swindon speakers

New dates added!

Open for the summer.

Swindon Speakers have always closed over the summer, to get a feel for a whole new year (think of it like the summer school holidays) but this year we are going against tradition!

Swindon Speakers are here for our members and after our last AGM and a very keen bunch of speakers, we have decided to keep our club open over the summer.

Now to make sure that we do not ‘over egg’ our members, and we are aware of holidays, children and other summer commitments such as Bar-Be-Ques so we have decided to roll out slowly at first. We are going to stay open over July with a view to run through August as well. So we want you to add;

13th July 2017

27th July 2017

– to your diaries. We will still run the club from 7.30pm until 10.00pm and we will continue to meet at The Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon. New members are more than welcome to come and try out our new programme for free (and to stay on for our next season if you like us).

As the Summer holidays are a new thing to us, we also want to try something new at the club. For the 2 months over summer we are going to be calling our summer meetings “Speaker Extra.” We want to be doing less of the formal club business and instead concentrate on delivering more training and allowing Assessment speeches to be practised and completed. These extra dates will allow the club to set up for a great 2017-2018!

Dress code will be summer wear only, sandals and surf boards are optional.

It will be great to see you all there!


Speaker bureau

Swindon’s very own Speaker Bureau

Over the last year, Swindon speakers have been working hard on opening and operating our very own speaker bureau. The exciting news is that we have already taken the first tentative steps and we are declaring that the bureau is now open for business!
We are excited to offer this brand new service from within our own club. We believe in sharing our skills and we would like to offer the businesses and events around Swindon access to a very select group of highly entertaining speakers.

Speaker bureau
Having been approached by groups and organisations in the past, we became aware that we did not advertise this unique service and this is why the bureau was created. We are happy to put businesses, groups, event organisers and expo’s in contact with our members to discuss any speaker matter.
We want to take as much guess work out of peoples’ search’s as possible, so we have developed and are running separate pages for our speakers. This is so that people can find the perfect match for their event.
We have approached and found 3 members, who have willingly volunteered their profiles to be the first members to join the bureau. We already know of other members who wish to join the bureau at a later date.
These 3 individuals are some of the more experienced members and we as a club are confident that they will deliver a great talk or speech at any event.
Our club runs a training and assessment program for all members which carries a nationally recognised qualification. We only represent Swindon Speaker members to ensure we can vouch for their abilities. Our speaker bureau members will have completed their A5 assessment and obtained a qualification from our speaker body, The ASC (Association of Speaker Clubs).
If you would like to book a Swindon Speaker for an event or would like more information please use our contact page.

ASC National Conference – Hilton Hotel, Gatwick Airport

This year’s ASC National Conference was held in the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport and provided a great opportunity to meet and mingle with speakers from other clubs who came from across the UK.

Our area (South West England) was represented by Wendy Wright, John Crawford and myself from Swindon SC and Amanda Rose from Dorset SC. We were especially proud of Wendy who was appointed Chief Judge in the Final of the National Speech Competition and gave an eloquent summary of this year’s top speeches before announcing the winners to a packed conference hall.

Our District (South West England & Southern Wales) had even more to celebrate when  Stephen Dance from Cardiff SC  came second in both the Speech Competition and the Topics Competition… a tremendous achievement.

The excitement continued when Wendy competed in the Final of the National Evaluation Competition, competing against no less than 3 members of the National Executive Committee, including the eventual winner. Wendy put on a great show and came away with a certificate and prize and much applause.

The weekend also included the AGM, several useful seminars and an opportunity to dress up in dinner jackets and elegant dresses for Saturday night’s Gala Dinner where we heard some amusing after-dinner speeches and were entertained by a stand-up comedian before stepping onto the dance floor for the disco.

John Mc

Winner of 2017 District Evaluation Competition

Congratulations to Wendy on winning the ‘Southern Wales & South West England’ Evaluation Competition at the District AGM!!

Wendy was presented with the trophy by the ASC National President, Neil Harvey and will now go forward to compete in the ASC National Finals held in the Gatwick Hilton Hotel in April.

Well done to JohnC who was runner-up in the Speech Competition and praise goes to the other Swindon competitors – Brian, Carl and JohnM – for their worthy contributions. Thanks also to Dorothy for providing lots of laughter in her humorous Topics interlude and for her efforts in running the raffle.

We were pleased to welcome all those who travelled down from Wales and the attendance of the National President was much appreciated. The day was enriched by the presence of Rosalie Harrop and Lindsay Dutch who travelled down from York. Lindsay (the ASC’s National Development Officer) also delivered an enlightening presentation on speech techniques which was well received.

Our meeting / AGM / Competition

Sunday 19th March 2017 – AGM and Competitions.

11:15 am. Let’s start off that AGM’s are boring – they may be important, but they are boring. So if you will allow me to brush over the initial part of today, there were lots of people discussing important things and electing new people to positions that ensure the smooth running of our clubs. Excellent – perhaps that is why I turned up 45 minutes into the session?

Anyhow the reason for this blog is to try something new, we are going to try a live blog as the day’s competitions progress – We have a Speech competition this morning and an Evaluators competition this afternoon, which I am a competitor. (I may already know who has won in my head…)

So lets wait and see what the first competition brings.

11:20 am. Competition has started – we have 6 speeches all being assessed and a winner will be announced. We are going through official bits – times, people in charge the necessities for competitions, I won’t bore you all but we are going through how the points are scored, presentation, contents and impressions are being discussed. So lets wait for the first Competitor.

11:23 am. Brian Barber “The exploding Grandma.” Funny, entertaining and memorable, for probably all the wrong reasons? Possibly the best ending for a ‘lovely’ lady..? And nothing to the family. On time and great delivery.

11:31 am. Dave Holden “Is change good?” Informative, different perspective and engaging. He just shot the district President with a paper aeroplane (might be some points deducted.. or added?) Good conclusion and finished on a high.

11:39 am. Wendy Wright “Just do it.” Just do something! Should be an advert for a sport clothing company maybe….? Let’s forget the singing element, good content and some great advice on getting fit-‘ter’. Motivational and some great word pictures coming through.

11:47 am. Steven Dance “Something to look forward to.” Strong voice, great gestures and something we are all going to have face – Old age! Good delivery and appropriate use of humour. Old people dancing Salsa.. No wonder hip replacements are so common? Great message delivered.

11:56 am. Welham Jones “Why that song is stuck in my head” – Ooops – nose bleed skipping to the next speaker, the excitement may have been too much?

11:57 am. John Crawford “There is always tomorrow.” Lamborghini owner? Stock markets going wrong? John explains why we are going to get (not so) rich… Good education on how not to get rich, animals on Wall Street? Bear market.. Deer or dear? Worried about my downside exposure now – but Donald Trump Ent sounds like a sure future. Funny, entertaining and great story teller.

12:05 pm. Welham is back…Starting his talk about chewing gum, how much he loathes it, with good audience interaction. Going well, waiting for the big reveal… The song about chewing gum! Great solution get the chewing gum companies to pay for clean up, or just ban it? Good thought provoking talk – opening debate.

That is the end of the Competition, we are probably going to break for dinner whilst the judges finish their marking… Back at 1pm…

1.33 pm. Lunch took longer than we thought we are now back – we have the evaluators competition next – and I am up first. So it might be quiet for a while. Awaiting the target speech and then some serious scribbling.

1.36 pm. Lindsey Dutch giving the rules and expectations… Another boring part, timings, scoring.. etc. No.. no.. got that wrong, he is giving a quick run down of why speaking and how it all works he has promised it is a 30 minute input. Good fun, interaction and knowledge share. Breaking down the speakers guide – running through the assessment speeches from A1 to A10, explaining what we need to look for and how they should be delivered.

2.06 pm. We have passed the 30 mins and are just getting to A4..

2:18 pm. We have just got to the A5.. only a few more to go..? Well half way…

2:36 pm. An hour in to a 30 minute input and we are at A7.

2.45 pm. All done. we finished on A8 and it was a good input. Chance for a quick break, now competition time! Nigel Speedy is up and chairing the competition. Now the rules and the order in speaking… Me first.

2:50 pm. Claire Thompson gave her target speech “Apprenticeships” between 6-8 mins needing assessment on key area of the assessment guide. He speech was actually very good, all about her experiences of ‘to uni, or not to uni…’ Speech finished now taken off for the assessment phase. We have 8 minutes to write our reviews and then go back and deliver them.

———-No laptops and no cheating ——————

Sorry this is where it gets a bit flimsy – I know I gave my review, followed by John, then Wendy, then 3 others not from our club… All very good feedback, delivering good and bad points.

Straight after the competition, sorry I could not get my laptop to finish this all off, but the results were read off…

Steve Dance won the speeches competition and our own club president Wendy won the evaluators competition.

The meeting closed quite quick and we were all out the room just after 4pm. What a day, I am shattered!

Well done to John Crawford for organising an excellent event and the rest of the team for supporting and stepping in, not forgetting Dorothy for organising all the raffles and doing an impromptu topics session.