January goes off with a bang

The New Year started off with a bang.

January’s first meeting brought new visitors from near and far!

We certainly hope the few omissions, made on their first night at the club, doesn’t put them off visiting again. Especially, as they did really well at the topic session.picture: Laura gets trophy for her practice speech

The omissions were put down to recovering from the festivities.

Laura won the  evaluator’s cup for her practice speech. The topic was the launch of a new range of hair care products, for her work.

 

Kevin, who has been a member for less than a year, received his A5 certificate, which had to come from head office.  Well done!

This means he can now join the Speaker’s bureau if he wishes.

Open Mic

We had open mic session which was meant to help members practice using a microphone. However more than half chose not to use it.

Nonetheless it was a very interesting an enjoyable evening.

We had poems, stories, where we learned about Wiltshire, a relaxation ‘magic trick’ which involved changing the weight of stones, a very good joke from a Cardiff visitor and an amazing song.

Most of the evening was videoed so that members could judge and evaluate themselves once the recordings were put onto our youtube channel.  This is yet another learning opportunity.

As if proof were needed  of what a great speaker Kevin is, he also passed his A7 speech at the end of January and won evaluator’s cup for his accapella performance in the open mic session.

 

More details of the meetings can be found on the meeting notes page

 

 

 

 

Visitor wins trophy

December excitement Photo of new member David receiving member's pin from president Sue

After another new member David, passed his A1 and received his member’s pin at the end of November, what was in store for us in December?

It is wonderful to have visitors attend our meeting.

photo of Visitor receiving tropy

 

 

 

Even more so, when they are willing to take the challenge to step up and speak, unprepared on a topic they are given, just a few minutes before hand.

When one of these guests performs as well or even better than some of the members, it is only fitting that they should receive the trophy for the best performance of the evening.

Well done Sarah-Jane and welcome to to the group now you are a fully fledged member.

So, if you have considered coming along as a visitor, you will be very welcome and who know where it might take you.

Remember your first two visits are free of charge.

Just come along and join the excitement!

Photo finishpicture of Santa in car

As you will see from the meeting notes, we finished off our 20th Dec meeting, with the President’s Revels. Working in groups of three, each person had to either start, follow or end a story related to Christmas.

The president gave us the first line.

One was a story staring with: ‘all the presents were in the boot of the car’ ended like this picture taken a couple of days after the meeting.

Annual Dinner

On 17th Nov, club members, friends and family gathered for the annual dinner.

Picture of group sat at the tables in the restaurant

 

This was a great opportunity for members to get to know each other a little better.

 

One of the members organised a raffle to raise much needed funds for Brighter futures.

member and wife receive flowers and wedding gift

 

 

 

 

It was also an opportunity to give a wedding present and card to one member who had revealed in his speech only a few days earlier that he had got married.

Picture of group sat at the tables in the restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fabulous evening.

Members were delighted with the £100 raised for the hospital charity.

Proud moment

Joining

Last year, it became clear to me that I really wanted and needed to improve my pubic speaking skills in order to help my business grow.

I needed more practice but more importantly feedback.  Not just from friends or people who wanted to be nice to me, but honest feedback, so that I would know what was working and what was not.

A friend mentioned she was a member of a speakers club, so I did a little research.  I felt that at £40 for membership of the Swindon speakers club, I really had nothing to loose.

I had to re-organised my diary so I could be available on Thursday nights and was able to join Swindon Speakers Club in September 2018.

Much to gain

Well I don’t know about nothing to loose, there is so much to gain. The group is so friendly and welcoming that in just a few months, I feel like I am part of a family.  All the members are helping me on my journey to becoming a better speaker, one I can be proud to be and hopefully, one day a professional one.

What I didn’t realise, when I joined, is that the group is part of a national association of speakers clubs. Nor that there are competitions and other areas of personal development  and leadership that they help with, not just public speaking.

Photo of Julie Nicholls receiving Member's Pin.
Julie Nicholls receives Member’s Pin from President Sue Holden after passing A1 Speech.

I am loving the enthusiasm and support in the group as well as the challenge, to speak unprepared, for three minutes on a topic I might know nothing about.

It was a very proud moment for me, when I received my member’s pin from the president, after passing my A1, the first prepared speech.  You can find it on our  youtube channel.

 

New 2018-19 Season

September is coming around fast. The committee have been hard at work sorting, organising and arranging our new season.

On 6th September, we will be back at The Blunsdon House Hotel, meeting at 7.30pm for our first meeting.

This year, we have a new club president and team of committee members all wanting to make this year bigger and better than the last.

Photo of new president Sue

New members

For everyone who has ever wanted to come and has felt a little frightened, we love welcoming new members.

We are expecting a few new members to come to our first meeting, we will always make time to chat and answer any questions.

Value for Money

We always have been, and will always be exception value to money.

New members are welcome on a trial basis. Come and visit our club for 2 meetings and see how you get on.

After the 2 visits, membership is only £40 that is for the entire year.

There are no additional meeting payments (only additional outlay is an ASC Speaker manual which is only £10 and can be purchased when ready).

We are Swindon’s best kept speaker secret and we are about to kick off our new year.

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!