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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Picture of book

Novel Competition

Swindon Speakers Club – Novel Competition

  1. The competition requires contestants to concentrate on the audible and not the visible techniques of speaking. The obvious use of notes or a full script will not disadvantage any speaker, nor will the lack of gestures.
  2. Contestants are required to write a completely original novelette of approximately 5 minutes duration. The title of the piece will be declared, as will the type; e.g. adventure, romance, historical, thriller, ghost, sci-fi etc. Any contestant who uses another author’s work or characters will be eliminated.
  3. Each contestant will be given 3 minutes exactly to present a reading of his/her novelette during which time the contestant should establish the plot, the period of the story and introduce the principal characters.
  4. The purpose of the presentation is to convince the audience that they want to know what happens next; i.e. they want to hear the rest of the story.
  5. Lights will be displayed as follows:

Picture of bookGreen           1 Minute 30 seconds

Amber          2 minutes

Red              2 minutes 50 seconds

Red OFF     at 3 minutes exactly

At which point the Chairperson will stop the contestant from speaking further.

 

  • (The Club winners will be voted on by the whole audience)
  •  The Winner will represent the Club at the District Competition in the autumn
  • At the District Meeting the winner will be decided by a panel of judges representing the three areas of the District. The winner will be required to recount the complete novelette.

NB: Note to competitors: Notification of the names of the contestants is not required prior to the day of the event. On arrival at the venue, the contestants should make themselves known in good time to the Chairperson of the competition.

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.