Spa Speakers is run by enthusiastic and committed volunteers on a part-time basis. Find out more about them, and what they do!
Spa Speakers Officers 2017-2018
President – Jas Kandula
Jas here. I’m Spa Speakers President, 2017-18. I used to dread public speaking. I was a shambolic, incoherent bag of nerves, and I had to do something about it! I struck gold when I found Spa Speakers. Thanks to the friendly, fun and supportive environment at the club and the amazing generosity of its members, I’ve conquered my nerves and now rather enjoy the stage. One of the great things about Spa Speakers is that it welcomes everyone. We have an equal mix of men and women, the young and the experienced, native english speakers and members with english as their second language, accomplished speakers and those at the beginning of their journey. The committee aims to make Spa Speakers the most fun, friendly and supportive place you can find in Leamington Spa, and to support each and every club member in acheiving their speaking and leadership goals. Sound like your kind of place? Come along and see what you think.
Vice President of Education – Harriet Cummings
Hello, I’m Harriet.
I confess, it took me a while to first come to Spa Speakers. Standing up in front of a room full of people has always been my idea of hell in a boardroom. Why would anyone put themselves through that?? But, six months on, I can honestly say I love being part of this group of people – they gave me such a warm welcome and have since supported my progress with both specific feedback and general good vibes! I encourage anyone who is tempted to give it a go, you won’t find a nicer place to face your fear of public speaking.
Vice President of Membership – Matt Dutton
Hi. I currently deal with the signing up of new members. I joined the group myself mainly to help with work situations where I may be called upon to speak or present to a group of people. I have found the group very useful as well as friendly and supportive.
Secretary – Tim Holmes
Hi I’m Tim, Club Secretary for 2017-18. I joined Spa Speakers in August 2016 to improve my public speaking skills. I have to say it does work! Within a year I feel more confident in speaking in public, and now accept regular invitations to speak at business events. Spa Speakers provides a friendly and supportive environment with one thing in common, they all want to help you improve your skills. Why not come along and see for yourself?
Sergeant at Arms – David Thompson
Hi there! I’m David and for the 2017-18 year I am Sergeant at Arms.
I first joined Toastmasters International clubs while living in London and they proved a great way to meet interesting new people and stretch my horizons. When I returned to Warwickshire last year, it was wonderful to find that Spa Speakers was a thriving club with a welcoming atmosphere, a great range of characters and a strong sense of camaraderie. Do come along to see for yourself …
Social Secretary – Fiona Clayton
Hello! My name is Fiona and I’m this year’s Social Secretary and Immediate Past President of Spa Speakers.
I first attended Spa Speakers three years ago. I sought it out because I work with some very good public speakers and I was inspired to improve my own communication skills. But I didn’t realise just how much I would benefit. My confidence to stand up and speak in front of others has grown massively and this has been noticed by my work colleagues. By taking part in a number of roles in the club I believe I’ve become a better leader and facilitator. And just as importantly, I’ve always found Spa Speakers to be a friendly, supportive club and I’ve made new friends. If you’re looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills in a friendly environment please do get in touch with us. You can come along to a meeting and not have to say a word and I promise you will receive a very warm welcome.
Mentor Manager – Jas Kandula
Jas again. I’m also Mentor Manager for the club, 2017-18. When new members join I find them a mentor. I am also first line of support for all mentors at the club, offering support, advice and encouragement as required. My aim is ensure each and every member of the club achieves their public speaking and leadership goals with the personalised, individual support that only a 121 relationship can offer.
What does the committee actually do?