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Everything you need to know to take part in a Toastmasters speech contest (almost)

Everything you need to know to take part in a Toastmasters speech contest (almost)
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

The best way to find out if it’s for you is to try it! Visit us as a guest, totally free, with no obligation to join, and see if we have something to offer you.
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Thinking of taking part at a Toastmasters speech contest? Already thrown caution to the wind and dropped your name into the hat? Then this article might be useful to you. The subject? The absolute fundamentals that contestants must be acquainted…

Everything you wanted to know about speech contest admin (but were afraid to ask!)

Everything you wanted to know about speech contest admin (but were afraid to ask!)
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

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Dear Spa Speakers, Many of you will be involved with supporting the administration of our club speech contest, often for the very first time. You may have already been asked to perform a particular role, or you have yet to…

How do I use D71?

How do I use D71?
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

The best way to find out if it’s for you is to try it! Visit us as a guest, totally free, with no obligation to join, and see if we have something to offer you.
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Picture the scene: we are 15 minutes from starting our regular Spa Speakers meeting. The Toastmaster of the evening, anxious to run a fun and efficient session, can see on the agenda that certain members who are assigned to do…

Help us run a great contest!

Help us run a great contest!
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

The best way to find out if it’s for you is to try it! Visit us as a guest, totally free, with no obligation to join, and see if we have something to offer you.
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Club speech contests are highlights of the Spa Speakers year. We run up to three contests nights annually: a humorous speaking and Table topics contest; a prepared speech and evaluation speech contest; and a Tall Tales contest. We get to…

Overcoming self sabotage

Overcoming self sabotage
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Jill Roberts

Member at Spa Speakers
Jill Roberts is a dynamic, inspirational speaker and writer who helps inspire people to determine what they would love to be doing and to remove the barriers to succeeding with those goals.
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We were sat over a cup of tea after a meeting and I was telling Tim that I was excited about presenting my “Overcoming Self Sabotage” workshop. “What is self sabotage?” Tim asked me. Well, I should know all about…

Why become a mentor?

Why become a mentor?
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

The best way to find out if it’s for you is to try it! Visit us as a guest, totally free, with no obligation to join, and see if we have something to offer you.
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A mentor recognises an individual who has less experience, cultivates her potential and talents, and helps her succeed. – Competent Leader manual Most of us join a club like Spa Speakers because we want to develop our skills in public…

Rocket fuel for your mentoring relationship

Rocket fuel for your mentoring relationship
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Spa Speakers

Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

The best way to find out if it’s for you is to try it! Visit us as a guest, totally free, with no obligation to join, and see if we have something to offer you.
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What is it? Quite simply, it’s for mentors and mentees to stay in regular touch. Why? 3 reasons. 1. To stop the relationship dying off If a mentor and mentee are not in regular touch, there isn’t a productive relationship. If…

Marina O’Callaghan, DTM and founder member of Spa Speakers shares her story

Marina O’Callaghan, DTM and founder member of Spa Speakers shares her story
Marina O'Callaghan

Marina O'Callaghan

Founder member and DTM at Spa Speakers
Marina has had a truly distinguished career with Toastmasters. Since joining Oxford Speakers Club in late 2000, she has been a VPM, a Club President and Area Governor, helped launch two clubs (Spa Speakers and Bicester Achievers Club), and has earned the highest award at Toastmasters, the fabled Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM). Marina is currently taking a break due to health reasons, though still mentors 2 very lucky Toastmasters.
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Dear Spa Speakers, Marina O’Callaghan was an instrumental figure in founding Spa Speakers and kindly shared her account of how our favourite club got off the ground back in 2004. Thank you Marina, we continue to benefit from the great…

An introduction to the peculiar customs of Toastmasters clubs

An introduction to the peculiar customs of Toastmasters clubs
Sally Lewis

Sally Lewis

Former club president at Spa Speakers
It was with grim reluctance a couple of years ago that I crossed the threshold into my first Spa Speakers meeting. Feeling much more comfortable in an audience than under a spotlight, my preference would have definitely been for there not to be a need to join a public speaking club. However, my best endeavours to secure a job that didn't require me to make myself understood through the spoken word had proved unsuccessful, so in the interests of professional survival I came along to Spa Speakers. Once I got over the initial perplexity of the Toastmaster meeting etiquette (clapping, handshakes and the opening address), I could see that it would be my best chance at having a 'safe environment' to practice speaking skills, develop confidence and learn from some very talented members.

I still don't quite know how I've ended up as the 2014/15 Club President, it certainly hasn't been borne out of a newfound love of hearing my own voice. However, it is something of which I'm so proud. I like to think we have a really friendly group of diversely interesting members which in itself seems to attract more of the same from new guests, most of whom choose to become members. So whilst I still struggle to see past the irony that I - an employee who still makes heartfelt efforts to avoid giving presentations at work - can call myself President of a public speaking club, there's a lot of pride in the fact that for this year I'm heading up such a great group of people.

So a little about myself: I've worked in various analytical roles in the energy industry for nearly 10 years and am currently working in electricity regulation. Outside work, if I'm not at a Spa Speakers meeting I can sometimes be found on a spinning bike at the gym or on a (not particularly long) run, sweating it out whilst probably mulling over what might be a good topic for my next speech. For me it's all about calories-in/calories-out and these activities are definitely a means to an end ... which for me is wanting to minimise the guilt I feel when indulging in my top pastime: eating vast quantities of Maltesers. I'm also a great procrastinator and love to peruse news sites when I'm meant to be doing more productive activities.
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It’s been quite a while since taking my first tentative steps across the threshold of Helen Ley into the illustrious public speaking world of Toastmasters. But I have to say, despite the time that has elapsed since then, I have…

Why keeping your commitment to doing a speech is so important

Why keeping your commitment to doing a speech is so important
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Spa Speakers is a lively public speaking club based in Leamington Spa. Our mission is to help people like you become more confident communicators and leaders, no matter what your current level and experience.

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One of best things about being part of Spa Speakers is that you get the chance to deliver speeches of on any topic you choose at regular meetings. You can share your passion with a captive crowd; practice delivering a…