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Michael Roberts, Our Travelling Toastie!

Michael Roberts, Our Travelling Toastie!

Michael Roberts-Owen

Member at Spa Speakers
With a degree in Animal Science and Health, a strong interest in research, and a love of farm animals, I ended up working in a livestock research centre.I recently started my masterโ€™s degree in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology, which I am doing part time around my existing job.Ultimately I want to get my PhD (in parasitology, of course).Alas, this sort of thing is much better for people who can speak in front of other people, which is how I ended up joining Spa Speakers.
Michael Roberts-Owen

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A couple of months back, I came across an e-mail about “Travelling Toasties”.ย  The idea is for club members to visit other clubs, with the aim of supporting them and also gaining insight into other ways of running their own…

Read Bill Bate’s account of joining Spa Speakers

Read Bill Bate’s account of joining Spa Speakers
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    Spa Speaker and man of many talents Bill Bates shares his experience of contesting at his very first Toastmasters speech contest. This is a great read thanks to Bill’s brilliant writing skills and genuine, humble nature. Click here…

Founder member Trish shares why she joined Toastmasters

Founder member Trish shares why she joined Toastmasters

Trish Bennett

Founder member and former President at Spa Speakers
I made my icebreaker speech in April 2004. Some of the committee roles I have had include Secretary, Vice President of Membership and Mentor Manager. I was elected President in 2010. I have also taken part in many speech contests, table topics and evaluation. Taking part in contests is very challenging, not least to know you have faced your deepest fears! Founder of Toastmasters International Ralph Smedley said "we work together to bring out the best in each of us, and then apply our skills to help others". That sums up for me the ethos of the club.
Trish Bennett

Like many others it was for career progression. I was being asked to give talks and presentations more and more often in my role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the NHS. Not only that, but as my career progressed…

Joining Spa Speakers: Rachael’s Story

Joining Spa Speakers: Rachael’s Story

Rachael Siggers

Member at Spa Speakers
I first heard of Toastmasters many years ago in my last year at Teacherโ€™s College in New Zealand. I went along to my first meeting that week and was immediately hooked! When I came to live in England, one of the first things I did was to check out online where the closest club would be. I was excited to discover Spa Speakers. I really enjoy preparing for speeches and roles, and always feel really positively charged at the end of each meeting!
Rachael Siggers

Fellow Toastmasters, Rachael (who might just be our most energising member!) has kindly shared her experiences of Toastmasters and Spa Speakers. This is a great read so enjoy! The Spa Speakers Committee I first heard of Toastmasters many years ago…

Joining Spa Speakers: Steve Bird

Joining Spa Speakers: Steve Bird

Steve Bird

Vice President of Education at Spa Speakers
I have worked in Coventry / Warwick for many years and finally relocated approximately 6 years ago. I spent my first 50 years living in Chelmsford / Braintree, Essex. My background is Project / Programme Management and I have had the good fortune to work for and with many interesting people in the Roads technology sector. I joined Spa Speakers 5 months ago with the objective to improve my public speaking abilities.My experience to date confirms I made the correct decision. I have even found myself becoming involved in the organisation of the clubs activities and I am enjoying the complete experience. I am looking forward to the future and what it will bring.
Steve Bird

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Dear readers, What’s it like joining Spa Speakers? Steve Bird shares his early experience with us. The Spa Speakers Committee I have been a member of the Spa speakers group for a very short time having been introduced to the…