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Choosing the right words when evaluating

Choosing the right words when evaluating
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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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To evaluate a speech well is a challenging endeavour. First, you’ve got to carefully listen to the content and observe the performance of the speech, looking out for strengths as well as opportunities for improvement. Second, you’ve got to prioritise…

Some thoughts on how to deliver an excellent evaluation

Some thoughts on how to deliver an excellent evaluation
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Fiona Clayton

Former President and Social Secretary at Spa Speakers
I sought out Spa Speakers 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.
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Evaluation is the feedback we give to each other in Toastmasters.  A well-structured and appropriately delivered evaluation lets us know what we did well and what we could improve on. In the context of Toastmasters we may be called upon…

5 reasons why Toastmasters doesn’t work for everybody

5 reasons why Toastmasters doesn’t work for everybody
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Toastmasters International has over 350,000 members worldwide and has been around for ages. Why? The educational program works. Rather than focussing on endless theory and book learning, members engage in highly participative learning that involves regularly giving speeches and taking…

Watch the clock when performing on stage!

Watch the clock when performing on stage!
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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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Ever witnessed the following scenario? On the stage, a speaker is passionately delivering their carefully, nay, lovingly crafted speech. After a while, the green light is turned on to indicate to the speaker the end of his time approaches. A…

Want to give a speech on a controversial topic?

Want to give a speech on a controversial topic?
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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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From Toastmasters International website: “Members often hear “through the grapevine” that speeches concerning politics, religion and sex are forbidden by Toastmasters International because “such controversial subjects are not appropriate.” This is not true. Toastmasters International does not prohibit any speech…

Evaluate to Motivate – why effective speech evaluation is so important

Evaluate to Motivate – why effective speech evaluation is so important
Rachael Siggers

Rachael Siggers

Member at Spa Speakers
I first heard of Toastmasters many years ago in my last year at Teacher’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!
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Evaluating a speaker can be daunting, but following a structured set of guidelines can make it less so, lead to more effective evaluations and result in greater growth, for both individual members and the club as a whole. This article…

Accelerate your speaking progress by getting filmed

Accelerate your speaking progress by getting filmed
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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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Watching videos of yourself performing on stage has a number of benefits. What are they? raises your awareness of how you come across to others, acts as a record of your progress accelerates your development as a speaker if you…

Make your presentation with visual aids a success

Make your presentation with visual aids a success
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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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Need some visual aids when making your speech at the club? If you would like to give a presentation using software such as Powerpoint or Keynote, Spa Speakers offers you the facility of a 50″ HDTV to connect to your…

Stop, Pause Or Play?

Stop, Pause Or Play?
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Brigitte Nix

Member at Spa Speakers
Aside from being a much loved member of the club renown for her evocative turns of phrase and wonderful writing, Brigitte is a Life Consultant. She is trained in a range of therapies, techniques and coaching models, complementary to general medical care, to promote healthier living. You can find out more here.
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When a famous artist was asked to what he attributes his phenomenal success he answered with a chuckle in his voice “I don’t stop myself.” Easier said than done? You’d be surprised. If you are afraid of public speaking but…

How to write a contest-winning speech in 6 easy steps

How to write a contest-winning speech in 6 easy steps
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Fiona Clayton

Former President and Social Secretary at Spa Speakers
I sought out Spa Speakers 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.
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On Sat 13 May 2017, I watched nine Toastmasters deliver their practised and perfected speeches in the national finals in Manchester – the winner of which would be going through to Vancouver to represent District 71, which includes UK and…