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Fuel Not Fear: Seeing Failure Differently

Fuel Not Fear: Seeing Failure Differently
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Harriet Cummings

Novelist, script writer and member at Spa Speakers
Harriet is a debut novelist with a background in history of art and gender studies. As a script writer, she’s had work performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as independent venues around London. While studying at Faber Academy, Harriet threw herself into her first novel and hasn’t looked back since. We are very lucky to have her as our Vice President of Education.
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My name is Harriet Cummings and I am a failure. I’ve failed at many things throughout my life so far – from my grade 7 piano exam, to learning French and baking cheese soufflette. But why am I telling you…

How do I deliver a good speech evaluation?

How do I deliver a good speech evaluation?

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.
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Many thanks to Spa Speakers founder member Trish Bennett, who has written this expert summary on how to evaluate a speech. Trish is a pro at providing feedback that leaves the speaker encouraged and uplifted whilst also offering valuable pointers towards…

10 Tips for controlling your public speaking nerves

10 Tips for controlling your public speaking nerves
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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, Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations: Did you find…

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.

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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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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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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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

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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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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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…