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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…

Doing your first prepared speech at Spa Speakers

Doing your first prepared speech at Spa Speakers
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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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Doing a prepared speech for the first time is a big moment for every member. What is the best way to prepare? Whilst there is no single answer, here are a few suggestions to make your first speech as enjoyable…

Rocket fuel for your mentoring relationship

Rocket fuel for your mentoring relationship
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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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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…

5 ways to be a good mentee

5 ways to be a good mentee
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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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Mentoring is one of the most important aspects of the Spa Speakers educational program; however, for your mentor to have maximum impact, it’s vital that you, as mentee, play your part too. Here are 5 things you can do to…

What is the role of the grammarian?

What is the role of the grammarian?
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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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The grammarian plays a small but important role in the meeting, encouraging everyone to select the words that best serve their message. Although some people might be intimidated by this role and its discussion of grammar, all that’s needed is…

Fuel Not Fear: Seeing Failure Differently

Fuel Not Fear: Seeing Failure Differently
Harriet Cummings
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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

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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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.

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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…