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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…

Evaluate to Motivate – why effective speech evaluation is so important

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

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…

A quick guide to getting started on your Pathways Icebreaker

A quick guide to getting started on your Pathways Icebreaker
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Pathways is live, but have you enrolled? Perhaps you are hesitating because you are a bit unsure of the steps you need to take to get started. Not to worry! We’ve created a couple of short educational videos that walk…

Doing your first prepared speech at Spa Speakers

Doing your first prepared speech at Spa Speakers
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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…

An introduction to the peculiar customs of Toastmasters clubs

An introduction to the peculiar customs of Toastmasters clubs
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.
Sally Lewis
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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…

How do I deliver a good speech evaluation?

How do I deliver a good speech evaluation?
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

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…

End of year review: what Spa Speakers achieved in 2017-2018

End of year review: what Spa Speakers achieved in 2017-2018
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It’s the 30th June 2018. The last day of the outgoing committee’s term. (sob..) It’s been an enjoyable and eventful year for us, with lots to be proud of. Our vision was to make Spa Speakers the most fun, friendly…

A Quick Introduction to the Pathways Educational Program

A Quick Introduction to the Pathways Educational Program
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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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Dear members, You’ve all been hearing whispers that a new Toastmasters educational program was due to arrive: the mysterious Pathways program. The time has finally come! It will be rolled out to our area on 20th March, so it’s quite…

How do I deliver a good general evaluation?

How do I deliver a good general evaluation?
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!
Rachael Siggers

Help! You’ve just been assigned the role of General Evaluator (GE)…where do you start? Taking on the role of GE is and exciting opportunity for you to provide valuable feedback to your club.  We are excited to share the following…

You Can’t Talk About That!

You Can’t Talk About That!
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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 topic, content or language. Toastmasters…