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Joining Spa Speakers: Louise’s Story

Joining Spa Speakers: Louise’s Story
Former Vice President of Public Relations and Secretary at Spa Speakers
In my day job I am a developer of environmental management information systems. Like the majority of our members I joined because I wanted to improve my presentation skills. I am married and have 2 sons. If I’m not on the sidelines watching my kids' sporting triumphs I like to run (slowly) and we also have an allotment which needs regular TLC.
Louise Weickert
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Dear Toastmasters, Louise Weickert, who has served on the committee and has achieved the Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze awards has shared her story with Spa Speakers. Big thanks to Louise for this article, and for her ongoing…

What sort of person joins a Toastmasters club?

What sort of person joins a Toastmasters club?
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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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Take a look at this infographic to find out! Source: https://www.toastmasters.org/about/demographics

Joining Spa Speakers: Zoe’s Story

Joining Spa Speakers: Zoe’s Story
Much loved former Vice President of Membership at Spa Speakers
Like many I joined Spa Speakers purely to improve my public speaking techniques. My professional background is within Project Management where I worked for 13 years on numerous Telecommunications and Highways projects. I love most sport but after several injuries, I reluctantly decided to hang up my football boots and gracefully retire taking up tennis as my new chosen sport! I am married to Peter and have 2 children (Rory & Zara).
Zoe Eccleson
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  Our former Vice President of Membership shares what her first 9 months at Spa Speakers was like! I’ve been attending Toastmaster meetings at Spa Speakers for nearly 9 months now. I remember the first night I attended in mid…

Founder member Trish shares why she joined Toastmasters

Founder member Trish shares why she joined Toastmasters
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
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

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
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.
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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…