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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.

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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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…

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…

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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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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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…

Fiona comes 3rd in the division speech contest!

Fiona comes 3rd in the division speech contest!
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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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Three huge cheers are in order for Fiona Clayton, who came 3rd place in the division evaluation speech contest last month. This is a fantastic achievement: this was her very first contest; she had to battle her way through the…

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…

Newsflash! Fiona and Rachael do fantastic at the area competition!

Newsflash! Fiona and Rachael do fantastic at the area competition!
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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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Fiona and Rachael represented Spa Speakers at the area level contest in Leicester last weekend. We’re proud to report that both did fantastic! Rachael came 3rd in the Prepared Speech Contest with her fantastic account of a teacher who inspired…