Newport Speakers Club is sending out an invitation for new members.
Do you fit the bill? That is, do you:
Feel panic if you are asked to speak out loud?
Feel too shy to put your point of view?
Want to improve your personal confidence and communication skills?
Need to speak as part of your job?
Have to speak at a function, such as make a wedding speech?
Have to face that job interview?
Need to speak at any social or business occasion?
Already have an interest in speaking?
Just feel you'd like to try it?
If the answer to any of these is 'YES' then why not come along and visit us?
What do we do?
The Club is open to everyone. It is a mutual self-help organisation where groups of people come together to help support each other to gain confidence and learn a valuable life skill while having some fun. Anyone who comes along and hopes to learn how to be an effective speaker and help others to be an effective speaker will be delighted with the outcome. That person will be given the opportunity, the support, the knowledge and the feedback in a relaxed friendly environment which is the most efficient way to become an effective speaker. Our system works because there is no substitute for experience gained by having a go, gaining feedback and absorbing experience by watching and listening to others.
How do we do it?
We use a ten-stage programme which provides a framework for the educational development of members. The programme gives advice on how to improve one's skills in public speaking from the earliest stage through to advanced performance. This programme has been proven to work over many years but is totally flexible and means that new members are able to move at a pace they find most suitable.
Our programme covers the various skills covered by the followiing assignments:
•A1 Making a Start – your first speech
•A2 Mean What You Say – speak with sincerity, conviction and persuasiveness
•A3 Speech Construction – master the art of arranging what you want to say in a logical and consistent manner
•A4 Use of Gestures – learn to use your hands, face and whole body to improve your effectiveness as a speaker
•A5 Use Your Voice – develop good voice modulation. The voice is a speakers most powerful weapon
•A6 Vocabulary and Word Pictures – emphasise your message by careful choice of vocabulary and word pictures
•A7 The Use of Notes – learn to write suitable notes that do not intrude or interrupt the flow of the speech
•A8 The Use of Humour – helps you to explore different types of humour, allowing you to develop a style that fits your character
•A9 Audience Rapport – what all speakers are aiming to achieve
A10 “The Masterpiece” - this completes a speaker's basic training, demonstrating all the skills that have been developed along the way
You will also have the opportunity to learn the skills involved in chairing a meeting and impromptu speaking.
Various details including our next meeting can also been found on our Meetup site, but this is what happens on a typical night:
Speeches - These are 7 minute speeches that people have prepared. These get evaluated so we can encourage and correct.
Topics session of 2-3 minute speeches that we have to make up on the spot. One of our members picks the topics for the evening. These can be really fun because they're off the cuff, and it gives us practice at thinking on our feet!
We also have a break for tea or coffee to get to know each other.
By joining you will take the first step on a great journey
Few skills will impact on your life as positively as learning to speak in public.
How can I join?
Why not come along to one of our meetings, at 19.15 for 19.30 start on 1st Wednesday of every month and the 3rd Wednesday of every month except the summer months of June, July and August.
Why not email firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call Club President Rob Litherland on 01432 870221
or Club Secretary Stephen Dance on 01291 620819 for an informal chat?
Or turn up at one of our meetings. You'll be made very welcome to sit, listen or take part.
We meet at Langstone Methodist Church, Catsash Road, Langstone NP18 2LZ
Hope to see you soon!!!