Public Speaking Training
Public Speaking is a rather grand term, but in practice it is anything that's a bit more than a conversation between two or three people. Our public speaking training programme gives you the opportunity to develop all aspects of speaking to an audience, regardless of its size. We help you to become a better all-round speaker so you are able to communicate effectively and confidently, whether it is a prepared speech or presentation or speaking off the cuff.
Our Public Speaking Training Programme
Becoming a good speaker is a matter of building skills and confidence, block by block. With our public speaking training you will develop your skills and confidence by delivering short, prepared speeches that focus on a particular aspect. For example, how you use your voice or the way you use body language. We refer to these building blocks as assignments. Each is reviewed by an experienced member, who will provide helpful feedback. Assignments can be tackled at your own pace.
When you become a member, you will be presented with a copy of The Speakers Guide. It contains information on all aspects of speaking, including speaking assignments, and supports our in-club training. You can see a list of assignments below.
Making A Start
Mean What You Say
Use of Voice
Vocab & Word Pictures
The Impromptu Speech
Using Presentation Aids
Delivering A Lecture
An After Dinner Speech
The Written Speech
Speaking Without Notes
There are further assignment challenges available for experienced speakers
So what does a typical evening look like at Bromsgrove Speakers Club?
Prepared Speeches or Presentations
At most meetings there will be two or three prepared speeches, normally of 6-8 minutes. These prepared speeches provide the building blocks for speaker development. Each of these will focus on a particular aspect of speaking. Over time you will work through the various assignments that cover the main elements that form the building blocks of a good speech. Each is evaluated by an experienced club member. The emphasis will be on the strong points and also giving sensitive and constructive advice on opportunities for improvement. This educational aspect is for the benefit of everybody, not just the speaker. It is the key element in our public speaking training in Bromsgrove Speakers Club.
After the interval, usually we have ‘Topics’ impromptu speaking. The person chairing will nominate a topic and call a member to the lectern. They then attempt to speak for two minutes with no preparation. Typically there will be seven or eight speakers in the Topics session. An evaluator reviews all of the speeches and again highlights strong points and opportunities to improve further. The Topics session provides invaluable learning, as it teaches us to be able to think and speak at the same time. Vital in meetings or job interviews!
From time to time we have educational sessions that address specific aspects of speaking and presenting. Often these will be of an interactive nature. We like to involve everyone at some point during a club evening. Some will be delivered by experienced club members and occasionally by members from other clubs.
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What other skills can I develop at Bromsgrove Speakers Club?
As mentioned above, evaluation is an important aspect of our evenings. It is at the heart of our public speaking training. Evaluations aren't just for the benefit of the person being evaluated, they should offer learning for all. Good evaluations highlight and praise the positives and offer guidance on how improvements could be made if appropriate. When you have gained the necessary experience and confidence, you will be offered the opportunity to be an evaluator. Having evaluation skills can be very useful beyond the speakers' club environment.
You may have experience of chairing meetings already. But if you haven't, Bromsgrove Speakers Club is a great place to develop the skills and confidence to be an effective meeting chair. For most club evenings there are two chairing roles. We have an overall meeting chair and a Topics chair - the person who runs our impromptu speaking session. When you are ready, you will be offered the opportunity to chair, with guidance provided. As with other roles, chairing skills have wider benefits.
We don't have a specific programme of leadership training in Bromsgrove Speakers Club. Nevertheless, by being an active club member you will develop leadership skills. Leaders provide direction and they encourage the development of others, helping them to achieve their full potential for the benefit of all. The club is always looking for people who provide leadership by getting involved, even if in a low-key way. We are members of the national Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC), which provides the opportunity to become involved beyond Bromsgrove Speakers Club. Find out more.
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