Speaking and Presenting
We try to make our speaking and presenting programme fun. Although it doesn’t usually involve cartwheels! Our learning and development focuses on public speaking and presenting, as you would expect. But we also place emphasis on confidence building and wider personal development. We have regular educational sessions, but mainly we learn by doing. The support and encouragement of fellow members is key, as is the advice and guidance offered by those with more experience. Let’s take a look at the various aspects.
Speeches & Presentations
Speech or Presentation?
A speech is usually delivered ‘straight’ i.e. without interruption. Presentations tends to incorporate visual aids and are more likely to include questions and answers at some point. However, the core building blocks for a great presentation are the same as for a speech.
Public Speaking is rather a grand term. In practice it is anything that’s a bit more than a conversation between two or three people. Our guidance will help you to develop all aspects of speaking to an audience, whatever its size. You will become a better all-round speaker so you are able to communicate effectively and confidently. Prepared speeches or presentations or speaking off-the-cuff, you will be in control.
Fear of Public Speaking
Public speaking fear, or glossophobia to give it its technical name, is common. Probably the majority of people who seek the help of a speakers’ club suffer apprehension to a greater or lesser degree when required to speak in public.
The good news is that it is possible to overcome our fears and to learn to speak confidently. In turn this will help with general confidence and self-esteem. Bromsgrove Speakers Club is friendly and welcoming. You will receive support and lots of encouragement from other members.
A fundamental aspect of being a club member is that you support the development of other members. When you have acquired a degree of expertise as a speaker, you will start to give feedback to other speakers. This is the cornerstone of our speaker development programme. Positive and encouraging feedback to other members is key. Showing them how they could improve their speech even further, is a real skill. You are never just a member of our audience. Your presence is always important.
When you become more experienced you will start to chair meetings. A good meeting chairman will take overall charge of the evening and all that it entails. They will take responsibility for making sure that everyone enjoys the meeting and learns from it.
We don’t have a specific leadership programme. But by being an active club member you will develop leadership skills. Leaders provide direction and they encourage the development of others. They help them to achieve their full potential. Leadership is not about gaining personal accolades; it starts by being a true team player.
There will be opportunities to join the Bromsgrove Speakers Club committee and to help to ensure the continuing success of the club as somewhere that supports and encourages members to become better speakers, better presenters, to be more confident and to develop to their full potential.
The national Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC) is always on the lookout for leaders at Area, District and National level. The sky’s the limit! And so is your potential to be a leader!
Why not come along for a taster evening to find out at first hand how we can help you?