Weekly Topics Skills

Calendar of optional skills to practice during topics sessions, season 2013/14

For beginning speakers, just getting on stage and DOING a topic is challenge enough, and that’s OK!

But we also like to keep topics interesting for our more experienced speakers, and raise awareness of key speaking skills and techniques for everybody, by theming each club evening with the following skills or techniques:

  • 17 Sep – Lists of three
  • 1 Oct – Pauses
  • 15 Oct – Alliteration
  • 5 Nov – Repetition
  • 19 Nov – Pacing
  • 3 Dec – Gestures
  • 17 Dec – Contrasts
  • 7 Jan – Rhetorical questions
  • 21 Jan – Imagery
  • 4 Feb – Volume
  • 18 Feb – Facial expressions
  • 4 Mar – Props
  • 18 Mar – Slow it down
  • 1 Apr – Eye contact
  • 15 Apr – Smiling
  • 6 May – Humour
  • 20 May – Diction
  • 3 Jun – Anecdotes
  • 17 Jun – Open with a bang
  • 1 Jul – Ham it up
  • 15 Jul – End with a bang
  • Note: there are no themes for topics when we meet on the fifth Tuesdays of the month

If you can demonstrate the night’s skill or technique in your topic, you deserve some extra goodwill from your peers when we come to vote on the (not too serious!) topic of the night!