An opportunity to learn

by Jemma on February 22, 2016

I attended the South Eastern District Training Day on Saturday 20th February primarily because it was an opportunity to learn something new. However, I also met lots of members from other clubs across the district, as well as many of the National Association Committee Members, so it was an opportunity to meet like-minded people too.

The thing that struck me the most about the day was how long some people have been coming to the Association of Speakers Clubs. There was lots of passion and energy in the room to spread the word about our clubs and to ensure we are offering what people need.

The morning was split into two sessions and being someone who hates to miss out on new knowledge and learning, I wanted to attend both. However, the plenary session in which each group shared their learnings helped to get around this. Both the session on marketing and PR for clubs and the session on constructing a speech were very well received by all who attended, with everyone feeling as though they were going away with new ideas and knowledge to use back in their clubs.

There was also a session on ‘Prescriptive Speaking’, which is designed for people who are already very accomplished public speakers and have a very specific purpose they have joined the club. For example, if someone has a presentation they need to give at work on a set topic and in a set format. This could be very useful for some of our speakers in the club!

All in all the day was about sharing with people what a great organisation the ASC is and ensuring the needs of our members are being met. Needless to say I came away with a notebook bursting with ideas. Watch this space!

Congratulations Sanjay Gupta!

by Jemma on December 4, 2015

Huge congratulations to Sanjay Gupta who received his certificate from the National President, William Warren last night to commend him on completing all 10 assignments. Sanjay has worked extremely hard on his public speaking and has represented the club at competitions too.

Well done Sanjay, you are an inspiration to us all!

Sanjay receiving his certificate

Dates for 2015/16 Season

by Jemma on August 31, 2015

We hope you have all had a fantastic summer break!

The club will be meeting again for the first time since the summer break on Thursday 10th September at 7pm. We will then be meeting every 2 weeks. Meetings are from 7pm until 9pm. Dates for the rest of the 2015/16 season are:

10th September 2015

24th September 2015

8th October 2015

22nd October 2015

5th November 2015

12th November 2015 (the venue is unavailable on 19th November)

3rd December 2015

7th January 2016

21st January 2016

4th February 2016

18th February 2016

3rd March 2016

17th March 2016

31st March 2016

14th April 2016

28th April 2016

12th May 2016

26th May 2016

9th June 2016

23rd June 2016

Is it your time to shine?

At Camden Town Speakers Club this Thursday evening you will have the opportunity to drive the club forward.

That’s because – in addition to doing some speaking! – we’ll be electing our new committee for the next season.

This won’t take up much of the meeting – and as ever ‘newbies’ are welcome on Thursday…

But it’s essential that we do this as it gives all members a chance to put themselves forward, and the club NEEDS volunteers or it ceases to exist. If we have more than one volunteer for any position, we’ll put it to a vote at the meeting.

Why do it?

There are at least 3 very good reasons to get involved:

1. You can help other people.

2. You’ll become a better speaker because you’ll get more opportunities to speak, and more exposure to organised public speaking.

3. Career-wise, it’s strong on any CV and will broaden your base of contacts.

So how could you get involved?

In an ideal world, clubs would have a:

  • President (overall direction, figurehead for club, and link to the Association of Speakers Clubs)
  • Treasurer (money)
  • Education Secretary (content)
  • Plus there can be other roles if more people volunteer e.g. Social Secretary.
In practice, I have been running the club pretty much single handedly (with an honourable mention to Esther, our Treasurer) for the last two years, and this consists of:

1.    Arranging the format of the meetings
2.    General correspondence with members, e.g. ‘I said I was doing a speech and now can’t make it’
3.    Writing the weekly email and adding to the website (I will create ‘screencast’ videos showing how to do all this)
4.    Sending a set email to new attendees explaining how to join
5.    Answering incoming email enquiries from potential new members – probably get 1 every 2 weeks on average
6.    Liaising with the venue – minimal
7.    In addition, Esther (also stepping down) keeps an eye on who has paid their annual subs, pays the venue once a month, orders new manuals from the ASC every so often as required, and pays the ASC our annual affiliation fee called ‘capitation’.
8.    Contact with the ASC is fairly minimal – they have a regional competition once a year which we put people forward for, and that’s about it.

I’d say this takes usually 1, and sometimes 2 hours/week, not including meetings.

Finally, to clarify on a question I was asked – being President of the club is not the same as chairing the meetings.

There is no reason why the President should have to chair every or indeed any of the meetings. All members can and should chair the meeting from time to time.

So – be there on Thursday to volunteer, or just to practice your public speaking. We meet from 7pm-9pm in the Small Hall at:

St Pancras Community Centre
30 Camden Street
London
NW1 0LG

Your nearest tube stations:

Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) – 0.2 miles, 5 mins walk
Camden Town (Northern Line) – 0.5 miles, 9 mins walk
Kings Cross-St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines) – 0.9 miles, 17 mins walk

See you on Thursday.

Robert.
Camden Speakers Club is back this Thursday 18 June – our penultimate meeting of the season with plenty of opportunity to practice and get feedback on your public speaking in a friendly, supportive environment.

Nick Chapman has devised a special word game for us, Jemma will have a Level 3 speech, Sanjay will have a Level 6 speech, and Nick P will be doing the general evaluation.

Members are invited to volunteer for any of the roles listed below – and non-members can come and see what the club is like and get involved in our two ‘topics’ (impromptu speaking) sessions:

  • Speech evaluations – L3 and L6
  • Topics evaluation
  • Chair
Please reply to volunteer for any of these roles.

We meet from 7pm-9pm in the Small Hall at:

St Pancras Community Centre
30 Camden Street
London
NW1 0LG

Your nearest tube stations:

Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) – 0.2 miles, 5 mins walk
Camden Town (Northern Line) – 0.5 miles, 9 mins walk
Kings Cross-St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines) – 0.9 miles, 17 mins walk

See you there…

Robert.

Can you help?

by Robert Tyson, President on June 9, 2015

Camden Speakers club returns next Thursday 18 June. This is our penultimate meeting of the season before our summer break and I hope you’ll be there BUT as I said a couple of weeks ago…

For the new season starting in the autumn, the club needs someone – and preferably a few people – to run it.

Could one of those people be YOU?

You DON’T have to be an experienced speaker to be involved (though being involved is one of the best shortcuts I know to becoming a better speaker, actually).

You DO have to have a modicum of common sense, and commitment – that’s all.

What’s in it for you?

Well, quite apart from improving as a speaker, and without sounding too grandiose, you WILL help members actually improve their confidence, careers and – yes – lives… 

And how often can we really say we’re doing that?

If you’d like to know more about how it works, contact me and I’ll let you know what’s involved.

Robert.
Camden Speakers Club is back tomorrow night, Thursday 4 June – with plenty of opportunity to practice and get feedback on your public speaking in a friendly, supportive environment.

Members are invited to volunteer for any of the roles listed below – and non-members can come and see what the club is like and get involved in our two ‘topics’ (impromptu speaking) sessions:

  • Pre-prepared speech from the manual (we have a slot available as Lori cannot now make the meeting)
  • Speech evaluation
  • Topics evaluation
  • General evaluation
  • Chair

Please reply to volunteer for any of these roles.

Sanjay will also be doing his Level 6 speech (‘Vocabulary & Word Pictures’), and we meet from 7pm-9pm in the Small Hall at:

St Pancras Community Centre30 Camden Street
London
NW1 0LG

Your nearest tube stations:

  • Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) – 0.2 miles, 5 mins walk
  • Camden Town (Northern Line) – 0.5 miles, 9 mins walk
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines) – 0.9 miles, 17 mins walk
See you there…
Robert.
Camden Town Speakers Club returns on Thursday – and we have spaces for members to evaluate…
  • Kaarel in the Chair
  • Sanjay will have a Level 6 speech (‘Vocabulary and word pictures’)
  • Jemma will have a Level 2 speech (‘Mean what you say’)
  • Evaluators needed for Topics, and the two speeches – please reply if you’re a member and would like to play one of these roles
  • Nick Chapman will have a special session for us
  • ALL welcome, member or first-timer, and you’ll get at least two chances to practice your speaking in a supportive environment
We meet from 7pm-9pm and you can find directions here.And by the way, please remember that the club needs someone – and preferably a few people – to run it.

Could one of those people be YOU?

Now: you certainly DON’T have to be an experienced speaker to be involved (though being involved is one of the best shortcuts I know to becoming a better speaker, actually).

You DO have to have a modicum of common sense, and commitment – that’s all.

What’s in it for you?

Well, quite apart from improving as a speaker, and without sounding too grandiose, you WILL help members actually improve their confidence, careers and – yes – lives… 

And how often can we really say we’re doing that?

If you’d like to know more about how it works, contact me and I’ll let you know what’s involved.

Robert.
Camden Speakers Club is back this Thursday 7th May. New face or old friend, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to practice your public speaking and get feedback in a supportive environment:

  • At least TWO opportunities to practice your public speaking in a friendly supportive environment through the ‘topics’ sessions (impromptu speaking)
  • Fatou will be doing her Level 1 speech (‘Making A Start’), with evaluation from Gemma
  • Sanjay will be doing his Level 6 speech (‘Vocabulary & Word Pictures’), evaluator TBC
  • Briam will be doing the topics evaluation, providing constructive feedback for all
  • Mike is in the Chair for the first time
  • Nick Chapman will have a special session for us
  • And Kaarel will evaluate the evaluators and Chair in his General Evaluation

We meet from 7pm-9pm in the Small Hall at:

St Pancras Community Centre30 Camden Street
London
NW1 0LG

Your nearest tube stations:

  • Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) – 0.2 miles, 5 mins walk
  • Camden Town (Northern Line) – 0.5 miles, 9 mins walk
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines) – 0.9 miles, 17 mins walk
See you there…
Robert.
Camden Speakers Club is back this Thursday evening so join us to practice your public speaking in a friendly supportive environment.

All are welcome from 7pm-9pm on Thursday and a packed evening will include:

  • At least TWO opportunities to practice your public speaking in a friendly supportive environment (no preparation required)
  • Nick Chapman will have a special session for us
  • Gemma has a Level 1 speech for us (‘Making A Start’), with evaluation from Briam
  • Sanjay will be doing his Level 5 speech (‘Use of Voice’), Evaluator TBC
  • Gemma will be evaluating the topics
  • And Nick will provide feedback on the Chair and Evaluators in his role as General Evaluator

We meet from 7pm-9pm in the Small Hall at:

St Pancras Community Centre30 Camden Street
London
NW1 0LG

Your nearest tube stations:

  • Mornington Crescent (Northern Line) – 0.2 miles, 5 mins walk
  • Camden Town (Northern Line) – 0.5 miles, 9 mins walk
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria Lines) – 0.9 miles, 17 mins walk
NOW is your time to become a better public speaker and gain confidence, so make sure you come along.
See you there,
Robert.

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