Last week I went as a visitor to Battle Speakers Club who are a member of Toastmasters International. “Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations” says the website. It helps people from all walks of life practice and learn to speak in public. I first encountered this in a club on my trip to Canada and I went along with a friend of mine to watch him give a speech. The meeting follows a set pattern and was almost the same in Battle as in Kitchener, Ontario.
At the Battle Speakers I found the club members were very welcoming indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening listening to speakers. In the second half they do something called Table Top Talks which is an improvised talk on a given subject. I decided to have a go! I had to talk about a fictional and silly product as if I were pitching it in the Dragons Den television series. You have up to 2 minutes to speak. I managed 50 seconds. But the crowd were pleased with what I did for my first time. I liked the evening so much I decided to go ahead and join the club. I think it will improve my public speaking which I seem to be doing more of, and will of course help with all my other performing too.
If you would like more information on Battle Speakers click here battlespeakers.co.uk.
And here for Toastmasters International www.toastmasters.org/
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