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The Value of Public Speaking

One of the best things that I have ever done was to visit a public speaking club. I learnt a huge amount of skills, made a lot of friends and improved my confidence immeasurably. It has also given me a lot of opportunities because most people tend to take a step backwards when the opportunity comes up to make a presentation.

Having the confidence and ability to communicate effectively in public is a valuable asset in both your personal and professional life. A public speaking club can help you to develop your skills and make you more relaxed about giving presentations. A structured programme and friendly, supportive members provide a safe environment to practice your presentation skills, experiment with new techniques and build confidence.’

I have been to various clubs at the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC). The ASC is a national organisation comprising approximately 150 clubs in England, Scotland and Wales. It helps members acquire and improve skills and techniques for effective public speaking.

Each member receives a manual giving guidance on various matters such as chairing meeting or developing particular skills in public speaking. It contains the ten tasks, which make up the basic manual (such as developing vocal variety, improving body language or constructing a speech).

In a traditional meeting, you will see 3 members give prepared presentations of 5-10 minutes in length. Each will be practising a particular aspect of public speaking such as gestures, speech construction, and use of voice or rapport. After the interval, everyone will be given the opportunity to give an impromptu 2-minute speech on a subject chosen by the Topics chair. At the end of the evening some of our experienced members will constructively evaluate every speech, each evaluator and the evening as a whole. They will offer praise, encouragement and useful tips for improvement.’

The Association of Speakers Clubs is a fantastic environment in which to develop speaking skills in a friendly and constructive environment. Knowing that one has the skills to deliver a presentation is terrific for personal confidence.

For more details about the ASC go to http://www.the-asc.org.uk.

Ian Lockyer