great speakers are made not born

Why Join us?

Regardless of the type of job you currently have, or will have in the future, chances are you will be required to do some speaking in public. However, the fear of public speaking still ranks as one of our top fears.... even before death. At Leighton Buzzard Better Speakers Club, we help you take the fear out of public speaking. By surrounding you with passionate, friendly and knowledgeable people, you will be able to quickly reach your public speaking goal. Learning public speaking with Leighton Buzzard Better Speakers Club will:

Improve your communication skill, leadership skill and massively improve your confidence;
Help you to read and understand people better;
Ensure you can effectively get your message across to audience of any size;
.... And most importantly, give you a voice;

A typical club night

Club nights are always fun, extremely exciting and give you the opportunity to show off those hours spent practising. Meetings are held monthly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Club meetings start at 7:30pm and end at 9:30om. A typical evening will include:

• Prepared Speeches. Three club members deliver a 5-7 minute's prepared speech. A prepared speech gives a practical approach to using the techniques developed through using the manuals and observing other club members;
• Impromptu speaking (Table Topics). Here you will develop the ability to organise thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic. Members are asked to give a 1-2-minute speech on a given topic;
• Evaluations. To grow as speakers, feedback is critical. Often the harshest critics are speakers themselves. Fellow members remind the speaker of their good point and make suggestions where members can enhance the speeches;
• Meeting Ends. Awards, reminders, future meeting and upcoming events are announced.

Becoming a Member

Membership

The membership fee is approximately £9 monthly. The fees pay for manuals, room rental, and other materials to help members become the best speaker & leaders they can be.

Development Programme

The self-paced learning and development programme is a structured series of 10 projects which will help to develop both your communication and leadership skills.

Communication Path

  • Project 1: The Ice Breaker
  • Project 2: Organise Your Speech
  • Project 3: Get to the Point
  • Project 4: How to Say It
  • Project 5: Your Body Speaks
  • Project 6: Vocal Variety
  • Project 7: Research your Topic
  • Project 8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
  • Project 9: Persuade with Power
  • Project 10: Inspire Your Audience

Leadership Path

  • Project 1: Listening
  • Project 2: Critical Thinking
  • Project 3: Giving Feedback
  • Project 4: Time Management
  • Project 5: Planning and Implementation
  • Project 6: Organisation and Delegation
  • Project 7: Facilitation
  • Project 8: Motivation
  • Project 9: Mentoring
  • Project 10: Team Building

Weekly meetings and past events

  • Humor Contest 2017
  • Rose Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) Surprised Dinner :)
  • Debate Team.
  • Lynton @ Hyde Park's Speakers Corner.
  • Speech Craft Mentoring Sessions
  • Members of the Leighton Buzzard Food Festival 2016 Team
  • Manuals and other Speech Resources.

About

“Great speakers aren’t born, they are trained.” –Dale Carnegie

Leighton Buzzard Better Speakers began life in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1992. Approximately 10 years ago, the club realised that most of the members were coming from Leighton Buzzard area and the club was relocated to the town centre. Our club is now located at Delta House, Hockliffe Street Baptist Church.

Leighton Buzzard Better Speakers Club is an affiliate of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organisation has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations. Join us and develop the skills needed for building confidence and success.

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