Welcome to the website for Cheltenham Speakers Club. Part of Toastmasters International, we are a local group of likeminded, friendly people who want to improve our public speaking and help others improve theirs.
We meet on the 1st, 3rd (and sometimes the 5th) Tuesday of every month in the upstairs room of The Exmouth Arms, on Bath Road in Cheltenham. We meet at 7.15 to start at 7.30 and finish before 10.00.
Our club provides a safe space for you to practice public speaking in front of the most supportive group of people who've "all been there". No matter what your skill level, you can always improve. Complete beginners are more than welcome! You are welcome to come and observe one or two meetings.
For more information about how the club works use the 'Guest information' menu above. And to see the agenda for the next meeting, click here.
It takes a lot of dedication to reach the speakers goal of Advanced Communicator Gold, and John Down became only the 3rd member of Cheltenham speakers club to acheive that distinction. Interviewed by club President John Evans, John explained some of the things he had learned along the way. Famously John has developed his unique humorous style, mixing repetitive actions, audience shout back, and above all the use of the .....................................pause.
Why not consider one of the following goals to push yourself to become a better public speaker:
Give 4 speeches in a year
Achieve Level 2 (Pathways Educational Programme)
Challenge yourself to a Speech Competition
Help to organise a Special Event
Perform a role of a Toastmaster during a meeting
As a member, you can get support from a mentor who can assist you in reaching your goals.
Upcoming - International Speech and Evaluation Contest - Club Level
The contest will be 18th February 2020 during our regular meeting at Exmouth Arms. The winners will represent the club at the Area Contest in Malvern on 21st March 2020. In order to be eligible to compete, members need to complete Level 2 on Pathways or 6 speeches (from the Competent Communication Manual).
Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest
Congratulations to Geoff Boldero and Roberta Smart who won our club contest and went on to represent us at the Area Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest. Geoff gave a great humorous speech about his "famous" client. While Roberta wowed the audience with her well-crafted Table Topic speech. Roberta placed second.
Megan Paul has been interviewed recently by BBC Local Radio.