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BBC Wiltshire Radio Inteviews  

Yvonne Davis and Bob Gaught

chat to  Sue Davies on BBC Wiltshire (14/08/2014)

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Sallah Njie chats to Sue Davies on BBC Wiltshire (26/03/2016)

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Welcome to Thamesdown Speakers Club 

Hello - ever wonderd what happens at a Toastmaster Meeting?

The evening is hosted by the Toastmaster who acts as the compere and MC ; making sure the meeting is run smoothly and all the speakers, evaluators and guests know what is happening at any time.

We begin with Table Topics -these are off-the-cuff presentations lasting about two minutes on a subject chosen by the Topics Master.  It could be anything from "Who would you like to invite to dinner and what would you serve them? " to "Can a Leopard change his spots?" or "Do you still believe in Father Christmas?" to something more serious....

We then ask the Topics Evaluator to give his/her evaluation of the speech pointing out what they thought was good and perhaps offering some suggestions on body language, vocal variety, structure,  or making best use of  the stage space. Even something as simple as what do you do with spare hands that just won't sit still in a speech?

After a break of 10-15 minutes for some socialising and chatting,we go into the 2nd half;  the prepared speeches. This can be anywhere between two and four prepared  speeches, from the Toasmtaster Manuals which vary from basic communication skills to speciality speeches, storytelling or business presentations. 

These  are then evaluated by a fellow club member. Each time you give a prepared speech, we  aim to give positive feedback pointing out strengths as well as suggesting improvements.

We hope that everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued - from complete beginners to advanced speakers; from evaluators to enthusiastic members of our audience.  There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters programme allows you to progress at your own pace.

How it benefits you 

Better Communication and Leadership skills learnt in a supportive environment? what's not to like?

Toastmasters opens up a world of new possibilities: you will give better work presentations; you will better lead meetings and participate in them more confidently; you will speak more smoothly off the cuff; you will be able to handle one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues.

Every meeting is different and we hope that you come away feeling that you have been informed, educated and most of all entertained.


Why not come and see for yourself?


Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting was once at the level you are now. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced programme allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment.

  • A typical club has between 20 to 40 members who meet either weekly, biweekly or monthly. An evening meeting normally lasts around 90- 120 minutes.
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations, pointing out the strengths and suggesting improvements. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Members also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop their leadership skills.
  • Members learn communication skills by working through manuals such as the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. There are then 15 Advanced Communications manuals to choose from, covering areas from humorous speaking to Speeches by Management.

One thing that you'll love at Toastmasters meetings is the applause. At first you'll be applauded for your effort; later you'll be applauded for your skill.

5th Wednesday

Schedule of meetings

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 7pm for 7.30pm  Table Topics for the Terrified - informal meeting

2nd and 4th Wednesday - main meeting

which occasionally leaves us a 5th Wednesday...

so we use these for social events such as barbeques, skittles etc. These evenings are open to members and their families.


Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!

Terrified of Table Topics?

 A Table Topic is a short impromtu speech -.. so be prepared with minimum warning to talk for about 2 minutes, without any preparation , on a subject chosen by the Topics Master.

Does this fill you with TERROR?


We may have the answer..... on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month we have a special Talking Terrific Table Topics meeting.

To banish the Terror and to Turn your Table Topics Terrific

Meet at the Blunsdon House Hotel around 7pm  and join an very informal group who are there to practice these challenging speeches.


The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.


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