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Immediate Past Club President 

Yvonne Davis and Vice President of Education Bob Gaught

interviewed by Sue Davies on BBC Wiltshire (14/08/2014)

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Sallah Njie interviewed by Sue Davies on BBC Wiltshire (26/03/2016)

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Welcome to Thamesdown Speakers Club 

Our meetings are participative. We begin with Table Topics - six or seven brief impromptu presentations lasting about two minutes. These are then evaluated.  Receiving and giving such feedback is a great learning experience.

After a break of 10-15 minutes, prepared speeches are delivered.  Usually this section consists of three or four speeches depending on planned speech length.  These speeches are evaluated by a fellow club member.  Each time you give a prepared speech, the evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggesting improvements.  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 

Whether you're an executive, a college student, a stay-at-home parent, or a retiree, you will improve yourself.  At Thamesdown Speakers Club, you will hone your speaking skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.  You will develop leadership abilities - through evaluating others, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers and filling roles in club meetings.  The speaking and leadership skills are transferable and vital assets whether you are running a business, mentoring colleagues, organizing projects, coaching teams or heading up families.  Participants will open 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 more positively.  Come and see for yourself.

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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.


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!

President's Distinguished Club


Yvonne Davis presents Immediate Past President, Cyril Mannion with the President's Distinguished Award for 2013-14.


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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