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In this issue, we have:

  • President's message
  • Upcoming events
  • Hall of Fame
  • Members testimony
  • Club news
  • Giving back

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June 2015

Spinnaker's PR and Marketing Guro Wendy Benson has put together a superb first edition of our quarterly newsletter.

  Spinnaker Speakers - Chartered for Success!

On 2nd January 2014 Spinnaker Speakers was recognised for the club’s progress in training in communication and leadership skills when Toastmasters International confirmed it had awarded the club’s Charter. The award of Charter is a sure sign of the club’s continued growth and success.



There are a myriad of advantages to being Chartered, including:

  • Club members will now be able to access the whole wonderful Toastmasters International Organisation; 
  • The club will now be listed and recognised by Toastmasters on their website for anyone looking for a club
  • Club members will be able to participate in Area contests
  • Members will receive the terribly tasty Toastmasters magazine every month. 

Congratulations to Keith Oliver for his hard work and perseverance over the last 21 months, and a big thank you to everyone that has supported him and founding members, over those sometimes challenging, but always enjoyable, months.  

Why you should join us
  • Important speech to give?
  • Want to boost your confidence? 
  • Want to improve your chances to get a job or promotion? 
  • If you answered yes to one or all of these the answer may be close at hand.


Spinnaker Speakers meets at St Luke’s, Greetham Street, Southsea, England PO5 4LH  on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month.

You are invited to attend at 7:15 pm and the meetings start at 7:30pm.

The meetings are open to all, and there is no charge
although memberships are available on the night.

A normal meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere.

There is no instructor in a Spinnaker Speakers meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the programme’s success.

Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop leadership skills.

Come along and find out more, for free.

Spinnaker Speakers is a member of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our global membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,000 clubs that make up our world-wide network of meeting locations.

For more information see
contact Keith Oliver on 077 1335 8148
or e-mail:

Spinnaker Speakers on Express FM

Hear Keith Oliver and John Webber talk about Toastmasters on Express FM

EasySpeak user guide

Our VP Education Amonn Al-Mahrouq has put these together to give us a quick guide around this site.

This site is a great tool to track your progress and sign up for meetings. If you are a guest, please create a login and sign up for meetings.

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Member's Testimony

One of our regular club members, Aidan Weston, has written an article to share with us the benefits of being a toastmaster. Aidan had joined Spinnaker Speakers since he started University in Portsmouth last year.
‘It has been one big learning experience and I have seen
great progress in my communication and leadership skills.’

Our new member, Winston Clements, also highly recommends Toastmasters and has put a video of his Ice Breaker speech on YouTube. ‘One of my goals this year was to develop my public speaking
skills. To support this goal I have been attending Spinnaker Speakers Toastmasters club in Portsmouth.’

One of our regular members Ann Carver has kindly filmed this video to tell you her personal experience with our club and how it helped her.

Please like our Facebook page and see more review from members.

 She has also been invited for a chat at a radio show on BBC Radio 5 on 25/11/2016 11pm

Spinnaker in media

Humorous Speech Contest Success 26/09/2016

Under strict rules and tight timings, our Club president Simon Roberts won the 1st place with 'The Devils fiddle' and Ann Carver winning the Table Topic contest. It was such a fun night. Also well done to one of our new members, Jamie Butler, for participating in the Speech contest - He hasn't even done his Ice-Breaker speech yet! Cheif Judge: Amonn Al-mahrouq Competition Chairperson : Wendy Benson Competition Timekeeper: Marie Newman

More photos can be found here.


Club has International Appeal

The first Toastmasters International club met in Santa Anna, California, 91 years ago. Membership around the world is now 313,000 strong; there are 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. Our recent visits by Toastmasters from India and Poland made it into the local news.   You can download a larger copy of the article by clicking here


Greetings from India

Keith Oliver (Club President) presenting Ravi Marrapu with a Spinnaker Tower fridge magnet to remind him of his visit to Spinnaker Speakers. Ravi is a member of ADP Hyderabad Toastmaster's club. At the end of Ravi's visit to Spinnaker, he gave an insightful and inspiring general evaluation of our meeting.


Toastmasters respond to French Tragedy

Spinnaker Speakers President, Keith Oliver, recently wrote a short article in response to the tragic killings in France.   it was picked up by the News and you can read the article in full by clicking on the picture.









Contest Impresses International Visitor - 15/10/14

Spinnaker Speakers Club are proud to be part of Toastmasters International, the worldwide leader in communication and leadership deveopment.  Every two minutea a toasmasters club is meeting somewhere on the planet.  

Discover what a Nigerian Toastmaster, visiting Portsmouth, thought of Spinnaker Speakers recent Humorous Speech and Impromptu Speaking contest evening.  

Click on the image or download the full sized article here.




The News Can't Get Enough of Spinnaker Speakers!

Just when you thought it was safe to open the paper without reading about Spinnaker Speakers or seeing a picture of member Wendy Benson...

Read the latest article which was published in The News on 16th July 2014 

Click here to see the full article!


Spinnaker Speakers are in the News again!

Read the latest articl;e about Spinnaker Speakers Club, Published in the News on 16th May 2014.  Click on the picture to read the article.


Has Spinnaker Speakers changed your life yet?

Spinnaker's PR guru Wendy Benson recently appeared on the community page of The News talking about how Spinnaker Speakers had changed her life.  

If you didn't see the article you can download a copy using this link 






Join Us!
When do we meet?
2nd & 4th Monday of the month at 19:15

Where do we meet?
St Lukes
St Luke's,
Greetham Street,

Be a guest at our next meeting!
11 Sep 17 at 19:15

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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.


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!

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Spinnaker Speakers
Club Number 2685904

Area 1
Division A
District 91
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