Do come along to social events such as at the Princess (every week after the meetings) to build on the relationships we have in the club.
We are all learning and improving and we all need to practise. Because of this, we all need an audience. Remember to attend even when you don’t have a role and give back to the people who are there to be an audience for your presentations. When anyone is performing, try to give them your full attention.
Generally, we expect it to take between 1 and 2 years to achieve Competent Communicator. If, however, you would like to speed up the process, there’s always a way. Here are our best suggestions.
Always say Yes!
Some of our most experienced speakers have got that way quickly by determining to always say yes to any opportunity they are offered at the club. There is always support from other members who have done the role or speech before and always saying yes leads to you being seen as reliable and getting even more opportunities.
Occasionally people have to drop out of speeches and roles at short notice. When this happens, we need someone to drop in at short notice. Our VPE runs a standby list for just this reason. If you would like to join this list, prepare your next speech and contact your VPE. You will then be contacted when opportunities become available.
Woking Speakers runs 5 competitions each year. By volunteering for each, you will gain extra speaking opportunities and learn and practise leadership skills too.
Speak at other clubs
As a member of Woking Speakers, we can offer to find you speaking opportunities at other clubs in our area. Contact your VPE for more information.
Practise watching every speech as if you are about to be asked to evaluate it. Make notes of the strengths each speaker demonstrates in their speech. Highlight what you would recommend they work on for next time. Think about what you would suggest they do to improve. Always be specific.