Monthly Archives: October 2011

Seminars at Association of Speakers Clubs National Conference (April 2012)

Gwyneth Millard, our National Education Director writes…

For some years, people have been asking for a return to holding seminars and workshops at Conference. In April 2012 it is intended to do so, but we need to know what people want.

There will be one Development and one Education Seminar. For the Education one, there are two suggestions so far – The Use of Powerpoint or Speaking with Humour. Which would you prefer?

Would you like these to be on Friday afternoon from 4 pm till 5.30 pm or on Saturday afternoon between 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm. Have you any other suggestions? Please let us have your ideas by repsonding to the link below?

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 27th October 2011 (by Doug Weale)

With exemplary chairmanship by Trevor Kenning, the meeting on October 27th, attended by club members and several visitors, demonstrated the art of speaking as practised  following the standards of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we belong.  The format of the agenda was customary;  a traditional warm-up, all present being invited by the chairman, to speak briefly on a subject of his choice; topical and effectively ensuring his objective-to induce an atmosphere  of welcome and readiness to further participation and ensuring the enjoyment of all present : chairmanship is but one of many skills related to the art of speaking in public which is learned at the club.   

Speeches in succession by two members, followed by Ben Harris and John Poole, of widely differing subject matter, each written and delivered, to meet the  criteria of the respective assignment; vocabulary and word pictures, followed by the use of gestures.  Evaluation, the essence of our learning in the absence of professional tuition-given by Ron Sheldrake and Kathleen Smith  on this occasion ,adding to a consensus of opinion of other club members, on progression  through the Manual as successive assignments are undertaken.

Impromptu speaking completed the agenda.  The Topics offered to all in attendance were  carefully chosen to be challenging but well within the ability  and proving -as always-an entertaining  exercise in this vital factor of speaking.  Andrew Thomson conducted  this session and was complimented in the General overall evaluation by Ian Lockyer for his able endeavours, also drawing particular reference to Trevor Kenning, who was awarded by popular vote, the Topics Trophy,h aving given the best response; and who,together with his Chairmanship offered a fine example of all that is in evidence at our meetings,which he himself will testify gained from a long-standing membership.

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings at the Royal Temple Yacht Club on the second and fourth Thursdays monthly.

For further details contact Doug Weale 01843 592221; or the website

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 13th October 2011 (by Doug Weale)

The meeting on October 13th demonstrated all aspects of public speaking which is practised at the club. Chairman, Ron Sheldrake master-minded the agenda, beginning with our enthusiastic President, Kathleen Smith, in a brief Business Session outlining her plan for the annual Hopper Cup Team.

There followed, after a traditional warm-up, two set speeches delivered in compliance with The Speakers Guide Book, which conducts all members through the basic qualities of public speaking.  Firstly John Poole spoke on international cricket , affording an opportunity to demonstrate gestures in support of the spoken word,evaluated by Margaret Jones,who invited a further chance,at a future date, with helpful suggestions to improve upon his delivery.

Kathleen Smith then gave, in complete  contrast, a speech of profound, thought provoking content demonstrating variation of voice, achieving the award of a Pass Mark by Ben Harris. The chairman, then conducted the customary impromptu speaking session; both challenging and entertaining to all present: the Trophy for the best response to her Topic,was awarded by popular vote to Educational Director Frances Pointer.

In his summing-up of the evening, Doug Weale adjudged the meeting to have been enjoyable and  maintaining the standards set by the Association of Speakers Clubs, whose aims are the objective of all our meetings.

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings at the Royal Temple Yacht Club on the second and fourth Thursdays monthly.

For further details contact Doug Weale 01843 592221; or the website