Cardiff Speakers Club was established in 1968 and we are affiliated to the Association of Speakers Clubs, an organisation with 100 clubs up and down the country that helps people develop and improve their communication skills.
We use a structured assignment programme whereby members can choose to do ten basic assignments based on proven techniques to help them become confident and articulate speakers.
Meetings are held on a Thursday evening every fortnight at 7.00pm for 7.15pm start to have a little time for a chat and introductions before the meeting.
The venue is upstairs in the Cyncoed Methodist Church Hall, Westminster Crescent, Cyncoed, Cardiff CF23 6SE (If you enter the Hall through the main door, turn left and the stairs are through another door in front of you).
Speakers clubs are becoming increasingly popular because they help those wishing to improve their public speaking, develop their presentation skills, conquer their nerves and lose their fear of facing an audience.
They have a special appeal for those who need public speaking for their job or social activities, but people from all walks of life come along just to find out what we do, and many soon find the warm and friendly atmosphere and entertaining activities becoming a part of their social life.
You’ll learn to speak well, and job adverts show that employers need people with good communication skills.
You’ll find people of all ages, some with little or no experience, but also a wealth of experienced speakers to help you achieve your goals, and a mentorship programme to help you with speech construction and preparation as well as general guidance and support.
What are Speakers Clubs? They exist with the aim of giving you a safe friendly and fun environment in which to increase your confidence in speaking to an audience. A structured 10 step process ensures everyone keeps improving. For example, level 1 speech is a 5-minute talk on a subject of your choice with no pressure and lots of support from the group.
The assignment programme is not compulsory and some just come along for the social atmosphere without any pressure to get up and do anything at all except learn and enjoy the experience. It’s really up to you to get involved to the extent that feels right for you.
You’ll learn tips, tricks, techniques, and you’ll have fun too. One member said: “joining Cardiff Speakers Club was the best decision they had ever made”
Our wide variety of activities include a Round Robin, Topics Knock-out competition, “Just a Minute” sessions based on the popular radio program, the balloon debate and tell true or false stories about the hat they’ve brought.
There are also speech contests, evaluation contests, and impromptu speaking contests where members have to speak spontaneously on a previously unprepared topic, as well as the opportunity to evaluate other speakers on their speeches and chair meetings.
And it works. We gradually get rid of our fears and bad speaking habits, and the sheer variety of activities ensures that there is always something new or interesting to do at every meeting.
After attending two meetings free, you will be asked if you want to join. Whatever your speaking background you’re sure to enjoy the experience.
There are nearby Speakers Clubs in Porthcawl, Newport, Swindon and Melksham too.