Public Speaking Club in Southampton

At the heart of Southampton

Hamwic Speakers is a nonprofit Southampton-based public speaking club, and it is run by a volunteer committee. Today many people are more comfortable communicating by email or telephone, rather than face-to-face. Speaking to large or small groups, or even one to one, can be a nerve racking or stressful experience. At Hamwic Speakers, you can learn how to overcome these challenges and transform your public speaking into an enjoyable and successful experience.

Hamwic Speakers is affiliated to Toastmasters International and is part of District 91 (UK South).

Helping To Develop Your Speaking Skills

Whatever stage you are at in developing your public speaking and presentation skills, Hamwic Speakers is a friendly and supportive group of beginner and experienced speakers that meets twice a month to develop our public speaking skills.

And Your Leadership Skills Too

As a member of the Southampton branch of Toastmasters, you can learn how to successfully formulate, express and sell your ideas and yourself and reduce the nervousness you feel when you speak. You can improve your ability to listen and evaluate other people’s ideas, and develop vital leadership skills along the way.

Part Of A Larger Network Around The World

Established four years ago, we are affiliated to Toastmasters International – a worldwide, nonprofit organisation of budding public speakers just like you. This gives us access to Toastmasters’ resources, enabling us to offer powerful public speaking training to Southampton and South Hampshire based on proven Toastmasters techniques. We truly believe that there is no better way to learn public speaking in Southampton and we would love for you to come and join us.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International has more than 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs across 106 countries. Founded in 1924, Toastmasters has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.

Members of Hamwic Speakers benefit from learning material available from Toastmasters, and can visit other Toastmasters Clubs or participate in regional competitions.

Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

Hamwic Speakers working with other local sister clubs hosted the South of England conference and speaking contests. Find out more in this fascinating behind the scenes film of the contestants' preparations:

Resources For New & Current Members

What Happens At Hamwic Meetings


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Meetings are held on 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays of every month at Richard Taunton’s College, Southampton, SO15 5RL Room 105 at 7:15pm

Recent News

Hamwic Speakers 7th Birthday – 8th March 2016

You are warmly invited to join us to celebrate Hamwic Speakers 7th birthday and celebrations on Tuesday, 8th March 2016 as our guest free of any admission charge. Come and join an enlivening evening of Tall Tales, Evaluations and Table Topics – all based on the theme of “Seven (7)” and feast on delicious, home-baked […]

Hamwic’s Improv Bout Woth Sprout

HAMWIC’S IMPROV BOUT WITH SPROUT Learning with Laughter 16 Toastmasters benefited from the excellent six hour improvisation workshop delivered by Sprout Ideas on the wet drizzly Sunday that was 24th January 2016. The smell of coffee and Danish pastries greeted attendees as they arrived at 10 am. As they settled into orange plastic seats, Dave […]

Upcoming Workshops/Events

Sunday 24th January A London company called Sprout Ideas are coming to run an Improvisation workshop at Badger Farm Community Centre,  Badger Farm Road, Winchester SO22 4QB.  Anyone interested can find out more about the company at:  Tickets will be £20 which  covers the cost of the presenters for a 6 hour workshop (10-4 pm), the […]

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"There are three things I particularly like about TM:

1) The rate of improvement I see in people. It's amazing to see how fast they progress, and enjoyable to watch. It's also nice to feel I'm making progress myself.

2) The friendliness. Hamwic is a very warm, welcoming club, where I've always been made to feel at home.

3) The positive atmosphere. In feedback from other members, and particularly evaluations, people always find good things to say about my speeches, no matter how little I give them to work with."

"TOASTMASTERS IS THE BEST THING EVER! It has changed me and my life and I tell anyone who will listen how great it is 😀 This has mostly been because of all of you and I can’t express enough how much I love you all and I’m so proud of the great things and magic that happens at Hamwic Speakers during each and every meeting! Facing and overcoming fear, developing confidence, and improving oneself is such an honourable thing to do as part of a supportive group. I am leaving Hamwic Speakers which is very very sad for me. I wanted to say cheerio in person during a meeting, but it’s not going to be possible. So I’m sending you this message and the hugest of THANK YOU’s to you all. This message just doesn’t cut it to express how grateful I am, but it will have to do for now."


"I joined Hamwic Speakers because I wanted to improve my public speaking skills and succeed at job interviews. Attending Hamwic Speakers has improved my public speaking and communication skills in general and has helped me get a new job. I was able to appear more confident and cope with presentations at interviews, which in the past has held me back."
"Hamwic Speakers has helped me to communicate more effectively. It's an excellent place to achieve your public speaking goals."
"Over the last two years my public speaking ability and confidence have improved dramatically due to the skills acquired as a result of my membership at Hamwic. I am now proud to say, that when my father passed away in February 2011, I was able to speak eloquently about him in front of over 500 people. Thank you Hamwic Speakers for making that tribute to my father possible. Two years ago I would not have had the courage to do that."
“Four months ago, I joined Toastmasters, after almost a year of scraping together enough courage to do so. And now, the change in my life is nothing short of miraculous. Life has become so much more - more to experience, more to live for, more fun. My personal and career goals have shifted, too.”
"Ever since I can remember, I have avoided public speaking like the plague. In secondary school I would call in sick if I was asked to present, in Law School I hid in the back of the class and pretended I was not there and during my career as a lawyer, I always had an excuse handy if I was asked to present to a group. Needless to say, my career aspirations were limited by my lack of confidence. In 2009, when my promotional objectives at work included presenting to the Board, I realised that I needed to do something about it, so I joined Hamwic Speakers."
"Hamwic Speakers has helped me to gain lots of passion. It's helped my speech and built my confidence. I would recommend Hamwic Speakers because it is fun and always has lots of humour."
"I'd heard a few people enthusing about how much they had gained from belonging to Toastmasters elsewhere, so when I heard that there was a new club in Southampton I went along to have a look. I was immediately struck by the friendly and supportive atmosphere, with everybody sharing the same goals: to improve their speaking and listening skills. What I hadn't expected to find was how enjoyable it was, and the mix of prepared and off the cuff speaking opportunities really gets the energy level up! I'd recommend anyone who wants to improve their confidence to come along and have a look"

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