We are a Public Speaking Club in Southampton.


Learn to speak confidently in a supportive group

Do you suffer the ‘sweaty palms’ or ‘knot-in-the-stomach’ or ‘Dry throat’ response to public speaking? Does it fill you with dread and worry to have to ‘present’ or ‘deliver’ a speech or report for work. Perhaps you are already a confident speaker, but you lose the message or fail to stay on track. Alternatively, maybe you have a eulogy or Best Mans speech that you desperately want to succeed in delivering to honour those closest to you. You want leave a positive lasting impact on their lives, but are struggling with the speech structure and capturing the right emotion in the audience. Would you like some help and guidance, or somewhere to practice with constructive feedback?

Hamwic Speakers provides public speaking training in Southampton. Public Speaking is a craft, but like any craft it can be mastered – it takes time and dedication, but anyone can achieve it. Success is most likely when the right environment meets the right system, and we can offer the right environment and a proven system. At Hamwic we know how you feel – because we’re all volunteers who have been through it ourselves. Our club aims are very simple: we are here to help you become the best public speaker you want to be in an environment that supports that growth. We want to build your confidence and self-esteem, but also help you discover your own inner journey to what goals matter to you in communication and leadership.

Hamwic Speakers is a nonprofit public speaking club in Southampton run by a volunteer committee. Today many people are more comfortable communicating by email or phone, 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, we create a friendly supportive environment where 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). Toastmasters gives us access to a massive range of learning resources to help develop public speaking and leadership skills.

We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment and are keen to help you. In return we hope you’ll feel so at home that you’ll want to start to make measurable progress in areas of life that you might have felt held you back. Even the introvert has a place in our community, we want you to feel at ease, but equally we want to nudge towards the edge of that comfort zone because that’s generally where most of the growth is had. We don’t rush or force, its all at your own pace, but you will surprise yourself how much courage you actually have.

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Please note that you must be aged at least 18 years old to become a member.


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. We have a very diverse range of members of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Apart from developing your speaking and leadership skills, it’s a great way of meeting a wide range of new friends. Come along free of charge as a visitor to find out for yourself.

Develop 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’ll also improve your ability to listen and evaluate other people’s ideas. As well as developing speaking skills, there’s a whole set of structured leadership development opportunities too. Although most members join just to improve their speaking skills, they soon find out that they learn a whole lot more than that.

Part Of A Larger Network Around The World

Established over ten 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’ online learning 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 form of public speaking training around and we would love for you to come and join us. Use the form below to book a free guest visit.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International has more than 350 000 members in more than 16 000 clubs across 142 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 anywhere in the UK or worldwide or participate in regional competitions.

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

Hamwic Speakers works with other local sister clubs in the South of England conference and speaking contests. Here are a few of our leading speakers from clubs around the Hampshire area presenting a promotional video - and yes, they were all nervous speakers once:

Resources For New & Current Members

What Happens At Hamwic Meetings


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Meetings are held at 7:15PM at the Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane, Southampton SO15 5DB

Hamwic Club Meetings are held in the Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane, Southampton.  SO15 5DB Clubhouse accessed off the main car park.

Currently Face to Face only meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month. These can only be attended in person.

Hybrid meetings are also held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. These can be attended online via zoom or in person.

If you would like to attend a club meeting as a guest to find out more. You  are welcome to attend any of our meetings whichever format you choose.                                       Just contact us to let us know you are coming and we would love to welcome you.



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Hamwic Speakers meetings are live in person at the Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane Southampton

"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"

Try a free visit to Hamwic Speakers Southampton

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There is no need to join us right away, guests are allowed a couple of visits to experience our meetings and meet the members. So come and see what Hamwic Speakers have to offer before applying for membership.
Please note:- you need to be over 18 years old to join the club, however younger people are welcome to make one introductory visit accompanied by an adult.

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