Learn to speak confidently in a supportive group
Do you suffer the ‘sweaty palms’ or ‘knot-in-the-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?
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. At Hamwic we know your plight – because we’ve likely 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, and it is 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 know what service we can be of to benefit you. In return we hope you’ll feel so at home that you’ll want to attend, perhaps even join, and start to make measurable progress in areas of life that you might have felt held you back in. 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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Tenth Birthday Celebration
In March 2019 Hamwic Speakers will celebrate the tenth birthday of the founding of the club with a rolling programme of events:
- Thursday 7th March Celebration Dinner at the Ferry Restaurant, a quirky venue with excellent local produce food
- Saturday 9th March Murder Mystery Evening back to the Ferry Restaurant for an evening of mystery featuring our own cast in a tailor made plot
- Tuesday 12th March Showcase Reunion Tenth Birthday Celebration Club Meeting at Tauntons College with members past and present plus VIP guests
- Saturday 23rd March 'True Life Stories' Improvised Comedy Workshop at St Denys Community Centre - polish your improvisation skills with help from an experienced trainer
Full details and booking form for all these events: www.southamptonspeakers.org.uk/tenth-birthday-information
All events are open to members and non members.
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 eight 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 form of public speaking training in Southampton 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 15 000 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:
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
From the front door of Tauntons College, just follow the trail of Hamwic Speakers signs across the courtyard and down the corridor.
As part of the club’s tenth birthday celebrations a group of members took part in a specially staged Murder Mystery evening in the atmospheric setting of the Ferry Restaurant at Bursledon, a former chain ferry boat now re-used as as a quirky dining venue. As you can see from the photo, members stepped outside their […]
Whether the goal is to get healthier, become a better person, or something a little more outside the box (like joining Hamwic speakers 😊), this is the time of year when many of us scramble to come up with New Year’s resolutions that we’re likely to forget about in a few weeks. To help make […]
Its been an impressive week for women worldwide. If you think I am referring to the reunion of the Spice girls then think again! On August 25, 2018, Ramona J. Smith, CC, became the first woman in 10 years to win the title of Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking. Together with Zifang “Sherrie” Su, […]
"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."