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Speech Evaluation Tips

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Experience the opportunity to speak in front of a supportive skilled audience

Evaluating a speech is a very daunting prospect. It’s an important part of toastmasters because it’s where you are of the greatest value to others. Evaluating is a brilliant way to improve your listening and speaking skills as the pressure of performing makes you focus. If you can observe others and learn from them then […]

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Jack’s top 7 books on communication for 2020

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A year’s reading journey through books on communication Jack Irwin, VP PR of Hamwic Speakers   Crucial conversations by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny. Jack’s rating: 4.5/5 I read this book because I wanted to improve my communication under pressure. Crucial conversations defines a crucial conversation as being when 1) opinions differ 2) the stakes […]

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Off the Street Project

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Hamwic Speakers’ Off the Street project was conceived as part of our tenth birthday celebrations to show how the skills needed for public speaking can be taught even to highly anxious people – and how their confidence can grow as a result:

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International member

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Today we bid a fond farewell to our member from China who has been with us for the past year. Qiwei ‘Eagle’ Li had previously belonged to a club in his university town in southwest China. He joined Hamwic Speakers shortly after arriving in Southampton for a one year postgraduate course and quickly became a […]

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A Flying Start for Air Ambulance Presenters

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Several members of Hamwic Speakers are enthusiastic supporters of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, so when the locally based charity approached us to help develop the skills of their volunteer presenters, we jumped at the chance. It’s an interesting assignment which lends itself well to applying Toastmasters evaluation techniques. The Air Ambulance […]

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Get out more with Hamwic Speakers

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Every year for the past 5 years Hamwic Speakers has held an outdoor meeting around Southampton. With our normal venue Taunton’s College being closed for the school summer holiday, it’s an ideal excuse to get out of our comfort zone and take to the streets – literally. The City of Southampton is not short of […]

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District Conference Showcases Hamwic Speakers

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The 2017 Toastmasters UK South ‘District 91’ Conference was held in Southampton on 5-7 May, a once in a decade opportunity for the Southampton club to be right at the heart of national Toastmasters activity. The two day conference was opened by the Mayor of Southampton Cathy Mcewing and Toastmasters International Global President Mike Storkey […]

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Hamwic’s Improv Bout With Sprout

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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 […]