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Evaluating world championship speakers

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I needed to practise for Hamwic Speakers Evaluation contest so I evaluated last year’s Toastmaster International 2020 World Championship Finalists (click here to see the contest) and in particular: Benjamin Wayo “Poster perfect” 31:00 Maureen Zappala “Its so good to see you” 47:35 Mike Carr “The librarian and Mrs Montgomery” 56:01 Kwong Yue Yang “Knock, […]

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Preparing for a virtual speech: 7 steps

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Without the correct virtual speech setup, conveying a powerful message is just not possible. The following 7 steps will ensure that you can deliver your virtual speech in the most powerful way possible, without any other subtle messages confusing your main message. To do so we need to learn a bit more about communication and […]

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Storytelling for public speaking

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“Storytelling is the ultimate tool for communication” Yuval Noah Harari author of Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind. To me, storytelling is the public speaking equivalent of a royal flush in poker -nothing beats it! There are many benefits to storytelling in a speech, especially a personal story, you don’t have to act out […]

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Speech Evaluation Tips

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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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CoronaVirus

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Because we care about the safety of each and every member of Hamwic Speakers and their families, during the current Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to change how we conduct club meetings. Details are contained in an announcement made by Andrew Simpson.  Click here: This is likely to be temporary but none the less very […]

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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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Girl power!

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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, […]