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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, […]

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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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5 Must-Read Books on Persuasion

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What do you want your audience to do when you finish speaking? Persuasive speakers move people to action, in part by understanding their audience. The study of persuasion dates back thousands of years, to the ancient Greeks, who treasured the art of public speaking. One of the most frequently cited works from this period is […]

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Top 5 tips to Survive Christmas Parties!

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The Christmas holidays are upon us and for many, this is not always an enjoyable experience. Whether you’re sipping a drink at a friend’s home, sharing a turkey dinner with family, or attending the office party, use these tips for a more successful experience. 1 Visualize a positive outcome.Before leaving for the event, take a time-out. […]