Alternate Monday Evenings, Skipton (programme)

We are a fun, supportive group. It's a bit like an evening class
but much, much more fun.
Accepting applications for Autumn membership now.
Association of Speakers Clubs
      Last updated 6 Sept 2016
Contact:- 01535 665278/652915,  07941 785340,  01729 822138


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What happens at a typical meeting?

to publicise Craven Speakers Club

2016: Prescription Speaking - The Timely Relaunch

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Pictures of 40th Anniversary Dinner 17 June 2006

Other nearby clubs:
White Rose Ladies Farsley, Leeds,




Fun BBC Recording:- Even leaders of our political parties have training and guidance in giving speeches.. See the leaked memo (Oct 2010) advising Ed Miliband how to ask questions in Prime Minister's Question Time.


Letter to the Craven Herald, 8 September 2016

Dear Editor

May I through your letters page welcome people to Craven Speakers Club -- Skipton’s best kept secret. It restarts on Monday 12 September at 7.45pm at 28 Otley Street, Skipton. We meet fortnightly and we especially welcome new members at this time of year.

It is a brilliant, fun, stimulating club where people come to learn about improving their speaking skills. People don’t have to talk at all - but for those who do, the practice is invaluable.

One activity at a typical meeting is: two people give short talks (7min) on subjects they have chosen. Two more experienced members then evaluate these speeches, showing the audience good features of the speech and then recommending a couple points to lead to improvement. Other activities are light hearted and can engender much laughter.

Whether you are a young manager who has to hold meetings for your staff, or a student needing to give a talk at school or college, we can help you. Maybe you need to give a wedding speech - or maybe you just fancy an interesting evening out.

One member said “I used to be terrified about speaking. Once in the question time after a talk at a large work conference, I wanted to ask a question - but I was too frightened to ask it. I knew I had to do something about this. I was delighted to see an advert about a Speakers Club, and joined, and I have never looked back. It has given me so much confidence at work and in life in general.”

Members Judith Allinson, Eileen Ward and Chris Birch are so enthusiastic to tell people in Skipton about the Club that they made a sandwich board and banner and walked round Skipton on Wed 17th August.

If you are interested, or can recommend it to someone else, visit or phone 01535 652915 - or just turn up as a visitor on 12th September.



When giving a speech do you

and grumble?

After attending Speakers Club you'll be:

Shoulders back
Look them in the eye
and then,
and then
............. suspense!

You'll have them eating out of your hand!


You just need practise and encouragement..

and that is what Speakers Club will give you.

(Courses costing £800 and reading the best of books
cannot give you the practice, advice, support, friendship and a good evening
out that you can receive at Speakers Club.)



In front of an audience, do you

and tumble?

Get organised!
With the help of Speakers Club,
and the supportive practise there, you'll:-

Tell the audience three ways they will benefit from hearing your speech

Tell them the three things that will benefit them

Recap, and give them a definite call to action:
e.g. "Come to Speakers Club next Monday!"


So... See you there!


Top tips for giving impromptu short speeches:

  1. Think of you final end "punchline" first. Then your talk can work towards that. (Chris Birch's Tip)
  2. Tell people "What's in it for them"
  3. If you want people to do something, give them a "because" before you give the request
  4. e.g. "Because what I'm going to say is very important for your exams, I want you to listen carefully".

  5. Look at people/the audience in the eye. Look at someone near the back (because then more people will think you are looking at them - it is to do with angles). Find someone to look towards who is looking at you with interest and sympathy - because that will give you more confidence.
  6. Smile
  7. Don't "Errr" and Don't rush things - better to shut your mouth and give a pause.
  8. Finish your talk with a "punch" (- A strong comment - And stand there, wait for the applause. Don't tail off and sidle away from the table in the middle of your last sentence.)

It really does get easier each time - so come and practise. That's a great value of speakers clubs - chance to practise.


Because it will improve your ability at giving talks, go and plan a two minute talk on a subject of your choice- e.g. "Trees" .. RIGHT NOW!

Have fun! ... and we hope we'll see you at Skipton.

Useful Links: LJL Seminars- Impromptu Speaking

No matter how large your audience may be, each listener wants to feel that you are talking to him or her.-body language -

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Does an audience make

Your words jumble
Your stomach rumble
Your world crumble?

You know what to do.........

.See you there



You might consider coming in from: Skipton, Gargrave, Settle, Cononly, Keighley, Addingham,
Hellifield, Barnoldswick, Harrogate, Denholme, Silsden, Malham, Embsay,
Steeton, Kildwick, Bradley, Bradford, North and West Yorkshire,

The Association of Speakers Clubs is similar to the Toastmasters International organisation.
Toastmasters formed in America in 1904. In 1972 Most of the British Toastmasters Clubs
left Toastmasters and formed the Association of Speakers Clubs.

Other clubs include: Wetherby Speakers Club , White Rose Ladies Farsley, Leeds,
Bradford Speakers Club (and their other website)

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