Press Release from Spinnaker Speakers

If you want to write an article for your local newspaper but you’re not sure where to start, have a look at the following article written about Spinnaker Speakers in Area 32… I would suggest including a photograph of your club with the article.

Speakers club success is ‘Icing on the cake’

Spinnaker Speakers Public Speaking Practice Club celebrated its 1st birthday with two scrumptious birthday cakes! It has been a busy and dynamic first year.

There have been 23 meetings, over 100 people have attended and 50 speeches have been given.

Whilst holidaying in the UK a Spanish Toastmaster visited one of our meetings. Laura Bueno Rubialas of Malaga Speakers came to see how a British club runs its meetings.

The club’s year started with a bang in October with almost standing room only at the first meeting as neighbouring Toastmaster club members and guests came out to launch the club.

Throughout the year we were regaled with scintillating and sparkling speeches on an array of arresting topics including: paragliding in Slovenia, the stresses of shopping with a spouse, the joys of sharing a car, the joys of fishing, Portsmouth FC, the most versatile room in the house.

June was a particularly busy month. UK and Ireland National Evaluation Champion 2013 and National Speech finalist John Webber ran a wonderful workshop on the Art of Authentic Speaking. John shared the secrets of his speaking success explaining that a speech should have three focuses: the speaker, the ideas and the audience.

Also in June, Keith Oliver (Club President) with John Webber, recorded a programme for Express FM chatting to Miles Henson about Toastmasters, speaking skills and the importance of communication in business.

Spinnaker Speakers received royal acclaim for its involvement in supporting the Prince’s Trust Programme at Highbury College. It offers presentation skills mentoring to young unemployed people participating in the programme.

As summer drew to a close we held a ‘Speech on the Beach’ summer social. The weather was kind. We enjoyed a tasty barbecue and delicious home-made elderflower champagne. A number of those attending gave impromptu speeches covering a veritable plethora of subjects from the humorous to the moralising with a degree of ‘what I did this summer’.

Club President Keith Oliver says: “Good communication is important in all our lives and particularly in the present economic climate. Over the past 12 months we have helped so many people improve their speaking skills and become better leaders. We now look forward to a successful second year.

The clocks change may signal dark winter evenings. But, our Monday evenings will light up as we develop our speech and communications skills in a friendly atmosphere”

Why not come along to a meeting, you would be most welcome. Our next meeting is Monday 11th November 7 pm for 7.30 pm start at Sellers Coffee House on the corner of Kent Road and Castle Road, Southsea, PO5 3EG. For more information see or contact Keith Oliver on 077 1335 8148 or e-mail:

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