What we're about

In the beginning...

Your heart is about to jump out of your chest, your throat is in a knot and you can feel the pulse in your temples. Your mouth is dry and you worry about blanking or blacking out!
...that's how anxious some people get when about to speak in front of an audience.
What can you do about it?
At Bolton Speaking Club, we believe that within a mutually supportive environment, everyone can improve their speaking skills. For just the pleasure of being able to express yourself with ease and grace or preparing for a big event, professionally or personally, come to join a wonderfully supportive and diverse group in a club with prestige and history.

Seize that opportunity!

Life presents us with so many occasions where we can connect and share a part of ourselves with the world. So many occasions where our ideas might stand out! So many opportunities when we are needed to present something - a research we've done at work, promoting ourselves in a networking event, a new idea presented to the boss, asking for a raise, be there for our best mate at their wedding, publicly saying thank you to someone for something special they've done, speaking to our kid's teacher about that thing we feel passionate about but never dared to say anything for fear we won't be able to string two words together! We all have something to say; our stories when told, make an impact on others.

How good would it be that you'd be able to go through it all with a smile and a perfectly constructed speech?! Imagine that reassuring feeling that you've got this!

Take the first step! Come to Bolton Speaking Club and get a feeling of how that would be like!

Enhance your existing skills!

Are you already an experienced presenter and you've "been there done that"? Come to hone your skills to a new level and inspire others in turn! You will keep your presentation skills sharp by getting feedback from some seriously experienced speakers. We are fortunate to have in our club some fabulously talented people, including one of the winners of the National Public Speaking Competition.

Important details and logistics

We have a good balance between structured and informal.

There's free parking and we are easily accessible by public transport.

We meet at:

The Friends Meeting House, 50 Silverwell St, BL1 1PP, Bolton

We meet fortnightly on Monday at 7.30, please see our calendar for accurate dates.

You can attend as a guest three times, for £5 each session and if you decide to join our club, that will be deducted from the annual membership fee which is £60 for 20 meetings (wow that's £3 a meeting to improve your life in ways you can't even imagine yet!).

The Speakers Guide is £12 and is available to members only.

The first meeting of the new season will be on the 3rd of September. Bring a friend! Or two :)

We have tea and biscuits and we're a friendly bunch!

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This is the original page message, from our former club president, Angie Devi who is the founder of this meetup page.

"Learn to speak with confidence and ENJOY every moment doing it! This group meets every 2 weeks on a Monday night and there are friendly competitions between new starters to encourage you to speak in front of a group. I started last September and am now the President of the club and can't believe how much this helped me in my personal life. I thought I was a decent presenter, to be honest, but this has taken me to another level. That's what I love about it, it's suitable for EVERYONE. A lot of the established members are older, but it's nice to have their old Skool formal influence ;-) You never have to participate if you don't want to, but doing so will most definitely change your view of public speaking in future! Don't get caught out again. Learn to speak with confidence and flair -become a better you. We look forward to meeting you :-)"

Upcoming events (5+)

Bolton speaking club meeting 2018/19

Friends Meeting House

Bolton speaking club is straight back into helping students, promotion chasers, skill enhancers and most importantly friends, improve on one of the most important skills in today's busy and competitive society. Join us for our next meeting (4th February, 7:30pm) where various speeches will be given that will showcase skills that new and old members of this club have learnt whilst being at the club! As always there is an interval at the half-way mark for light refreshments (Tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) and a chat with fellow members (we don't bite!). Annual membership is £60 (a bargain considering how invaluable this skill is in today's world), as a guest £5 (you can only be a guest up to 3 times).

Bolton speaking club meeting 2018/19

Friends Meeting House

Bolton speaking club is straight back into helping students, promotion chasers, skill enhancers and most importantly friends, improve on one of the most important skills in today's busy and competitive society. Join us for our next meeting (4th February, 7:30pm) where various speeches will be given that will showcase skills that new and old members of this club have learnt whilst being at the club! As always there is an interval at the half-way mark for light refreshments (Tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) and a chat with fellow members (we don't bite!). Annual membership is £60 (a bargain considering how invaluable this skill is in today's world), as a guest £5 (you can only be a guest up to 3 times).

Bolton speaking club meeting 2018/19

Friends Meeting House

Bolton speaking club is straight back into helping students, promotion chasers, skill enhancers and most importantly friends, improve on one of the most important skills in today's busy and competitive society. Join us for our next meeting (4th February, 7:30pm) where various speeches will be given that will showcase skills that new and old members of this club have learnt whilst being at the club! As always there is an interval at the half-way mark for light refreshments (Tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) and a chat with fellow members (we don't bite!). Annual membership is £60 (a bargain considering how invaluable this skill is in today's world), as a guest £5 (you can only be a guest up to 3 times).

Bolton speaking club meeting 2018/19

Friends Meeting House

Bolton speaking club is straight back into helping students, promotion chasers, skill enhancers and most importantly friends, improve on one of the most important skills in today's busy and competitive society. Join us for our next meeting (4th February, 7:30pm) where various speeches will be given that will showcase skills that new and old members of this club have learnt whilst being at the club! As always there is an interval at the half-way mark for light refreshments (Tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) and a chat with fellow members (we don't bite!). Annual membership is £60 (a bargain considering how invaluable this skill is in today's world), as a guest £5 (you can only be a guest up to 3 times).

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Bolton speaking club meeting 2018/19

Friends Meeting House

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