What we're about

Welcome to Bristol Central Speakers!

We are a fun, friendly public speaking club, and a branch of Toastmasters International - a non-profit, worldwide network of 12,500 communication and leadership development clubs with over 260,000 members in 116 countries. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

We meet at 7:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, at a location conveniently close to Bristol Temple Meads station. Meetings finish by 9:30pm, at which point there is an opportunity to socialise further at the local pub. Guests are always welcome, and chances are you won't be the only new face!

Meetings are relaxed and enjoyable, and feature prepared speeches, speech evaluations and "table topics" - a chance to practice impromptu speaking. To visit the Toastmasters International website: http://www.toastmasters.org/

Why join a public speaking club?
- To overcome a fear of public speaking or build confidence when presenting
- To prepare for a specific event (e.g. wedding speech or an important presentation)
- To develop effective communication & leadership skills
- To meet new and interesting people – we’re a pretty sociable bunch! How do I find out more?
The best way to find out if Bristol Central Speakers is right for you is to come along to one of our meetings. You won’t be expected to speak so don’t worry, but if you do want to there will be ample opportunity for you to do so. Contact one of the organisers of this group if you have any questions or would like to know more.

Typical Meeting Agenda

19:15 - Welcome and networking

19:30 - Introductions and warmup

19:45 - Prepared speeches, followed by evaluations (feedback) for speakers

20:20 - Comfort break (tea and coffee provided)

20:30 - Short impromptu speeches open to everyone

21:00 - Feedback for impromptu speakers and evaluators

21:15 - Awards and close

21:30 - Proceed to the bar!

Upcoming events (5+)

Bristol Centre Toastmasters public speaking meeting - everybody welcome

A regular meeting with prepared speeches, improvisation exercises, and discussion on effective communication. Also lots of clapping and awards! Coming for the first time? - You're very welcome to come alone or bring a friend - You do not need to speak, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the impromptu speaking after the break. - And remember to stay and join us at the bar after we finish! Typical agenda: 19:15 - Welcome and networking 19:30 - Introductions and warmup 19:45 - Prepared speeches, followed by evaluations (feedback) for speakers 20:20 - Comfort break (tea and coffee provided) 20:30 - Short impromptu speeches open to everyone 21:00 - Feedback for impromptu speakers and evaluators 21:15 - Awards and close 21:30 - Proceed to the bar We welcome guests to come along and get a taste of what we do at our meetings, however we also incur running expenses for our meetings, so we make the first visit free, and invite returning guests for a donation of £5 per meeting to help us cover our room hire costs. Alternatively, you can join the club as a full member for just £10/month and get full access to our training material and the ability to take part in our meetings. This represents much better value for money, and an investment in yourself that will prove invaluable in starting your journey to being a much more effective presenter and communicator.

Bristol Centre Toastmasters regular meeting - everybody welcome

A regular meeting with prepared speeches, improvisation exercises, and discussion on effective communication. Also lots of clapping and awards! Coming for the first time? - You're very welcome to come on your own, or bring a friend. - You do not need to speak, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the impromptu speaking after the break. - And remember to stay and join us at the bar after we finish! Typical agenda: 19:15 - Welcome and networking 19:30 - Introductions and warmup 19:45 - Prepared speeches, followed by evaluations (feedback) for speakers 20:20 - Comfort break (tea and coffee provided) 20:30 - Short impromptu speeches open to everyone 21:00 - Feedback for impromptu speakers and evaluators 21:15 - Awards and close 21:30 - Proceed to the bar We welcome guests to come along and get a taste of what we do at our meetings, however we also incur running expenses for our meetings, so we make the first visit free, and invite returning guests for a donation of £5 per meeting to help us cover our room hire costs. Alternatively, you can join the club as a full member for just £10/month and get full access to our training material and the ability to take part in our meetings. This represents much better value for money, and an investment in yourself that will prove invaluable in starting your journey to being a much more effective presenter and communicator.

Bristol Centre Toastmasters public speaking meeting - everybody welcome

A regular meeting with prepared speeches, improvisation exercises, and discussion on effective communication. Also lots of clapping and awards! Coming for the first time? - You're very welcome to come alone or bring a friend - You do not need to speak, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the impromptu speaking after the break. - And remember to stay and join us at the bar after we finish! Typical agenda: 19:15 - Welcome and networking 19:30 - Introductions and warmup 19:45 - Prepared speeches, followed by evaluations (feedback) for speakers 20:20 - Comfort break (tea and coffee provided) 20:30 - Short impromptu speeches open to everyone 21:00 - Feedback for impromptu speakers and evaluators 21:15 - Awards and close 21:30 - Proceed to the bar We welcome guests to come along and get a taste of what we do at our meetings, however we also incur running expenses for our meetings, so we make the first visit free, and invite returning guests for a donation of £5 per meeting to help us cover our room hire costs. Alternatively, you can join the club as a full member for just £10/month and get full access to our training material and the ability to take part in our meetings. This represents much better value for money, and an investment in yourself that will prove invaluable in starting your journey to being a much more effective presenter and communicator.

Bristol Centre Toastmasters regular meeting - everybody welcome

A regular meeting with prepared speeches, improvisation exercises, and discussion on effective communication. Also lots of clapping and awards! Coming for the first time? - You're very welcome to come on your own, or bring a friend. - You do not need to speak, but are strongly encouraged to participate in the impromptu speaking after the break. - And remember to stay and join us at the bar after we finish! Typical agenda: 19:15 - Welcome and networking 19:30 - Introductions and warmup 19:45 - Prepared speeches, followed by evaluations (feedback) for speakers 20:20 - Comfort break (tea and coffee provided) 20:30 - Short impromptu speeches open to everyone 21:00 - Feedback for impromptu speakers and evaluators 21:15 - Awards and close 21:30 - Proceed to the bar We welcome guests to come along and get a taste of what we do at our meetings, however we also incur running expenses for our meetings, so we make the first visit free, and invite returning guests for a donation of £5 per meeting to help us cover our room hire costs. Alternatively, you can join the club as a full member for just £10/month and get full access to our training material and the ability to take part in our meetings. This represents much better value for money, and an investment in yourself that will prove invaluable in starting your journey to being a much more effective presenter and communicator.

Past events (66)

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