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What we're about

Are you looking to take your speaking skills to the next level? Our group launch is designed to help you do it by offering coaching and mentoring support. Whether you speak within a speakers club, present to customers and clients, or aspire to earn an income from speaking, our aim is to help your get from where you are to where you want to be.

This group is new. For the past year it's been an experiment to see who needs help, what help is needed, how we can help you to break through the barriers holding you back. You may be faced with fear and anxiety; needing to know how best to get your point across to your audience; have speaking goals, but no idea how to achieve them. These are all areas we will cover.

The first informal meetings have taken place and feedback has been excellent: "I found the session incredibly useful... The exercise was also a great point to start... I thought the length of the session was just right... The content covered gave a great overview..."

The group organiser, David Hopkins, has been a member of three local speakers clubs. He has achieved advanced awards in communication and leadership in the two main speaking organisations, as well as reaching National level in contests. He speaks on behalf of the charities, WaterAid - helping raise awareness of 'water poverty' in developing countries; and Rainbows Children's Hospice. David is a life-coach and puts his skills to great use when mentoring new and experienced speakers. He takes them from the basics of clarifying their speech purpose, through to building audience rapport and creating a winning speech!

“David is an exceptional speaker and a fantastic mentor for others on their journey to becoming high quality speakers. As a speaker he is very experienced and applies technical brilliance to craft compelling, and often amusing, speeches. As a mentor he takes the time to get to know you and the outcomes you want, he offers encouragement and praise for what worked and insightful, concise and practical suggestions for how to improve. He really is the full package as a mentor; my speaking came on leaps and bounds with his guidance and I recommend him wholeheartedly." Dr Angela Armstrong, TEDX speaker

Initially we will be starting with bi-monthly meetings going through a programme that allows us to go beyond simply following club formats. Perhaps we'll bring in outside speakers and trainers. Maybe we'll run workshops... It's for those seeking that extra input club programmes do not offer. It's for those who aren't affiliated to any speakers clubs. It's for those who feel coaching is what's needed to take them further.

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