If you want to practice public speaking in a very safe, supportive and encouraging group, come along! Whether you want to improve for work, generally build confidence or find your voice, practice can help improve your public speaking skills and techniques, and maybe even help enjoy it (??£$%^).
We had our first meet with 6 people - we all just spoke, off the cuff for 5 mins standing up, had a little chat, about how it felt, and moved on. It was pleasant and very safe.
We agreed for the next time (depending on numbers):
As an icebreaker, to pull a subject out of a hat and talk about it for one minute. Testing thinking on your feet, optional, standing or sitting is fine.
Then will go round having 5 mins max each (no minimum), standing or sitting is your choice, you can prepare a talk if you want, or come and speak off the cuff. If you prepare a talk, any subject is ok. We are flexible - after all, this is 'no-pressure' practice!
Once you have spoken, you have a chance to say how it went. When everyone has spoken, we then have a general discussion/feedback/feed forward - how we can improve, but without individual feedback unless it is specifically requested!
The room is a little dark and was a bit chilly, so you may wish to bring a jumper. However, it is quiet, private, large, central and free!! Happy to take suggestions for other locations for future meets.
When you come in the bar, get a drink if you want, and ask for the upstairs room - no bar upstairs.
Randomly, this meetup was deleted last week. If it happens again, please check with me because I am unlikely to cancel it!
This is not public speaking training or a debating group.