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Practice public speaking

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.

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  • Bev

    Thanks for organising last night Sasha ... good evening and nice people! :-)

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone spoke really well !

    February 20, 2013

  • Sasha

    Hi All, Thanks for coming last night. Was fun and thanks for bearing with the background noise. Will post the next one as soon as I can, but in our preferred venue. Have a think about a theme....

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Sasha for organising and hosing this wonderful night, and a big thank you to everyone for sharing their heartfelt passion and making it a special event. See you all soon. X

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    Thanks for tonight guys and girls - absolute pleasure to meet you all and look forward to the next meeting!

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    Thanks for tonight guys and girls - absolute pleasure to meet you all and look forward to the next meeting!

    February 19, 2013

  • Liisa

    I'm really sorry, I can't make it tonight. x

    February 19, 2013

    • Sasha

      thanks for letting us know.

      February 19, 2013

  • chantal

    Sorry all. I can't make it.

    February 18, 2013

    • Sasha

      thanks for letting us know.

      February 19, 2013

  • Mike S.

    I am at a funeral in York tomorrow so am not sure what time I'll be back, so I did not put my name down to take up a place, if I do get back in time i'll try and come down, if all 10 turn up im happy to watch, let me know if this is ok, Thanks Mike

    February 17, 2013

    • Sasha

      Of cours Mike, it will be great to see you. x

      February 18, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    I would potentially be interested in coming along, although I am confident speaking in front of people (as I work in sales and have recently started stand up comedy) I know that groups like this can be very beneficial. Hope to hear from you soon!

    February 13, 2013

    • Daniel F.

      Hello!

      February 14, 2013

    • Daniel F.

      D'oh! Practice in a safe environment sounds great to me - I'll try and remember a couple of jokes if you like :) See you next week!

      February 14, 2013

  • Bev

    Hi Sasha, I thought there might have been a charge, too bad! See you at the slug and lettuce! Bev :-)

    February 12, 2013

  • Sasha

    We will be in the alcove room.

    February 12, 2013

  • Sasha changed the location to The Slug and Lettuce, Bristol,

    February 12, 2013

  • Sasha

    Let's try the slug and lettuce, and if its to noisy we know for next time!

    February 12, 2013

  • Sasha

    Cheers Bev. I went in and its a lovely space. They hire out in the eve so would cost about £40. And I don't want to pay! But thanks fit the suggestion and a good find for other activities.

    February 12, 2013

  • Bev

    Hi Sasha, not sure if this may be a possible venue (kind of quirky), but you might try contacting "Wild at Heart Emporium", 51 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EP, tel: 01172391613. It's quite close to The Big Chill Bar, next street over. Bev :-)

    February 11, 2013

  • Sasha

    Hi I went to look at the Slug and lettuce alcove, the space is ok but it is not closed off so the bar has music which we will be able to hear. Frankly its doable but not ideal. Other place that I think may be quieter but more in view of other customers. So, I am still on the case for a more suitable central location for this date. If anyone else has any suggestions for somewhere free, quiet and relatively private, and central Bristol - please do let me know. Cheers, Sash

    February 8, 2013

  • Sasha

    Hahahaha - the Big Chill Bar is unavailable. I have made a provisional booking with the Slug and Lettuce - quite close by so should not disrupt anyone who has already RSVP-ed. Will check out the venue tomorrow Friday, and update the location if its suitable. Cheers, Sash

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You looking for somewhere warmer Sasha ?

    January 31, 2013

  • Sasha removed the location. It was The Big Chill Bar

    January 31, 2013

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