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Meet & Speak Clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voices.

Is 2019 the year you promised to find your voice to speak up for yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone?

Do you hesitate when asked to give a presentation? Do you lack the confidence to put forward new ideas at work? Do you quake at the thought of pitching to investors, or taking to the stage and outlining your ambition to make a difference to the world?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, Meet & Speak will help you tackle the fears that are holding you back from your future success and work on the skills that will allow you to step up and confidently achieve your goals

At each meeting we will explore a new topic, take part in engaging exercises, and role-play ways to help us develop our confidence and improve our speaking presence.

The meetings will run monthly for six months. The first session is on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

The series of six workshop costs £50 or £10 per workshop on the door. £5 for students.

In line with Women's Tech Hub we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

Photo credit: Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash.

Upcoming events (5+)

We all Have Something Worth Saying (Bath)

The Guild Coworking Hub

Meet & Speak Clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voice. The team at Ted believe that anyone who has an idea worth sharing is capable of giving a powerful talk. We second that. We want to listen to a genuine person sharing what they’re passionate about. So what lights your fire? If you had to spend the next three years talking about just one topic, what would you chose? We work together to discover what we know that is worth talking about? From focusing on what we say, we turn to how we say it. Most of us hate the sound of our own voice, do you think you sound like Mickey (or Minnie) Mouse or have what Mary Portas calls ‘goat voice’? But does our voice affect how people view us? Do people really make judgements about our potential, competence and confidence based on the sound of our voices? We tackle the issue head on by recording ourselves talking and then we look at how actors and speakers use their voices and learn and practice some simple vocal training hacks and exercises to help us. To cover our costs there will be a small charge of £10 per workshop (£5 for students), payable on the night. But, in line with Women's Tech Hub, we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

How to ace your panel performance and handle an audience. (Bristol)

Meet & Speak Clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voice. At any industry conference there are a couple of keynote speakers and dozens of panel discussions offering plenty of opportunities for us step up and speak. Taking part in a panel discussion may sound like an easier option than giving a speech, but we need to make sure we engage the audience, get our point across, and make an impact. We learn some strategies and then practice by role-playing a panel discussion of our own, choosing a topic we can all talk about: ‘Women and Public Speaking’. After coffee, we turn our attention to the audience. A competent speaker knows the secret to a good talk is to connect with the audience. To do that we need to ensure our speech matches their interests, level of understanding, attitudes and beliefs. We take one topic and work in groups to come up with a presentation suitable for a number of distinct audiences. And, to ramp up the fun, we are hopefully going to film ourselves. To cover our costs there will be a small charge of £10 per workshop (£5 for students), payable on the night. But, in line with Women's Tech Hub, we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

How to Ace Your Panel Performance and Handle and Audience (Bath)

The Guild Coworking Hub

Meet & Speak Clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voice. At any industry conference there are a couple of keynote speakers and dozens of panel discussions offering plenty of opportunities for us step up and speak. Taking part in a panel discussion may sound like an easier option than giving a speech, but we need to make sure we engage the audience, get our point across, and make an impact. We learn some strategies and then practice by role-playing a panel discussion of our own, choosing a topic we can all talk about: ‘Women and Public Speaking’. After coffee, we turn our attention to the audience. A competent speaker knows the secret to a good talk is to connect with the audience. To do that we need to ensure our speech matches their interests, level of understanding, attitudes and beliefs. We take one topic and work in groups to come up with a presentation suitable for a number of distinct audiences. And, to ramp up the fun, we are hopefully going to film ourselves. To cover our costs there will be a small charge of £10 per workshop (£5 for students), payable on the night. But, in line with Women's Tech Hub, we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

Pitching yourself, your business, or your idea. (Bristol)

Meet & Speak clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voices. Do you need to attract new customers to your business or attract funding for your growing venture? Or maybe you want to raise your personal profile by speaking at an industry event, or promote yourself as perfect for a new job or role? If so, you need to tell a compelling story and make an emotional connection with your audience. We look at building a narrative that includes all the elements needed to make an impact and get the desired ‘win’. We split into two groups to prepare our own brief pitches. After a break to boost our energy, we practice presenting our pitches, and learn how to give helpful feedback to help each other improve. We learn how to deal with questions from the audience without losing focus or taking up too much time. We also have a bit of fun with tech, for those of us who have yet to master the art of delivering using slides and talk about how to deal with computer/connectivity issues. To cover our costs there will be a small charge of £10 per workshop (£5 for students), payable on the night. But, in line with Women's Tech Hub, we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

Past events (4)

We all have something worth saying. (Bristol)

DeskLodge House

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