Edinburgh Speakers Club
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Frequently Asked Question

If you have a question that isn’t listed below then please email president@edinburghspeakersclub.co.uk

  1. What is a speakers club?
  2. How often do you meet?
  3. Where do you meet?
  4. How do I join?
  5. How much does it cost?
  6. I've never done any public speaking, will I be out of my depth?
  7. What is the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC)?
  8. What can I speak about?
  9. Why can't I speak about sex, region or party politics?
  10. How long does a speech last?
  11. Who decides who gets to speak?
  12. How often will I get to speak?
  13. What are topics?
  14. Are you a debating society?
  15. What's the difference between evaluation and criticism?
  16. Are you part of Toastmasters International (TI)?


  1. What is a speakers club?

A speakers club is a group of people who meet regularly to speak and evaluate each others speaking with the aim of improving their speaking and having fun.

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  1. How often do you meet?

The club meets every two weeks between September and December and January and May.  

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  1. Where do you meet?

AUGB

14 Royal Terrace

Edinburgh

EH7 5AB

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  1. How do I join?

Prospective members are welcome to attend any of our meetings but we encourage anyone wishing to join us to contact the club.  Your first meeting is free and you can take part in as little or as much of the evening as you wish.  After attending a meeting and paying the membership fee you will be included on the speaking programme and invited to give speeches answer topics and evaluate other speakers.  Throughout this process you’ll be given guidance by other members of the club and you may tailor your development to suit a particular aim.  

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  1. How much does it cost?

Annual membership costs £95; the benefits of membership include:

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  1. I've never done any public speaking, will I be out of my depth?

No, the club is committed to helping people with all levels of ability to improve their public speaking.  Many members of the club joined having had no experience beforehand.  The evaluation given to members will be tailored to their individual experience.  

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  1. What is the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC)?

The ASC exists to promote effective speaking, communication, and the conduct of meetings. It is a non-profit organisation uniting groups of individuals into Clubs.  For more information see the ASC Website.  

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  1. What can I speak about?

Anything you like other then sex, religion or party politics.  Subjects that members have given speeches on include art, running, parenting, comedy, caravans, history, the law, rugby, ageing and, of course, giraffes.  Speakers tend to rely on their own experiences and interests to provide material for speeches and in general seek to entertain or inform or both.

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  1. Why can't I speak about sex, religion or party politics?

The club and the wider association believe that these subjects are divisive and as such speaking about them makes it difficult to evaluate people in a fair manner.

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  1. How long does a speech last?

A competition speech is between 6-8 minutes, most speeches given at the club are this length.  

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  1. Who decides who gets to speak?

The short answer is the Education Director.  However members learning and development as a speaker is in there hands if they wish to speak more often or tackle a particular assignment then the Education Director will always be accommodating where possible.  

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  1. How often will I get to speak?

It depends how often you wish to speak.  All members will be invited to take part in topics sessions from there first meeting onwards where they will be asked to speak for 30 seconds/2 mins/3 mins on a topic given to them just before they are required to speak.  If that sounds scary don't worry, new members can be given more time to prepare a topic and if you wish you don't have to take part.  As far as a formal speech goes most members can expect to give three speeches a year including one in the club speech contest.  However there are always spots available in the programme for enthusiastic members.  

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  1. What are topics?

In a topics session members of the club are given a word or phrase and then invited to speak for 30 seconds/2 mins/3mins on it.  The point here is that it is impromptu (i.e. there is no preparation time) hence the skill is in getting up and starting to speak and building a mini speech.  Whilst many new members find this a challenge there a set of skills and tricks that can be developed in order to give very good topics.

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  1. Are you a debating society?

No, we occasionally hold debates to improve members skills in that area but we mostly focus on improving public speaking skills.  

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  1. What's the difference between evaluation and criticism?

If you choose to speak at the club (either in a formal speech or in a topic session) your speaking will be evaluated by another member.  The aim of this evaluation is to help you improve your speaking and more importantly your confidence when speaking public.  It will be pitched at your level and will focus on the positives whilst offering you some advice on where you can improve.  We are very aware that many people are very nervous about speaking in public and endeavour to put you at your ease whilst helping you to improve your speaking.  

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  1. Are you part of Toastmasters International (TI)?

No, we are instead part of the national organisation the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC).

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