Meetings Info

Wessex Speakers meet at Winchester Racquets & Fitness Club twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, so, it’s very easy to remember when to come along.

We meet a greet members and guests from 7:15pm, meetings start at 7:30pm, promptly, and are usually finished around 9:30 – 9:45pm or shortly afterwards, depending on the evenings schedule.

With the odd exceptions, such as our AGM or the occasional competition, our meetings follow the same structured format with the evening being split in to two parts.  A typical Agenda would look something like this;

  1. Welcome and introductions.
  2. The Warm Up – A quick 15-20 seconds ‘Round Robin’ to ‘warm up’ our voices.
  3. Prepared Speeches – Members present their Prepared Speeches from their manuals.

Break for refreshments

  1. Speech Evaluations – Speeches are evaluated by other members – A very different but equally important skill.
  2. Table Topics – Where we practice our impromptu speaking.
  3. The Final Analysis.

There are 2 to 5 prepared speeches at each meeting, as well as, the corresponding number of evaluations and there are specific roles to be filled on the night, such as Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, Grammarian, General Evaluator and Timekeeper.

Members are encouraged to participate and take on each of these roles from time to time. Each role carries with it some terrific lessons and every role contributes to the development of your speaking and leadership skills, as well as to your speaking experience.

Whilst it’s important to have structure in the meetings (even more valuable experience) it’s important to note that, first and foremost, we have fun at the meetings, so why don’t you come along and join us one evening soon. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month and we’d love to meet you.

Why not go to our ‘Upcoming Meetings‘ and book your visit now?