About Worthing Speakers Club
Our meetings are friendly and fun!
Every member knows the challenge of public speaking, and we are very supportive of each other.
Meetings start at 7.30pm and are chaired by a member holding the role of ‘Toastmaster’.
The first part of the evening is a warm up, an opportunity but not an obligation for members and guests to join in with 15 seconds of impromptu speaking each. This is followed by 3 or 4 project speeches, which are prepared by members.
After the break at 8.30pm we start with evaluations of the prepared speeches.
Evaluation is an important part of Toastmasters – helping us all to learn from the feedback of others. Evaluations are presented by experienced members highlighting strengths and areas for improvement.
The speech evaluations are followed by a session of impromptu speaking called ‘Table Topics’, open to both members and guests.
Table Topics are followed by further general evaluations of the evening’s programme.
The meeting finishes at 9.30pm. Members are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Worthing Speakers offers up to two free meetings before a commitment to becoming a member is required.
The club was founded by Distinguished Toastmaster Meg Heyworth. Worthing Speakers received full charter status with Toastmasters in 2013.
With over 25 members and regular guests, we are a warm friendly club driven to improve our public speaking & leadership skills and grow in confidence with every meeting.
Worthing Speakers Club is run by a committee. We welcome involvement from anyone that wishes to help out. Taking on a role in the committee will also help you develop skills in other areas.
Below is our committee for 2020/2021 (July 1st 2020 to June 30th 2021)
|VP Education||Toby Wilson|
|VP Membership||Cecily Brotherton|
|VP Public Relations||Ellie Henderson|
|Sergeant at Arms||Dave Simpson|
|Immediate Past President||Amy Jones|
|Committee Members||Bill Harpley, Lucy Brooks|
Along with Worthing there are many other Toastmaster Clubs across West and East Sussex. Worthing is part of Area 32.
Clicking on one of the links will take you to their website.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit education organisation that operates clubs worldwide for the purposes of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.
Toastmasters started with Smedley Chapter One Club, which would become the first Toastmasters club. Ralph C. Smedley founded the organisation on October 22, 1924.
Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
It teaches public speaking and leadership skills through its worldwide network of clubs.
The organisation has more than 313,000 members in 126 countries, through its over 14,650 member clubs.
Toastmaster members belong to local clubs, which generally have between 10 and 40 members, with 20 members being a typical size.
The local clubs meet on a regular basis for members to practice various skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking off the cuff, listening, and providing each other with feedback and evaluation.
Beyond each clubs regular meetings, there is Area/ District/ National and International competitions; training and committees. These activities provide opportunities for members to continue to grow outside their clubs and taken on a different scale of speaking opportunities and leadership roles.
Questions about a visit ?
Head over to the meetings page to see a FAQ sheet of the most common questions asked. Plus see the Club Calender of meeting schedules.