Welcome from our president, Rebecca Wigmore
I joined East Herts Speakers in 2018 looking to improve my public speaking and leadership skills. Whilst still in the relatively early stages of my career, I fast realised that my public speaking skills were not at the level I wanted or needed them to be for my career goals and potential future roles within my career, which is where East Herts Speakers came in! Having looked into different public speaking courses, I thought I’d struck gold when a colleague told me about Toastmasters and our local club, East Herts Speakers. I liked that by being a member of a Toastmasters club you have the opportunity to continually practise and improve your skills as opposed to a one-off course. I also liked the fun, friendly and encouraging atmosphere at East Herts and found it to be a great safe space for me to learn and develop. Not only am I now more comfortable speaking in public, I have improved other leadership skills such as giving and receiving feedback, had great fun and made a lot of friends on the way! But enough about myself, let me tell you more about East Herts Speakers Club…
East Herts Speakers is an established speakers club, part of the Toastmasters International Organisation, a non profit organisation run by its members for its members with the goal to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
We meet every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. We have around 30 members and we are a diverse club, with members of all ages (currently we have members between 25- 80 years of age) and a variety of backgrounds.
Some of our members joined to overcome their fear of public speaking and to help them improve their presentation skills, some to improve their communication skills in both personal and professional life. Others joined because they were new to the area and wanted to be part of a community in which they can grow.
Our meetings are run by our members. Meetings are fun, friendly and supportive – the key ingredients which makes learning rewarding, exciting and enjoyable. We encourage and support each other to achieve our personal goals. At every meeting there we have prepared speeches, constructive evaluations, impromptu speaking opportunities and leadership roles. The meetings allow our members to build their competence in communication, grow in confidence and gain the experience to lead others.
We always end the meetings with a chat and we always have a lot of fun!
If you want to see for yourself how East Herts Speakers can help you achieve your goals we invite you to attend one of our meetings as a guest. Meetings are free of charge to guests, there is no obligation to join or to speak at the meeting if you don’t want to. It’s your opportunity to experience how the club is run and meet some of our members. We guarantee that you will have a warm and friendly welcome.
Due to Covid-19 the meetings are currently held online via zoom. Message us to join and we send you the link to the meeting.
- Rebecca Wigmore