Welcome from our president, Paul Bayliss
I joined East Herts Speakers in 2018 looking to improve my public speaking. As my career progressed, I found I was doing more speeches in front of increasingly large audiences - whether it be in large team meetings, offsites or townhalls. I believe it's a key skill in leadership and not one that I was ever particularly comfortable with. I attended several courses but found that I was missing the opportunities to continually practise and improve my skills. East Herts Speakers was perfect for me. Not only am I now more comfortable speaking in public speaking, I have improved other leadership skills such as giving and receiving feedback, had great fun and made a lot of friends on the way! 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.
- Paul Bayliss