Debate and Public Speaking Club
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The London Business School Public Speaking Club provides its members with weekly public speaking opportunities, a supportive environment, and a venue for developing new friendships. We're a club devoted to improving each others public speaking and leadership potential. Individually we each bring unique experiences and perspectives to the group, and collectively we help each other achieve many personal and professional goals. We are here to speak, to have fun, and to help all our members to succeed.
The London Business School Public Speaking Club is a member club of Toastmasters International, a world leader in Public Speaking Training with 12,500 clubs in 113 countries. Our meetings are learn-by-doing workshops in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. A typical meeting has 20 to 40 members who meet to practice public speaking techniques. Our meetings have 2 parts: - Prepared speeches: Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to use of humour, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests (Public Relations, Storytelling, Humorously Speaking, etc...). - Table topics: The Table Topics portion of our meetings takes place after the formal "prepared speeches" segment and usually lasts 20 or 30 minutes. The Topicsmaster announces a topic or question and calls on several members, one at a time, who give impromptu one-to-two-minute responses to that topic. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another's presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program's success. Meeting participants also conduct meetings, and serve as officers in various leadership roles.