Members’ Stories

Dear Chaucer Speaker Club,

The support and kindness I got from the club has been truly remarkable. It was an incredible journey, something I will always treasure. Thank you for giving me this invaluable opportunity to progress my public speaking skills.
Fatima 🙂

 

 

John, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I’ve always had a fear of public speaking. But starting a new job, where I would have to give presentations to a room of 30 people, I thought it was high time I faced my fears. And what better way to build my confidence than to join Chaucer Speakers Club.

What benefits have you gained from being a member?

Being a member of Chaucer Speakers Club has built my self esteem and confidence in being able to communicate to an audience. The support and feedback I receive from Chaucer members is fantastic, and they have a keen interest in my development.

 

Adrian, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

Having been a member of a rugby club for many years I recently joined Chaucer Speakers club to meet some intelligent, talented and interesting local people from all walks of life and to add some learning of a key life skill.

What benefits have you gained from being a member?

Developed new skills, met new and interesting people and added a new social dimension to my busy life. Chaucer Speakers Club that welcomes people of all ages and if you want to meet some interesting and friendly folk who will help guide and train you in the art of public speaking then look no further

 

Stewart, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I joined as my friend had recently joined and said how much she was enjoying being a member, so I thought I would give it a go. I am used to speaking in public, however, being a member has helped me develop the skills and techniques to be a far more effective and confident presenter than before.

Peter, what made you join Chaucer Speakers?

Speaking and listening to good speakers has always been something I have enjoyed since first being introduced to an after dinner speaker way back in the early 80s

What have you got from being a member of Chaucer Speakers Club?

Only in the late 90’s did I discover the Association of Speakers Clubs and introduced to Chaucer Speakers Club by a business colleague. Since then I have enjoyed some great speaking experiences, made some excellent friends and regularly use new speaking tips in my business life presentations.

Maureen, what made you join Chaucer Speakers?

‘Rachel, a longstanding member of Chaucer speakers club, gave a training session at my place of work on presentation skills. It was Rachel’s sincere and gentle style that encouraged me to try Chaucer Speakers Club, and I’m very glad I did.

Suzanne, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

To get better impromptu speaking skills, an ability to practice regularly, receive feedback from outside circle of work.

What benefits have you gained from being a member?

Having a safe environment among friends to practice and develop skills. A wide range of diverse friends and social experiences. Great opportunities for training and development. Experiences in different locations and environments – e.g. dinner inside Glasgow City Council – a sumptuous building.  A feel for WHO we are – the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that make up Chaucer Speakers Club.

Philip, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I’ve always had a desire to improve how I communicate generally and regularly talked too fast, forgot to do that very important thing when it comes to communicating, to LISTEN as hard as you talk, if not more so. Joining a Speakers Club was an obvious place to start.

What benefits have you gained from being a member of Chaucer?Being a member of Chaucer Speakers Club has allowed me to achieve, well I think so, what I set out to do. Furthermore, meeting with like minded people from all walks of life is a great pleasure & is enormously enjoyable.

Richard  joined my company and in his own words, he gave second best to no one around the team table on technical skills. He always lost out on the promotion front, because he was too afraid to express his views.
He joined Chaucer Speakers Club to try to correct that. With our mentoring, his progress was excellent
Eventually he left Chaucer Speakers Club because with his new confidence and speaking skills he landed a position in Zurich. He wrote to his mentor saying that his life changing move was all down to Jim and Chaucer Speakers Club.

Mike, what made you join Chaucer Speakers?

A lifelong fear of public speaking has been exhausting, debilitating, and, at times, unbearable. Approaching 50, I finally mustered up the courage to do something about it. I wish I had joined Chaucer Speakers 20 years ago.
What have you got from being a member of Chaucer Speakers Club?
It’s still early days, but I feel I am making progress. I originally thought that being a member of the club would be torture – something I would just have to endure in order to conquer my fears. However, it’s turning out to be fun as well, and has also been a good way to meet some really nice people.

William, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I used to consider myself a good public speaker however, I did a keynote presentation which was rather poor, which made me realise that I needed to raise my game significantly. A friend of mine knew about Chaucer Speakers Club and suggested I might learn something there – boy was he right!

What have you gained from being a member?

I have learnt a mixture of technical speaking skills and feedback skills in a relaxed and social environment. I have made some friends for life and had the priceless opportunity of taking a leadership role within the club and then as president of the national Association of Speakers Clubs. The focus on constructive and supportive feedback means that you get the opportunity to not only learn from your own performance but also from the performance of other club members. Finally, we are encouraged to take on other roles with appropriate support within the club, for example, chairing a meeting, supporting others, taking part in competitions etc. All really good fun.

Julie, what made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I joined about 22 years ago, as a quiet wallflower, in the hope of improving my presentation skills for interviews.

What benefits have you gained from being a member?

I enjoy giving speeches so much that I find it a fun activity – no longer a wallflower. My confidence was boosted and my speechwriting, presentation, evaluation, chairing and mentoring skills continue to improve. My improvements are inspired and supported by the other members. Volunteering to give presentations made me popular at work but unfortunately my career was ended by an industrial injury. Chaucer speakers club has given me a sense of purpose, achievement and usefulness during an enforced medical retirement. It is immensely rewarding helping members to become confident and effective speakers. I have made lifelong friends and enjoy the friendship, encouragement and support of our members. Meetings are varied, entertaining, educational and filled with joyful laughter and camaraderie.

 

Anonymous Testimonials

What made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I first joined Chaucer Speakers Club because I wanted to improve my public speaking for work presentations.  However another motivation was that I had been at a training event with work years earlier and had heard someone from a Speakers Club give a presentation – he was an amazing speaker and I remember thinking at the time ‘I wish I could speak as well as he can’.  I vowed that when I had time, I would look to join a speakers club.  It took me about 5 years from that point but I did eventually!

What benefits have you gained from being a member of Chaucer?

Improved confidence in speaking in public and social situations

Tips on how to make my speeches interesting

The chance to meet a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and careers

Making new friends and learning new skills.

At Chaucer Speakers Club, that old adage, the more you put in, the more you get out, is certainly true.

You can come along to meetings and just listen to other speakers and there is no doubt you can learn an awful lot of hearing other people give speeches.  However, if you participate yourself and give planned or even impromptu speeches, you receive personal feedback on your performance. This feedback is given in a ‘kind’ way in that the evaluator tells you what you did well but they also say, in a constructive way, what you need to improve on.  Nowhere else would you get this honest, constructive feedback as work colleagues or partners are usually not able to give this advice as effectively as someone from a speakers club.

In addition to the club meetings and the help with public speaking, there is a whole social side to Chaucer Speakers Club such as parties, dinners and other social events.  The club doesn’t take itself too seriously and a lot of fun is had by all.

The reason I joined Chaucer Speakers Club was to get over my nerves when reading in public for example; lessons in  church and  chairing meetings in the village.
Since joining Chaucer Speakers Club I have read a lesson in Canterbury Cathedral at the last minute to a full nave.
I am known for keeping meetings on time and having no nonsense (I am really rather jolly). I still get nervous but have learnt to “cover it up” sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.
Also I like the social side of things at Chaucer Speakers Club. What else do you do on a cold Monday night in the winter?

What made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I wanted to gain confidence with my ability to present speeches to the public. I had found, over the years, that my work required me, at times, to make presentations and speak at public meetings. I felt I lacked the skills and to some degree the confidence to do myself justice.

What benefits have you gained from being a member of Chaucer?
I have gained so much and felt that my confidence has grown significantly. I feel confident to speak in any situation which I may find myself in. I am still developing my skills. Chaucer Speakers Club has given me the ideal environment to develop my skills, amongst people who want me do well.

Additionally, Chaucer Speakers Club has given me extra confidence and a new set of friends, who have given me so much help and advice. Not only does the club nurture people , the experience of attending the club and watching others deliver their speeches not only inspires you but also becomes an enjoyable evening where laughter is very evident.

 

What made you join Chaucer Speakers Club?

I wanted to gain confidence with my ability to present speeches to the public. I had found, over the years, that my work required me, at times, to make presentations and speak at public meetings. I felt I lacked the skills and to some degree the confidence to do myself justice.

What benefits have you gained from being a member of Chaucer?
I have gained so much and felt that my confidence has grown significantly. I feel confident to speak in any situation which I may find myself in. I am still developing my skills. Chaucer Speakers Club has given me the ideal environment to develop my skills, amongst people who want me do well.

Additionally, Chaucer Speakers Club has given me extra confidence and a new set of friends, who have given me so much help and advice. Not only does the club nurture people , the experience of attending the club and watching others deliver their speeches not only inspires you but also becomes an enjoyable evening where laughter is very evident.