‘It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech’, Mark Twain
We practice, practice and once again practice various skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, listening as well as providing each other with feedback and evaluation. Our typical meeting follows a pre-organized agenda modelled after the Toastmasters program. Our meetings are composed of approximately 15 people who meet weekly for an hour and half. It does happen though that the allotted time of the meeting is simply not enough to exchange our thoughts and ideas, or we simply feel like spending more quality time together. Traditionally we go to a pub to have a small get-together. Pub meetings afterwards are always optional.
All our meetings are held in English, however, a very good command of the language is not mandatory. Our club members speak English on very different levels of proficiency.
Participants also practice and develop their leadership skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, speaker, evaluator, general evaluator, table topics master, ah-counteror grammarian, or toastmaster of the meeting.
There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is evaluated by a member of the club in a positive manner, focusing on what the speaker did right and what could be improved.
‘If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.’, Woodrow Wilson