Training consists of many practical ‘projects’ to provide experience in a variety of different speaking situations including the ‘leading’ of club meetings and the ‘evaluation’ of other speakers.
Other projects include:
- Speech to entertain
- Speech to persuade
- Speech using visual aids
- Book review
The projects may be completed in any order with no fixed time period though experience suggests that around 2 years provides the optimum level of personal development.
The project ‘specifications’ are not intended to be mandatory and may be adapted to individual needs.
Each speaker at a meeting is normally assigned an ‘evaluator’ who will provide a realistic assessment of the speech together with helpful suggestions for improvement.
The whole concept is to support each other and to gain greater understanding of speaking techniques from analysing the work of fellow club members.
The General Evaluator provides an overall assessment of the meeting.
Of course, evaluations are themselves a speaking opportunity and should be delivered as a ‘structured’ speech.
Training and accreditation programmes are regularly updated to meet changing presentation techniques.
All clubs participate in the annual speech contest which progresses though club, council and national levels.
There is also a very popular writing contest with sections for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.