At Strictly Speaking Harrogate Toastmasters we are a friendly and supportive team. We have members from all walks of life and are attending meetings for a variety of reasons. Some are already accomplished speakers and some are just starting on their road to speaking with confidence in front of others. Some need to improve their skills for the sake of their work and careers and others just want to be better public speakers. The one reason that unites us all is that we have a fun time and create new friends while doing something that we all love.
Why not join us? We meet at 7pm every second & third of the month at the Cairn Hotel Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Strictly Speaking is part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organisation that operates local clubs worldwide, aiming to help members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.
Being part of the Toastmasters, our resources and educational program is provided by the organisation, meaning you will be undertaking a tried and tested educational curriculum which has benefitted thousands across the globe.
Our meetings are a friendly and supportive environment. No matter your skill level, you are welcomed. We all know the pressures of public speaking, that’s why we’re here! As a Toastmaster, an important part of your journey is following the Toastmasters Educational Program.
The program is based upon the four principles of; Experimental learning, Self-Paced Education, peer Feedback and Mentoring. The educational program is based upon a proven curriculum, guaranteed to improve your confidence and leadership skills.
A typical meeting is split into various activities, for example a meeting could include ‘Table Topics’ where members can opt to do an impromptu speech or ‘Programmed Speeches’ where member’s progress through the Toastmasters educational manuals.
I had been speaking at conferences for several years, but it was not until I joined Toastmasters that I found out how bad I was. The detailed and structured feedback have helped me address my weak points and to give audiences a clearer message. The laid back environment at Toastmasters is the perfect setting to improve your skills, I would recommend it to anyone.
Before I joined I was confident in many aspects, but recognised that I needed some support to further improve my skillset. I've learnt to simplify my speeches whilst delivering my message with more impact. It is a warm, safe environment, with friendly members. There are so many aspects to the club, learning and development, friendship, and laughter.
Toastmasters and the Harrogate club in particular is an incredible platform for anyone wanting to develop their presentation skills and general confidence with speaking. Whether you are an experienced speaker or a novice, you will improve. I've been speaking for many years and I've made more progress since I joined last year than I have in the past 25!