FAQ's

We have included a list of Frequently Asked Questions below which will hopefully give you the information you require.

How much does it cost to join Blackburn CastleSpeakers Club?
We are a not-for-profit organisation so any money we collect is used to cover our costs and contribute towards membership benefits. The subscription fee for membership is calculated annually based upon the number of registered members and the cost of overheads. A single years membership is expected to be approx. £40.00

How often does the club meet? 
We meet fortnightly on a Monday throughout the speaking season.  As our speaking season is between September and May we would expect to have between 16 and 18 meetings per year.

What if I'm not sure Blackburn Castle Speakers Club is suitable for me?
We are more than happy for you to attend a couple of meetings free of charge so that you can decide for yourself whether the club is suitable for your needs.

What if I'm too nervous to speak at a club meeting?
Then Blackburn Castle Speakers Club sounds like it may be able to help you overcome these nerves. You are welcome to attend a couple of meetings as a guest and will NOT be forced to participate if you would prefer to simply observe.

What if I am already an accomplished Speaker?
Then Blackburn Castle Speakers Club would welcome you. No matter how much experience you have you will always be able to pick up some new advice. Also, you will no doubt gain satisfaction from being able to advise and evaluate other members with less experience.

How can I join Blackburn Castle Speakers Club?
The best way of joining would be to to turn up on the night to see if you would benefit from the experience and if you do then become a member at the next meeting.

What happens at a typical club meeting?
The evening opens with a short informal business session where the affairs of the club are discussed. Next follows a session where members and guests are given the opportunity to deliver a 3 minute inpromptu speech on a subject not of their choosing.  This helps with confidence building and develops the ability to think logically and then deliver a coherient speech on any subject. The next session of the evening is given over to the prepared speech. It is within this part that members deliver a 6 to 8 minute prepared speech on a subject of their choosing.  Members work through assignments contained within the Speakers Guide.  The Guide contains invaluable information in preparing and delivering a speech.  The most important part of the whole evening is the evalaution.  All of the speakers performances on the night are assessed.  Advice and guidance is presented by experienced members of the Club, who are able to evaluate and offer help and encouragement to build the individual speakers confidence.     

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