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Blackburn Castle Speakers Club is a not for profit organisation and a member of the Association of Speakers Clubs. It is one of over 100 clubs across the United Kingdom making up the Association.  The Club helps its members overcome the fear of speaking in public and improves their confidence. The membership consists of a diverse group of people from a variety of different backgrounds and ranging in age from early 20’s to 70+. Members join for many different reasons from needing to make a wedding speech to having to make an important presentation at work, or simply to gain more confidence when meeting people.

In fact make any kind of speech you want. Learning to speak in public is a way of building your self confidence personally, at work and socially.

Speakers Clubs are fun, friendly and made up of people just like you. Together we can help you conquer your fears and achieve your goals. Your speaking in public development will be at a pace that you dictate and you can enjoy yourself at the same time.

So come along on the night and give us a try. You might just surprise youself.

We are ready to help you achieve your true speaking potential.

In 1972 many of the British members of Toastmasters International broke away from their American parent to form the Association of Speakers Clubs or ASC as it is more commonly known. There are now over 100 individual Speakers Clubs throughout Britain.

The principal aims of ASC are to promote, advise and encourage high standards of public speaking by providing a relaxed atmosphere to allow individuals to gain confidence, practice their speaking skills and receive constructive feedback and encouragement from more experienced speakers. (The word “criticism” is avoided: speakers’ efforts are evaluated, never criticised) and experienced speakers are encouraged to come along to meetings to offer advice to those less experienced. Over the years hundreds of people from all walks of life and from all age groups have benefited from membership of ASC.

 Blackburn Castle Speakers Club, and the other clubs in the area of North Pennine (the area around North East Lancashire) give individuals the opportunity to gain confidence, experience and practice in all facets of public speaking, be it delivering prepared speeches within time limits, chairing and conducting business and public meetings, debating, making impromptu speeches, even the relatively straightforward task of proposing a vote of thanks.

From its earliest days, many Blackburn businessmen, professionals, policemen, teachers, farmers, tradesmen, local government staff and sales people have attended the Club. Many have come along to gain confidence in speaking at job interviews. A surprising number of individuals have also returned later in their careers because they enjoy the banter, the entertainment and friendships formed at club meetings.