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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the club about? Is it an evening class?

It is similar to an evening class in so far as we meet twice a month, between 7.30 and 10.00pm and we meet people, learn speaking skills and socialise. 

Can I come along try it and see for myself?

Of course you can and you will be most welcome. You can attend as a guest for 1 evening without any cost whatsoever. You can just turn up. Or even better, email us so we know to look out for you. 

How much is membership?

Membership for the 2023-2024 season is £95. This is used to pay for our room at the Kent and Canterbury Club and other fixed costs such as the website. Student discount is available.

Who teaches the skills, and who is in charge?

As a private independent club, we are all in charge. We elect a few people to run the club – that changes every year. Members are often keen to get involved and we encourage this.  In addition to that, several of our members have done extremely well in competitions, and all of them give their extensive knowledge and skills to the club free of charge. However we all learn from each other and that is one of the things that makes it a special club.

Is there a curriculum of sorts? 

Yes.  We have our members follow the excellent ASC "Speakers Guide" which helps you develop as you go from F1 to F10 with various techniques taught along the way (Eg. F4: Using Gestures and Body Language).

You can also work toward acquiring various qualifications and certificates.


What sort of people join? What ages?

Anyone and everyone can join. We have members from 16 to 70+. We have both men and woman. It does not matter if you are working, retired, unemployed, or studying. We have a wide range of people, with wide skills and varying degrees of confidence. You will fit in! We are all nice welcoming people and of course we reserve the right to refuse membership or admittance to anyone who the committee feel does not respect the club’s values.

What happens at a typical meeting?

Although each club is different, most follow a similar agenda for their meetings. A typical evening could follow the outline below.

  • 7.45 start – we are always prompt! We aim to finish promptly at 10.00.

  • Introduction and outline of the evening and alterations to the programme.

  • Optional mini tutorial or learning point.

  • 2-3 prepared speeches of about 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Evaluations, each speech is evaluated with learning points identified.

  • Break for a drink at the bar (optional)

  • Impromptu speaking session, called Topics, this is a chance for anyone to be given a generic topic and attempt to speak for up to 2 minutes. (You do not have to – nobody is forced to speak, only gently encouraged.

  • Topic evaluations and learning points.

  • Final Evaluation and close.

Some evenings will follow a theme, and others will be more general in nature but all of them will create good learning opportunities whilst listening to interesting speakers. 

I am nervous about attending my first meeting any advice?

Simply call or email us and we will make sure that you are welcomed, someone explains everything to you, sits with you and makes sure you enjoy your first visit. We will introduce you to a few members so that you will quickly feel right at home.

What is the ASC?

The ASC stands for the Association of Speakers Clubs. Sometimes it also indicates the aim of the organsition Achieve Speaking Confidence. The ASC is a UK national organisation of over 40 years standing. The 130+ clubs hold, in the main, fortnightly meetings where members can deliver speeches, learn public speaking skills and receive valuable feedback through evaluations. The clubs normally meet in the evenings and create a safe, supportive atmosphere that helps to develop confidence, whilst ensuring a good sense of fun and camaraderie.

Complaints Procedure

If for any reason you wish to lodge a complaint about the club or any of its members please send an email in writing to:

Please include all details pertaining to your complaint and the Core Team will send you a reply by email, including any actions resulting from your complaint.  Note that the email address is not monitored everyday so please allow 4 to 5 days for a reply. 


Not every member is interested in speaking competitions, but for those who enjoy the challenge, each club will hold competitions in the three main disciplines, Prepared Speaking, Impromptu Speaking and Evaluations. The winners of the club competitions will compete in an Area final, and those winners in a District final. Finally all 8 District winners will compete at the National Finals held in April each year.

In addition to individual events, most districts have a couple of team speaking events which add interest and addition challenge to the speakers. If you do not want to compete, it is still worth going to the Area and other finals as the standard of speaking is usually very high and there is always an opportunity to learn from others. By the time you are ready for competitions, we will be able to advise you on the best route to this aspect of speaking.

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