"I joined Windsor Speakers because I had heard very complimentary things about how welcoming the club members were and what a great movement it was to be part of.
My expectations have been exceeded on every level!
The members are positive, supportive and extremely welcoming.
The meetings are friendly, yet professional; but above all incredibly interesting.
One of the great things about the club is that you choose to be involved as much or as little as you want, and there is no pressure at all to do anything you don't want to.
My public speaking skills have improved no end since joining, and this is just the start of the journey."
Windsor Speakers is a Public Speaking club based in Windsor Berkshire UK, with a thriving membership of people of all ages, genders and nationalities.
It provides a safe, supportive and educational environment to help conquer any fears or limiting beliefs you may have about communicating your message to an audience, and to grow into a skilled and effective public speaker.
Typically our meetings take place in a social setting and as always guests are welcomed and free to visit, however in keeping with the government social-distancing rules we are running all our meetings online using 'Zoom' video-conferencing until we can return to normal.
If you would like to connect to any of these meetings as a guest please contact us below and we'll be happy to add you.
If you are interested in attending one of our meetings as a guest, or would like to find out more about joining, and how membership can make a real difference to your communication and leadership skills, then follow in our footsteps and make contact.
The club is led and managed by the following committee members:
Vice President of Education.
"Windsor Speakers is the friendliest group. I remember it started with Robert's answer to my email, then the welcome when I came through the door my first evening. Even as a Guest I felt very comfortable.
Members have a range of backgrounds, interests and reasons for joining. I really enjoy the incredible variety of topics, and presentation styles.
About those speeches.. there was no pressure, I was just encouraged to take those first steps - and then you're rolling! You choose a Pathway - your own development programme - and get access to the Toastmasters International online help, video and support library.
It's more than speeches though - I'd call myself organised, but getting involved in a meeting also grew my confidence and feedback skills. It's very inclusive as everyone has strengths and weaknesses.
Whatever you want from it, I can guarantee you'll enjoy it!"
Vice President of Membership.
"When I joined Windsor Speakers the idea of standing in front of an audience gave me goose bumps. I quickly appreciated the ability to develop public speaking skills was very much within my grasp.
My journey has been extremely beneficial and rewarding, and I am now able to stand in front of an audience and present without nerves and with complete confidence. I feel empowered and energised. Not only have I developed a great skill but I have also made great friendships too.
Windsor Speakers provides a wonderfully friendly, caring and supportive environment for people of any age, nationality, background and profession.
Everyone has to start somewhere, so don't feel daunted or shy. It's a great club and worth a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
"While I never felt that nervous about public speaking I certainly wasn't jumping at opportunities to practice in front of groups.
Being able to speak in public is such a key skill. While a lot of us may not have to speak in public to audiences on a regular basis, we may have to speak on conference calls or at smaller team meetings at work. The practice and learning you'll get at Toastmasters helps with all of this too and you'll become much more confident about speaking in front of others in general. Another skill that has been a key benefit to me has been organising and running meetings. Toastmasters has really helped me with this and that has been great in my work career."
"Before I joined Windsor Speakers, the fear and stress when I had to speak to a group was exhausting, and extremely frustrating.
Why was it that I could easily speak on a one-to-one basis to the eight members of my team at work, but put me infront of all of them at once in a team meeting, and I was a jibbering wreck?
I searched online for something to help, and fortunately found the club. I visited as a guest, and I was looked after very well.
I'm so glad I joined. It was a decision that has changed my life. My speaking skills have since blossomed, and my career and general self-confidence have benefitted greatly.
As a visitor at our club, you will be warmly welcomed. You will not be forced to do anything you don't want to do, so you can just watch from the audience if you wish.
However if you decide to join, you can make use of this safe and supportive environment to learn and practice alongside us, as you become a confident and effective public speaker."
Meetings take place on the First and Third Monday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays).
You are welcome to turn up at any meeting as a guest.
We enjoy the social atmosphere, so although our meetings start at 7.15pm, we arrive from 7.00pm and often stay behind to chat after the meeting is over (around 9.30). We also take a break for tea and biscuits about half way through as public-speaking does generate a thirst!
Why not pop the next few in your diary now!
Congratulations on making a bold step towards improving your public speaking and leadership abilities!
A member of the committee will make contact with you at the next available opportunity.
You've met the team and learned when we meet, so register your interest now and we'll be back in touch to answer any questions you may have.
Tell us a bit about you, and then tick 'Email me' to enable the 'Register Your Interest' button.
Each meeting takes place at Gardeners Hall, 213 St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR.
The hall is almost opposite the Duke of York pub, however it is set back from the road.
Drive into the entrance beside the shop, and then in through the big gates on the right into the carpark. The carpark turns into a one way system for drivers which goes anti-clockwise around the building.
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Click here for a Google Street-View of the entrance to Gardners Hall
So what are you waiting for?
Make contact to register your interest now and you can look back on this - as the moment that your amazing adventure began!