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Colchester Speakers Barbecue on 15 June

Thanks to Vicky for providing her garden for the Colchester Speakers barbecue this Saturday, 15 June.  Just turn up between 1.30pm and 5.30pm at 7 Rudkin Road, Colchester.

We will provide the barbecue, rolls for burgers and hot dogs, sauces, some drinks, and of course some games to play. Please can you bring food that you like to barbecue and a drink that you prefer. There should then be enough to share between us 🙂

I’m sure we can fit in some relevant topics and will all have a fantastic time 🙂

Keith Dickerson
Secretary, Colchester Speakers Club

Colchester Speakers new Venue: Falafel and More, 9 Queen Street

We held our first meeting in our new venue, Falafel and More, 9 Queen Street, Colchester on 11 June. This went very well. We had 3 speeches and some interesting topics (impromptu speeches) which gave a choice of ways to address the subject and was certainly an opportunity to speak on our feet.

Here is a photo of Vicky receiving her Foundation Certificate in public speaking from our President Stephen Tuthill for achieving her first 5 assignments successfully.

Keith Dickerson
Secretary, Colchester Speakers Club

Meeting on 12 March is a joint meeting at Sudbury

Don’t forget that the meeting tomorrow night (12 March) is a joint meeting with Sudbury Speakers Club and will be held at The Bridge Project, Bradbury Courtyard, 20 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EU. Arrive by 7pm and finish by 9pm.

Please contact me on 07971 940518 if you’d like a lift from the Colchester area.

Keith Dickerson
Secretary, Colchester Speakers Club

Please RSVP for our first meeting at our new venue on Tuesday evening 11 December

Please RSVP on Meetup for the first meeting of Colchester Speakers in our new venue: Dice and A Slice, 37 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PQ, starting at 7pm on Tuesday evening. We will finish by 9pm this time as the restaurant closes soon after this.

Looking forward to seeing you all again after spending 6 weeks in Australia (I’ll tell you all about Tasmanian Tigers and Echidnas 🙂

Keith Dickerson
Secretary, Colchester Speakers

Colchester triumph in East Area contests on 13 February

Philip Baldock did Colchester proud in the East Area contests last night, winning the Evaluation contest and becoming runner up in the Speech contest. Philip will therefore go through to both the South East District speech and evaluation contests at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone on Sunday 18 March, where he will be up against competitors from the other 3 Areas in S E District 😀

The East Area contests went very well with 23 people from 5 clubs attending, including several newcomers to public speaking 😀

It would be wonderful to see you all at Colchester Speakers Club for our next meeting on 13 March. You will learn a lot and lose your fear of speaking in public.

Keith Dickerson
President, Colchester Speakers Club

On Tuesday 13 February we’re hosting the East Area contests – come and see some inspirational speaking

This coming Tuesday evening, 13 February, Colchester are hosting the East Area speech, evaluation and topics contests. Regular participants from 5 speakers clubs (Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Felixstowe, Ipswich and Sudbury) will be competing for the chance to win the trophies for best speaker, evaluator and topics speaker in East Area. Winners will go on to participate in the South East District contests in Maidstone on Sunday 18 March.

Come along and see some inspirational speaking 🙂 First timers are especially welcome to see how it’s done.

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Keith Dickerson
President, Colchester Speakers Club

Philip receiving his ASC Certificate of Achievement

Philip receiving his ASC certificate of achievement in Public Speaking from the President of Colchester Speakers Club, Keith Dickerson.

Meeting of Colchester Speakers Club on 10 October

Our 2nd meeting of the season went very well last night and we had 6 speeches (and 7 evaluations) together with a warm up and a Topics session on Gestures. The speeches were:

1. Paul Oliver A8 “What we did on Holiday”

2. Ben Rout A2 “Iceland a leader in Renewable Energy”

3. Diana Bond-Smith A1 “Introduction”

4. Philip Baldock A10 “The Hunt – What’s wrong with my generation?”

5. Louis Pace A1 “Father of the Bride”

6. Maggie Harling A4 “Analogy to Metaphor”

The star of the evening was Philip who passed his A10 Masterpiece speech and will now receive his ASC Certificate of Achievement – the first that we’ve awarded in the club since James McGinty left 🙂

The reason there were 7 evaluations was because a Masterpiece has to be evaluated by 2 evaluators (one from another club) so I asked Kevin Northcott, President of Sudbury club, to come along and evaluate Philip as well – we both wholeheartedly agreed on the pass.

Looking forward to seeing yuo all again on 14 November 🙂

Speak Well in Public

Express yourself with confidence and clarity and you’ll find new opportunities open up.

If you can rely on your speaking skills, you will feel so much more confident about taking those opportunities up.

Do you want to:

  • use speaking skills to sell your ideas?
  • speak confidently? 
  • stop feeling fearful?
  • express yourself proficiently?
  • transform yourself and your career?

Although we’re the longest established speakers club in Essex, we’re small but growing which means we have time to listen to what you want to achieve and tailor a programme to suit you.

Face the Fear

New members often say they’ve spent months (sometimes years) hiding from their fear of public speaking.  If you decide to join us you will be in the company of people who joined Colchester Speakers Club for the same reasons you are thinking of joining – and who will be developing their public speaking alongside you.

“There are only two types of speaker in the world – the nervous and liars” – Mark Twain.

At Colchester Speakers Club we learn from each other and we develop our confidence and speaking skills in a reassuring and supportive environment.

See what you think

Come along to one of our monthly Tuesday meetings and check us out.  Visits are free!

  • meetings: second Tuesday of every month apart from August
  • times: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • venue: 107, High Street (Conservative Club – entrance in Maidenburgh Street) CO1 1TH

Our meetings are relaxed and provide lots of opportunities for developing your skills, boosting confidence and practising.

More information

If you’re interested in the idea of joining Colchester Speakers Club and want to talk to someone about it, come visit our group at

Click here to download our information leaflet