Welcome to Renfrewshire Speakers Club
Do any of the situations at the bottom of this page seem familiar? They all have one thing in common – the need to speak to a group of people! For some this comes naturally, for many it’s the start of sleepless nights worrying about how to prepare and deliver an effective performance.
Not surprising when the outcome could affect future prospects, help land a new job, or simply to enjoy, rather than dread, a social occasion e.g. a family wedding. It can probably be summed up in one word – NERVES!
You’re not alone, all of our members had the same concerns when they first came to RSC. Normally we would invite you to a club meeting to see for yourself how we can help you gain the confidence to speak in public.
Unfortunately our club meetings are suspended meantime due to COVID restrictions. Instead, as a taster for you of what we do in our club, we will have a series of 4 RSC Fortnightly Mini Tutorials on this page until things get back to normal.
The Mini Tutorials will be in three sections: Preparation, Delivery Techniques and Engaging with your Audience. In the Contacts page of this website you’ll find an email address which you can use if you have any questions or comments on each tutorial. If you would like a subject included let us know.
This is our fourth Mini Tutorial - Engaging with your Audience. If you would like a copy of previous tutorials please email RSCenquiries@gmail.com
You have drafted your speech, practiced and polished it, checked out the venue, PA Systems etc etc and now the big day had arrived, you’re ready to deliver to your audience.
There are a few things to think about.
First of all, if you’re delivering a business or technical speech do you want to take questions as you go along or would you rather wait until you have finished speaking? You might want to make that clear at the very beginning of your speech.
Do you intend to have a handout, summarising the main points of your speech, for your audience? If so it might be better to distribute them when you have finished speaking, otherwise you risk the audience reading your notes rather than listening to you.
If you plan to use a visual aid, whether it’s a video or an object, remember that everyone in the room must be able to see it clearly and similarly, everyone in the room must be able to hear you clearly. So the basic rules are - head up, speak out, and slow down. Remember to pause briefly at the end of each of your main points to give your audience time to absorb what you have said.
Finally, when you approach the lectern take time to settle yourself and your notes, take a deep breath and select someone at the back of the audience to project your voice to. However, you also have to engage with all of your audience, so try to constantly scan the audience to make them all feel involved. We call this making eye contact.
You may feel there’s a lot to remember, in addition to the content of your speech. That’s where Renfrewshire Speakers Club can help. Members can use the Club as a ‘practice audience’ to help highlight and eliminate any concerns e.g. does it flow smoothly, are there any distracting habits and so on. We are a friendly, welcoming, group who will provide (if necessary) constructive comments, guidance, and generally give you the confidence to deliver an effective, memorable speech.
This website has all our contact information, why not get in touch or visit one night – what have you got to lose?