Meetings

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 7.00pm to 9.15pm, in the Court Room in Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DB.

You can come to a few meetings as a guest free of charge. Come along and see what the club meeting is like and what we do! You will be made very welcome. If you enjoy yourself, then you can think about joining and becoming a member.

Usually, between about 15 and 25 people attend the club meetings.

Meeting format

Meetings are fun and last about 2 hours, with a 10 minute break in the middle.

The first half of a meeting consists of a Table Topics session – where participants give impromptu 1-2 minute speeches on a random topic, given to them by the Table Topics Master. The topics can be anything.

This part of the meeting is great fun and a terrific way to develop your ability to think on your feet. After practising this a few times, you will be able to speak on many topics in a very structured and fluent way at short notice.

All Table Topic participants get an instant mini-feedback session - roughly 30 seconds - about what they did well and useful pointers for improvement.

After table topics, we have about a 10 min break for refreshments and chat.

In the second half of the meeting, usually three or four members give prepared speeches and they are given constructive feedback - from their evaluators verbally and everyone else in writing - to help them improve

Each speech usually lasts for about five to seven minutes and is aimed towards improving a particular aspect of speaking, such as: vocal variety; using visual aids; body language; speech structure; etc. These are listed in the Competent Communicator Manual which people get when they join the club.

After that, the General Evaluator gives their thoughts on how the meeting was run and evaluates each Evaluator and the Table Topics session.

At the end, the club president brings the meeting to a close.