Back in the dim and distant past (a year ago) before I had this job, I used to venture out once a fortnight to Stockport Ladies Speakers club, supposedly to perfect and hone my public speaking skills. The pressures of dealing with pastoral and discipline in a thriving sixth form college, on top of a near full teaching load, soon put paid to that! Over the last few months the little darlings have been preoccupied doing their exams and I have had a bit more time to myself.
The upshot is that yesterday I managed to get out to speakers’ club for the second fortnight in a row and have discovered I do need to refresh those old skills. I mentioned at work that I was speaking and had a long conversation with a colleague about things which we dread or make us anxious. I had volunteered to speak briefly on an impromptu topic and the subject, aptly enough, was fear!
I do recommend the ASC ( Association of Speakers Clubs)as a great place to develop confidence and meet friends, and possibly have a nice drink in the bar afterwards.