Club committee

PRESIDENT – Ann M. CC

I saw an ad on social media about a new public speaking club in Ascot. It reminded me that, while I’m known as a bit of a chatterbox socially, I’m anxious when speaking in formal situations. Within a year of joining Ascot Speakers, I represented the club at the area contest level and came third. I still get a bit nervous when I give speeches but I’ve improved my skills and confidence.

The Club President leads the committee.

NourSVP EDUCATION – Nour S. CC

Taking on a new management role within a major Teleco company in the UK, I’m continously forced into situation where I have to speak off the cuff, prepare presentations, and drive meetings and discussions.

Though I work and live in West Berkshire, visiting Ascot speakers for the 1st time was something I looked forward to; a brilliant, supportive, inclusive group, where everyone can bring their whole selves, without fear of judgement, and knowing everyone is there to support and provide constructive feedback. I walked out of that visit with determination that I want to participate, and be an active member of the club.

VP Education manages the club schedule and education programme.

 VP MEMBERSHIP – Julie H. CC

I was coaching someone on speaking skills and came along to Ascot speakers with them so they could put it into practise. I loved it and I’ve found that its helped me improve my presentation skills even more, particularly the impromptu speaking side of things. Its helped me to grow and develop and be even more creative, I’m now working through the humorous speeches which is great fun

VP Membership manages the membership information.

VP PUBLIC RELATIONS and WEBMASTER – Jacqui H. DTM

My company sent me to an image consultant to get ready for senior promotion. She suggested I join Toastmasters to improve my confidence and speaking skills. That was in 2001 and I’ve never looked back. Now, instead of being terrified to speak, I get paid to speak. How cool is that?

VPPR manages external communications and the member newsletter.

IMGP0737c-fullTREASURER – Nikita P. ACB, CL

I’d been lured to a corporate Toastmasters club fleetingly in the 1990s by a colleague when on an assignment in Texas. Twenty years later I realised that I’d regressed and decided to find a club and start again. My progress surprised me! I’d like to progress further to being a professional motivational speaker.

I joined Ascot Speakers soon after the club was founded, thoroughly enjoy the excellent, friendly and supportive company of fellow members and their commitment to attaining the highest standards.

The Treasurer manages the club finances.

SECRETARY – Karen S. ACB

I had to give presentations for work, and would literally have nightmares about doing them.  Since joining Toastmasters, I have gained in confidence, which is good news as my career now revolves around a lot of public speaking – I even now enjoy it!

The Secretary manages the minutes at committee meetings.

SERGEANT AT ARMS and WEBMASTER – Melvyn P. 

The Sergeant at Arms manages the club assets and sets out the room for our meetings.