Communicate with Confidence

For me the Toastmaster experience is invaluable. Firstly, it gives me the opportunity to practise speaking and experiment with new ideas in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Secondly, it gives me the chance to learn so much from others, whatever their level of expertise. And thirdly, it means I spend time with real people who enjoy life. What better way to share this journey?
Paul, Bedford

Are you scared of speaking in public? Nervous about that Best Man speech? Worried about making presentations at work? Then you've come to the right place!

Since 2006, Bedford Speakers has been helping people in the Bedford area to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. We aim to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

How does it work?

We have a ‘learn by doing’ approach. Our members work through a programme of ten speeches designed to develop a variety of public speaking skills, and also carry out a variety of other meeting roles to practice skills such as listening and giving feedback. Each member works at their own pace – some people like to throw themselves into giving speeches straight away, while others prefer to spend some time attending meetings and carrying out smaller roles to build up their confidence.

More about membership.

Want to know more about us?

As well as browsing this site, you are welcome to come along to any of our club meetings at no charge, where you'll get the chance to meet our members and see what happens at a typical meeting. Directions on how to find us can be found here.

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So many gorgeous people in one place... πŸŽ‰ ...

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Great evening at Bedford Speakers' Humorous Speech and Table Topic Contest. πŸŽ‰πŸ—£πŸ˜‚πŸŽ‰
A huge bow and tip of the hat to our 3 fantastic Speech Contestants!! John Kendall and Elena Roxana Tudosie both drew inspiration from that endless source of hilarity: the weird and wonderful in the ones we love... some of it so sensitive that John had to swear us to secrecy...
Val Swanborough was awarded 1st place with a speech that demonstrated many skills of a seasoned speaker, entertaining us with stories about "truth" through the eyes of a child. Congratulations!πŸ‘πŸ‘

Our Table Topics Contest Chair challenged us with a question about favourite autumn memories and no less than 6(!) contestants battled it out; Elena finally claiming 1st place with an incredibly well-delivered, vividly described, passionate portrayal of childhood fun in "a pool of autumn leaves". Brilliant.
Well done to all the other contestants: Val Swanborough (2nd place), and in no particular order: James Lowden, Amanda Clark (really inspirational - as a relatively new member taking part in her first contest, hopefully the first of many!), Paul Hindess and me (3rd)!

We were honoured by the presence of our Area Director, Daniel Sandars and several Toastmasters visiting from nearby (and not so near) clubs. Great to catch up with each other and thank you for coming and serving in vital roles: Jenny Chalmers , Gordon Adams , Cecile Whidborne , Jo Glover , Jim Reynolds and Tony Stead. You're always welcome!

Thank you to Dave Minzey, our Chief Judge and Roy Manley, our Sergeant at Arms and last but absolutely not least: our Contest Chair Nasim NH who ensured the evening ran smoothly and left us with a beautiful quote: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" - Albert Camus. πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸGreat job, Nasim!

Hope to see you at our planned extra-ordinary meeting on the 29th!
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Humorous and Table Topics Contests Awards πŸŽ½πŸ…
Congratulations to our contestants!!!
🎊 #BedfordSpeakers #Toastmasters πŸŽ‰
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Dear Toasties, are you ready for coming meeting on Thursday? ;-) excited?! please remember that the briefing will be at 19:15.
Looking forward meeting you!
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Hi fellow Toasties from Bedford and surrounding area!
The fact that there will be TWO Thursdays between our meetings on 22 September and 13 October, presents us with a tempting opportunity to throw in an extra get-together, something more informal, on one of those aforementioned Thursdays.
The committee discussed this and suggested 29 September. We thought that The Park, 98 Kimbolton Rd, Bedford, MK40 2PA, could be a suitable venue to meet (19:30) and perhaps share in their variety of platters, as well as enjoy some impromptu speaking topics.
At least 10 of us would be ideal and that would mean Β£5 per person for the food. We buy our own drinks.
Guests will be, as always, warmly received, so feel free to bring people with you (they need to contribute Β£5 if they eat).
Suggestions for venues where we could meet and order take-away pizza, as an alternative to The Park, are welcome.
What say you?
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