- About UsEarly Bird Speakers is one of only four pre-breakfast Toastmasters clubs in London. By meeting early we avoid disrupting your working day or intruding on your evening. Our Club Mission To provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment to foster self-confidence and personal growth where every member can develop communication and leadership skills. Our Club Values Quality – Reflected in Tightly Scheduled Meetings; Professionalism in Preparation and Delivery of Speeches; Members’ Learning Experience. Support – Evaluations of Members’ Speeches and Roles – Providing Encouragement in a Favourable Atmosphere. Personal Growth – Members Participate; Take Risks; Experiment in Speaking and Leadership. Passion – Infectious Enthusiasm to Learn; Self-Development while Having…
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I thouroughly enjoyed it, i learnt alot and was impressed by the warmth and the speeches. – "NJ"
Great venue, great people, great meeting! EBS never disappoints! – "MS"
I am pleased to have found aforum where people are so interested in pushing their comfort zone. – "G"
Inspiring, slick timing, great! – "FGS"
To think on the spot is difficult, but strangely exhilerating! – "WK"
Once again some useful learning points and interesting speeches! – "KD"
A wonderfully emotional and scary meeting with many a lingusitical fantasitical delight. Thank you very much! – "DS"
Really enjoyed myself, a diverse range of topics, discussed and people from different backgrounds present. – "MK"
Great!, Great!, Great!! You Guys Rock! – "JA"
This group is super friendly and welcoming, love having breakfast afterwards, it makes a huge difference. A developing experience to be around so many inspiring speakers! – "SH"
Really fun way to start the day whislt learning and meeting really welcoming people – "JS"
Toastmasters is fantastic, I would love to come back and see if I can present as all the others. It would be a fab challenge. – "EL"
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BY BIANCA TAIT
One of the most nerve wracking experience of my life was giving my Ice Breaker speech “The Little Secret”.
I may appear to you all to be quite an extrovert but it is quite another thing (as many of you know) getting up in front of 50 people and delivering a speech for the first time, quite apart from the fact that my speech was a very revealing one about my life and my family. I may deliver it again one day – who knows.
I took forever and a day deciding when I was ever going to be ready to present it to the audience. I received an awful lot of gentle encouragement and chivvying along from Roger Harding who was President at the time and other delightful members but I stalled it for as long as I possibly could and drove them into a frustrated frenzy. I put weeks and weeks of preparation into this speech and rehearsed in front of my friends, in front of Dele, my mentor and in front of a video on my Mac. I just could not get it perfect, or so it seemed to me.
On the day of delivery I felt sick to my stomach with nerves, I hardly slept a wink the night before, I almost copped out of coming to the club but I knew that facing everyone after not turning up was not an option. I asked myself “what would a brave woman do?” I can still remember shaking in my seat that morning, my mouth was completely dry… I could not really put my mind on anything that was gong on in that meeting room, it was all about me and how sick I felt.
How time passes, that was more than 6 years ago and a lot of water has passed under the proverbial Early Birds bridge since. I no longer feel this level of anxiety and dread, yes I do still get some palpitations and tenseness before and during a speech but it is nothing like that very first speech which will stay in my mind forever. I suppose it must be the same, as with all things new, the first time one drives a car without L Plates or dives from a high diving board. The nerves do go, the feeling does pass and everyone in the audience is willing you on and supporting you to succeed. I learned that giving a speech is not really all about me, it is an awful lot about my audience and so when I put my attention on them and take it off me I get a terrific feeling of relief and I automatically feel lighter and more at ease.
Delivering my Ice Breaker made me a far braver woman – it is no little secret! I am so glad I joined Early Birds – this club makes me a better and much braver person!
Bianca Tait is an entrepreneur and specialises in business introductions within her network.