“Toastmasters make dreams happen! Dreams are achieved through good communication. I was recommended Toastmasters International by a work friend in 2012. When I first visited Berkhamsted Speakers I was not sure what to expect, as I had never visited a speaking club before. As soon as I entered the room the members were warm and welcoming. I quickly discovered that Toastmasters had a learn by doing culture. The Toastmasters International programme follows two educational pathways, Leadership and communication. While learning in both these streams, Toastmasters provides a safe environment where members can practice both these skills through performing speeches and club roles. Berkhamsted Speakers provides the warmest, most loving environment where each member is encouraged to achieve their highest potential in their professional and personal lives.” - Ray Hatten

Meet the Members

"When I was first asked if I was interested in joining Toastmasters I instantly imagined formidable and pompous gentlemen in red tuxedos toasting the queen and her realms. But my vision was far from reality, the red coat is a red herring. My inaugural visit to Berkhamsted Speakers was to the “humorous speaking contest” – an evening of amusing and weird presentations on a wide variety of subjects. I enjoyed it, I was hooked and I immediately saw the benefits so joined the following week.I’ve been public speaking for many years, since I started work as a researcher, butBerkhamsted Speakers has really helped me hone my presentation skills. My speeches are now more animated, more inspirational and more engaging with the audience. Since joining the club I have been invited to present at many more (international) conferences, and so even pay me to speak." Nigel Oseland
"I have been a member of Berkhamsted Speakers Club for almost 2 years and my friends and family are amazed how quickly I have grown into a more confident person. The members of the club are so encouraging and positive in their manner, that the journey so far has been exhilarating. The club is a gathering of like-minded people each with their own reason for wanting to develop their skills. I have learnt how to face and overcome my fears and how to communicate in a way that empowers me. I have made new friends and had lots of fun too." - Karren Hill
"I joined Toastmasters in June 2011 and have not looked back since! As a guest, the thought of attending a speaking club seemed a daunting task. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised as the members are welcoming and supportive. The attitude there is about encouraging members to improve – not to compete or feel down trodden. It’s nice that the club has people from all ages with different speaking abilities. For me, it has been an intricate part of my business, allowing to me to improve my communication skills whether I’m talking to one or fifty colleagues. It has been useful in networking too." - Craig Moss
"I joined the club in 2011 having attended a couple of 'guest evenings'. I was made to feel welcome from the outset and was encouraged by the fact that I could choose when to speak and for how long. Initially I spoke for a few seconds at a time to get used to the audience and my confidence grew over time. One of the longer serving members (Rex) gave me great advice by highlighting how it was possible to "just dip your toe in the water" or "jump in at the deep end" depending upon how you felt. Even though I now consider myself to be a competent speaker, I still get the benefit of having a more experienced mentor - this is a really positive aspect of the club's helpful manner. I also now mentor new speakers and enjoy seeing how they progress. I consider the other members to be friends as well as speaking colleagues." - Mike Hill
"I joined the club in 2011 having attended a couple of 'guest evenings'. I was made to feel welcome from the outset and was encouraged by the fact that I could choose when to speak and for how long. Initially I spoke for a few seconds at a time to get used to the audience and my confidence grew over time. One of the longer serving members (Rex) gave me great advice by highlighting how it was possible to "just dip your toe in the water" or "jump in at the deep end" depending upon how you felt. Even though I now consider myself to be a competent speaker, I still get the benefit of having a more experienced mentor - this is a really positive aspect of the club's helpful manner. I also now mentor new speakers and enjoy seeing how they progress. I consider the other members to be friends as well as speaking colleagues." - Mike Hill