At the Oxford Speakers Club, we believe that public speaking is an important skill that can benefit everyone, whether in their personal or professional lives. Our club provides a safe and supportive environment for members to practice and improve their speaking skills, and to receive feedback from fellow members.
We meet regularly to practice speaking, including giving prepared speeches and impromptu talks. Our club membership is open to anyone (over 18) who wants to improve their public speaking skills, regardless of their experience level.
If you're interested in joining our club, please feel free to attend one of our meetings as a guest to get a sense of what we do. We're always happy to welcome new members and help them develop their public speaking, communication and leadership skills
Thank you for considering the Oxford Speakers Club. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
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We know it's not easy to make a commitment to something which will cost you money and time on an ongoing basis. It is natural for you to be curious about what the club can do for you, whether you would fit in or if it's the right club for you. Therefore, we make it easy for you to make the decision.
You can email us to find how our meetings work.
We will tell you if any special events are going on that may interest you.
You can also just walk in when the meeting is being held.
Our meeting schedule is on our Meetup page
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Take part in Table Topics
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Vice President Education
Vice President Public Relations
Vice President Membership
Immediate Past President
Oxford Speakers Club member to speak at 2024 TEDxOxford
Emma Gasgoigne, Oxford
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Oxford Speakers Club is proud to announce that Tom Wells, an Oxford Speakers Club member and student at the University of Oxford, will speak at January’s TEDxOxford event held at the Oxford Town Hall on 20 January 2024.
Tom first visited Oxford Speakers Club in May 2023 and became a member in June. Since then, he’s grown in confidence. He explains more: “My journey with public speaking has been difficult. At secondary school, I was uncomfortable with talking in public. However, I overcame this initial fear by taking GCSE and A-level Drama. I used those skills to become Head Boy. I published articles with the British Stammering Association (STAMMA) discussing my experience and my confidence in public speaking took off after visiting Oxford Speakers Club.
“The Oxford Speakers Club has been an excellent opportunity to learn the essential elements of public speeches in a safe and friendly environment. As a guest, I surprised myself by winning two table topic contests – improvised speeches under two minutes – and gained the club’s recognition when I received the best speaker award for my icebreaker speech. Despite this success, the club includes all abilities and encourages everyone to get involved. If you don’t try, you will never know your ability.
“Great public speakers have used Ted Talks to share their stories and ideas – especially on technology, business, academia, psychology, and life inspiration. But as a student and as a life-long stammerer, this experience feels surreal to me as you don’t usually see something on YouTube and then do it yourself.
“Unsurprisingly, I felt passionate about the conference’s theme, ‘We are all storytellers.’ I wanted to share how I used stories to find meaning and purpose in my life and to find a way to accept my stammer as a central pillar of my identity. So, I submitted a speech outline to the Ted committee (not expecting to gain anything from it), and it turned out it was what they were looking for. The final speech will be around 14-18 minutes long – longer than a club speech – but I look forward to overcoming old fears and seeing a large crowd before me.”
President of Oxford Speakers Club, Sunny Goswami said: "If you always do what you have always done you will only get what you have always gotten. The fear of public speaking is real but so are the benefits and the only way to get through the fear is to take the first small step, then another, then another.
"The club is there to help and support you at each step. Tom is a living example of how we can surprise ourselves if we give ourselves a chance to shine while accepting the risk to fail.
"Best table topic speaker, best speaker and now TEDx Speaker, Tom did it all by facing his fear and taking the step towards his ambition. If he can do it, so can you."
For more information, please visit our website or contact us in one of the following ways
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Court Room of Oxford Town Hall
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In our meetings we often take photos and sometimes record video of table topics and speeches. If you are a guest it is possible that you may appear in some of these photographs in the background.
As guests are allowed to take part in Table Topics and can win Best Table Topic Speaker award, we might record the table topic performances and also take photos of the winners for our social media.
If you are not comfortable with your photo or video appearing on our social media, please let the Vice President of Public Relations, President or Toastmaster of the Evening know. We will exclude you from all media published.
We encourage guests to fill out our guest sign-up form which captures your email address. This is for the purpose of communicating with guests to allow them to ask any questions and provide them information about the club. We may send you reminders for one or two future meetings. We do not spam our guests and we do not sell, rent, publish or distribute the guest contact details in any way.