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WHAT IS SPEAKERS LEAGUE?
Speakers League is a provider of curriculum materials and support to schools, organizations, companies, and individuals that want to set up public speaking clubs and workshops for young people.
WHY START A SPEAKING CLUB?
Social phobias often start with shyness in childhood or early adolescence, and progress during adolescence, according to scientific studies.
Speakers League develops:
Bypassing or conquering a fear of public speaking can position children to succeed on many levels in life. By deciding to mentor a Speakers League Club you are giving a gift not only to the kids that participate in the program, but also to their future employers, for they will be confident and poised leaders of the future.
A public speaking training club, normally only available to adults, can finally be made available for students with this easy, step-by-step program.
You won’t produce extraordinary young public speakers using books or videos. Practical, hands-on experience is where real learning happens. It’s important that the members jump in almost immediately to manage the meeting and present before the group.
With the Speakers League system, students will be rising and answering questions without preparation (we call these Impromptus), presenting prepared speeches, and presenting evaluations of their peers. They will track the times of the speakers, they will count filler-words, such as, “um,” “like,” and “you know.” They will take responsibility and stretch their abilities at every turn, and be rewarded for their effort and progress.
We’ll show you exactly how to make that happen.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A TYPICAL SPEAKERS LEAGUE CLUB MEETING?
Check out this video of highlights from a typical Speakers League meeting (featuring kids from 8 – 14).
Members help set up the meeting room. The meetings begin with a short business session presented by either the Chairperson (the adult leader of the club) or Club President (one of the students, elected by the members for a half-year term). During this period, guests are acknowledged and general announcements made. This usually lasts about five minutes.
The meeting is then turned over to this particular meeting’s “MC” (sometimes called the Master of Ceremonies), a student member of the club, who is in charge of introducing all of the segments of the meeting and key participants.
The MC begins by introducing the meeting’s Impromptu Master who runs the “Impromptu” segment of the meeting. During this segment, members and guests have the opportunity to think on their feet and provide unrehearsed answers to posed questions. Their goal is to speak for two full minutes on the subject (but not longer than 2½ minutes). Guests are usually given the option to say, “I pass.”
Following Impromptus, the MC launches the prepared-speeches segment of the meeting by introducing the first scheduled Speaker. Most of the Speakers will be giving specific types of speeches to complete requirements for Level promotion.
Following the prepared-speeches segment of the meeting, each Speaker is evaluated by a fellow Club member, following Club guidelines for evaluation.
Immediately after each major segment (Impromptus, prepared Speeches, and Evaluations), Club members cast votes for the winner of the respective segment — Best Impromptu, Best Speaker, and Best Evaluator.
While Best Evaluator votes are being tallied by the vote counter, the MC calls upon the Poet Laureate to share a poem with the group. Then the Ah Counter is called upon to give his/her report of the count of filler words (like, “um,” “like,” and “you know”) used by each member during the meeting.
Finally, at the end of the meeting, ribbons are awarded by the MC to the winners of Best Impromptu, Best Speaker, and Best Evaluator.
There are generally fourteen roles at a meeting — an MC, an Impromptu Master, four Speakers, four Evaluators, a Timekeeper, an Ah Counter, a Vote Counter and a Poet Laureate (or twelve roles, if you only have three Speakers and Evaluators per meeting). The members rotate through these roles during their membership.
Now, regardless of age or skill level, your students will have the easy-to-understand tools for managing a 60 to 90-minute meeting on their own, with light supervision provided by you, the “Chairperson.”
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WHAT SORT OF INFORMATION IS IN THE OPERATIONS MANUAL?Your downloadable Operations Manual includes information about . . .
- Your role as the Chairperson
- Starting up your Club
- Where to hold meetings
- Financial considerations and tuition options
- How many members and how often to meet
- Promoting the Club
- What to do prior to the first meeting
- Room set-up
- First Meeting Kit (including a fully-scripted plan for you to get the first meeting going)
- Conducting meetings
- Standard meeting schedule
- Scheduling roles
- Chairperson’s FAQs
- 34-page Member Handbook that includes the “How To” of each role, plus tips, terms, meeting etiquette, etc.
- All of the forms and reproducibles you’ll need for smooth-running meetings.
- Club Officer Kit – Detailed instructions and materials that you and your members will need to smoothly institute elections for club officers.
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IS IT HARD TO START A SPEAKERS LEAGUE CLUB?
It is very easy to start a Speakers League Club. It can be boiled down to three steps:
- Purchase a “Charter” (which authorizes your club).
- Download the PDFs of the Operations Manual and other materials.
- Promote your new Club, and hold your meetings.
WHAT ARE THE ACTUAL STEPS YOU RECOMMEND TO GET THE CLUB STARTED?
Here is a checklist you can follow
___ Download Manual Parts 1-4
___ Sign up for Chairpersons Email Loop and introduce yourself on it
___ View typical meeting highlight video at www.speakersleague.com/video
___ Review the Manual
___ Identify target students for your club
___ Find a location
___ Set date of first meeting, and regular meeting schedule
___ Determine tuition and tuition-collection procedure
___ Create and distribute promotional information
___ Print out and/or purchase meeting supplies (Member handbooks, timekeeper materials, printed forms, etc.)
___ Register students
We provide complete phone and email support, and your Operations Manual is a step-by-step guide for you. Whether you are a School Program, Youth Club, Tutoring Center, or homeschooling co-op, we provide all the tools and support to plan, promote, launch, and maintain your Speakers League Club.
WHAT IS A CLUB CHARTER, AND WHAT DOES IT COST?
For each Speakers League club you operate (and if you wish to offer workshops), you must possess a valid Speakers League Club Charter. A Charter is a $95 annually renewable license that gives you the right to use the Speakers League materials for one club, and to take advantage of the other benefits and support outlined. You also agree to our terms and conditions. A Speakers League Club is defined as a single group of students that meets on a regular ongoing basis and conducts Speakers League structured meetings. Workshops are defined as short-term trainings (usually 10 sessions) at which a new group of students typically enrolls for each workshop series.
SO A WORKSHOP LICENSE IS DIFFERENT FROM A CLUB CHARTER? WHAT DOES IT COST?
Yes. You must have a Club Charter ($95) to allow you to purchase a Workshop License ($49.99). Workshop materials are different from regular club materials. You do not need to purchase a license for each workshop you hold. One license authorizes all workshops held for the year. The license will renew annually for as long as you want the right to hold workshops, but it may only be purchased or renewed by valid Charter holders. You do not need to run a club to be able to run workshops, but you need to hold a club charter to run workshops.
WHAT OTHER SUPPORT/BENEFITS WILL I GET WITH A SPEAKERS LEAGUE CHARTER?
Email and Phone support
We offer complete email and phone support to Chartered Clubs. You may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1-310-528-7369, or toll free in the U.S. at 877-725-8880. Calls that are not immediately answered are generally returned within 24 hours.
HIgh Quality Supplies
Everything you need to successfully run your Speakers League club is included in your Operations Manual, and there are additional items in our online supplies store.
Club Chairperson Community
The Chairperson (i.e. the adult leader) of a Chartered club has exclusive access to our Chairpersons Membership Site and email listserv. The listserv is a private email group comprised only of Club Chairpersons (non-students) who can discuss, by email, club operational matters with other Club Chairpersons. You can ask and answer questions about club matters and share other related experiences with other Club leaders. Your Club does not need to be up-and-running to be a member of this community.
Certain documents, for example the Parent Agreement and promotional flyers, are available in semi-editable formats, to Chartered Clubs through the Club Chairperson Community, a private website. These materials are available as Word, (sometimes PowerPoint), and Pages documents.
As Speakers League grows, there will be opportunities for your Club to participate in sponsored Inter-Club events. You will receive notifications of these as they become available.
Optional club listing on our website
Our website, www.speakersleague.com has a “Find a Club” section where potential students can find a club near them. You will have the option to list your club there.
HOW MANY MEMBERS SHOULD BE IN A CLUB, AND HOW OLD SHOULD THEY BE?
There are generally fourteen roles at a meeting — an MC, an Impromptu Master, four Speakers, four evaluators, a Timekeeper, an Ah Counter, a Vote Counter and a Poet Laureate (or twelve roles, if you only have three Speakers and Evaluators per meeting) and effectively filling all the jobs is a factor of the size of your membership. The goal is to have enough people to easily schedule and fill the roles at each meeting.
When meeting twice per month (or even one time per month), you will want 12-20 members, and certainly no fewer than ten members. Weekly meetings can thrive with a membership base of 20-30 students.
As far as age goes, you will probably have the best results with kids aged 10-and-up, though serious-minded younger ones can have success, as well. We’ve seen them as young as six!
“Confident” “Articulate” “Poised” “Perceptive”
These are words that have been used to describe students as young as six that have been trained through Speakers League.
WHAT IS MY ROLE, AS THE ADULT LEADER (THE CHAIRPERSON) OF THE CLUB?
As your Club’s Chairperson, you will help launch and coach your Club by mentoring it through various stages of development.
When a Club first starts, the students will need to see how certain roles are handled, so for the first meeting, you will act as the MC and possibly conduct one, or more, of the speech evaluations. (Don’t worry, we have an entire “First Meeting Kit” to make this super-easy for you.)
The students are provided a Member Handbook that clearly outlines meeting etiquette and how to do each of the roles in the club. If you need to launch your club before distributing Member Handbooks, we have provided a fully scripted set of materials to get the first meeting rolling, allowing students to jump right into club roles. In two to three meetings, the members will be able to run the meetings from start to finish without regular input from you.
Ultimately, ensuring the meetings are run efficiently and professionally rests with the Chairperson, so you will generally be in the meeting room at all times.
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WHAT SHOULD I HAVE MEMBERS PREPARE FOR THE FIRST MEETING?
Ideally, you will be able to distribute member handbooks and assign roles prior to the first meeting. However, it is not uncommon to be uncertain about membership right up until the first day. In cases such as this, encourage members to come to the first Club meeting prepared to give their “Getting to Know You” Speech. The “Getting to Know You Speech” should be 4 – 6 minutes long, during which they’ll talk about themselves, so that the members get to know each other better. Some of the things they may consider talking about are their hobbies and interests, their family, school, pets, future plans, etc.
From those who are prepared with their “GTKY” Speech at the first meeting, you will draw names from a hat to see which members will have a chance to give their speech that day. The rest of the Speakers are put onto the schedule for upcoming meetings.
Members who are not put on the schedule to speak at the first meeting will, in most cases, be given another role, with an explanation of what to do.
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WHAT KINDS OF SPEECHES DO THE STUDENTS GIVE?
There are four Levels within the Speakers League program, each designed to take approximately a school-year to complete. To complete Level I, members must do each Club role at least once, and give the seven speeches outlined below.
1. Getting to Know You (4 – 6 minutes) The objective of this speech is to help the member feel more comfortable in public speaking situations and to let the audience know more about him/her. The skills emphasis for this speech is eye-contact.
2. Gestures (5 – 7 minutes) This speech calls on the member to work with gestures and body language to add interest and meaning to his/her speech.
3. Vocal Variety (5 – 7 minutes) The member should use volume, pitch, rate, and quality as well as appropriate pauses to reflect and add meaning and interest to his/her message. The member’s voice should reflect the thoughts he/she is presenting.
4. Visual Aids (5 – 7 minutes) The member should use visual aids to help the audience understand and remember what they hear. Popular visual aids include computer-based visuals, overhead transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, and props used for demonstration.
5. Organizing (5 – 7 minutes) The member should present a speech that is organized into a logical order or format that is clear to the audience. (The speaker should provide his/her written outline to the Chairperson and Evaluator before the speech.)
6. Speaking with Knowledge (7 minutes +/- 30 seconds) The member should research an issue or topic, write a speech, and then present that speech to the audience in a way that incorporates the skills he/she has learned thus far. To be eligible for Level advancement, the timing of this speech must fall within the specified time frame of 7-minutes plus-or-minus 30-seconds.
7. Speaker’s Choice (5 – 7 minutes) The Speaker chooses the topic, and emphasis of this speech.
WHAT TUITION FEES OR MATERIALS FEES SHOULD BE CHARGED TO THE STUDENTS?
It is entirely up to you whether you charge any tuition or materials fee. In our experience, a free program has less value in people’s minds. People are more likely to commit their time on an ongoing basis if they are financially invested, even nominally. For these reasons we recommend that you charge a tuition and/or materials fee.
Most non-school extracurricular activities for kids cost $10-$15 per hour. Depending on your location, clientele, and expenses, it is not unreasonable to charge between $5 and $25 per meeting per student. A modest tuition set-up might be $25 as a one-time-registration fee and $10 to $20 per month for two meetings per month. A more assertive tuition example would be $50 for registration and $25 – $50 per month.
There are several ways to institute the tuition/fee.
- Registration Fee and Automated Monthly Tuition Collection – This provides an ongoing source of income, and there is no need to track anniversary dates. Spreading out smaller monthly payments can be easier on cash-strapped parents than annual tuitions or fees. (We recommend that you use a system such as PayPal’s Recurring Payments and Subscription Billing service.)
- Pro-rated fee for a certain number of meetings remaining in the school year.
- Fee Each Time the Member Starts a New Level – This method is easy to track but can cause income to be sporadic if members take a long time to complete a Level.
- Annual Dues – This is a straightforward, easy-to-understand method, but it can be challenging to track each person’s anniversary or calculate pro-rated terms.
- One-Time Fee – This is the simplest method, but you will be receiving limited income in the face of ongoing expenses.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RUN A CLUB?
Expenses include . . .
- Speakers League Charter Fee – $95 per club payable annually to Speakers League.
- Room Rental – Free locations can often be found. Consider trying these possibilities:
- Corporate Meeting Room
- Fire/Police Station
- School Classroom
- Community Center
- Scout Center
- Senior Center
- Printing and Copying Costs – Forms are available to print out from your manual, or, in some cases, can be purchased through our site.
- Timekeeper Materials – A stopwatch is the main expense.
- Ribbons – You can either print out ribbons from the manual using cardstock, orpurchase woven ribbons through our site.
- Consider whether it makes sense to purchase our liability insurance coverage. Many locations where you will want to meet may ask you to provide liability insurance. Click here for more information on this coverage.
- Consider whether it makes sense to purchase our Workshop License(sometimes referred to as the Workshop Kit) which provides a downloadable kit of materials including a specific detailed manual on how to conduct workshops, dedicated workshop materials including Member Handbooks and printable ribbons.
WHAT IF I DECIDE THIS IS NOT FOR ME AFTER I’VE ALREADY PAID?
We stand behind our products 100%. If, at any time, you feel that this system was not worth every penny, or that it does not work, we will promptly refund your money for your Charter. We can offer this iron-clad refund because we know, from our own experience, that it does work! We offer the materials and support to make your Club a success.
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I think it is so important for kids to be comfortable speaking in front of a group. It's great that they have this opportunity to develop and improve on this vital skill while they are so young.
We love the Speakers League. All the kids are well organized and accepting of everyone. No snickering when someone says something weird. [The teacher] is great about guiding the group without "running" the meetings. The kids do it all. What a great experience for our kids. Hopefully they will grow up confident in front of a group instead of terrified, like most people.
Speakers League is one of the most worthwhile activities I have ever signed my daughter up for. The skills she is learning will benefit her for a lifetime.
I’m so impressed by how the format of Speakers League causes the kids to “rise to the occasion” with such professional demeanors and mutual encouragement. It’s different from any other class we’ve ever attended.
Speakers League is giving these kids a gift they will use their entire lives.
Speakers League is great training for the kids! These kids are learning to be better communicators, listeners, and future leaders.
What a wonderful leadership opportunity this has been! The professional atmosphere of the Speakers League impresses me every single time. Twice a month we are treated to a variety showcase of talent and creativity, witnessing individual growth on many levels. [The teacher] has encouraged a true atmosphere of real work and serious fun in these well-paced meetings. The best part is kids lead every one!
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My son had an amazing experience in Speakers League, and learned so much. I am so impressed with the organization and the kids involved.
Speakers league really challenges the kids to think about topics they don't usually think about. I love that they get such valuable life experience from it. The kids are excited to tackle the work it takes to prepare their speeches because they can't wait to get there -- to share what they have to say and hear what everyone else has to say too.
This club helps my shy kids to open up and gain confidence in a very friendly and fun environment.
Speakers League is a wonderful opportunity for children. Our two boys have the unique experience of creating and delivering properly-drafted speeches in a safe and nurturing environment of their peers. They are learning the benefits of good timing, projection, avoiding stutters, and even creating humor. They look forward to the meetings and are building new friendships. We highly recommend Speakers League!