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What's new? Only our biggest update ever!

  • Upgrades and Updates - Spring 2016
  • WORKSHOP LICENSE NOW INCLUDED WITH YOUR CHARTER

     

    Workshop handbook thumbnailWe're thrilled to announce that we are now including our Workshop License with all club charters! (A $50 savings per year.) 

    Workshops are a great option for introducing public speaking and meeting management skills to groups. Our revamped workshop materials are perfect for as few as 6 sessions, or as many as 16. (After that, you would convert the group to a full Speakers League club to have access to more speech types.)

    Some charter holders use workshops to recruit for their ongoing clubs. Others just run workshops and never start an ongoing club. It’s up to you!

    There's a lot of flexibility in holding workshops around the times of year that work best for you. Some teachers opt to conduct workshops during summer break. Some people do weekend or after-school workshops.

  • ENHANCED "GETTING STARTED" SECTION OF THE MANUAL


    Part 1 Getting Started thumbnail

    • Promoting the club (vastly expanded to 9-pages)
    • Additional methods of scheduling.
    • Executive Evaluations (and self-evaluations)
    • Why ribbons?
    • Info about SLAM
    and more . . .
  • MAKING THE FIRST MEETING(S) A BREEZE


    DSC_3997We suggest two pathways to launching your club.

    One pathway provides three step-by-step lesson plans that will give you and your members a gradual, fun, and stress free introduction to the roles at a club meeting, techniques for Impromptus, a plan for preparing their first speech, and a foundation in how to effectively (and constructively) evaluate another member’s speech. Under this plan the first full, standard meeting is held at the 4th session.

    The other pathway is to start with a full meeting. To do this, you will provide handbooks to members at least two weeks prior to the first meeting, have members review the meeting highlight video and protocol video, and pre-assign meeting roles, including speeches.

  • TWO NEW ROLES

     

    Wordmaster imageThe Wordmaster takes over for the Ah Counter and adds a "Word of the Day" to the meeting. The Humorist shares a few jokes with the group.

  • MEMBER HANDBOOK UPDATES AND IMPROVEMENTS


    Member Handbook III-IV thumbnailThere are now two separate, printable Member Handbooks, one for Levels I-II and a brand new one for Levels III and IV.

    Both handbooks include:
    • Improvements and enhancements in role explanations, tip, guidelines, and forms for all roles.
    • Explanation of the Humorist and Wordmaster roles.
    • A BRAND NEW speech-writing section, including speech topics to avoid, how to choose a topic, a 5-step approach to preparing a speech, and an example of using this method for writing a speech about the search for Amelia Earhart.
    • Greater visual appeal.
    There are changes in speeches included in Level II.

    The handbook for Levels III-IV also features:

    • Updated speeches and speech descriptions.
    • Images featuring older children.
    • Information on Club Mentor status.
  • CLUB OFFICER CHANGES


    Club Officers
    The Sergeant at Arms title has been replaced by "Club Manager" and you have the option to acknowledge current and past officer on name cards.


  • MEMBER TRAINING RESOURCES


    Top 10 Tips for Lectern thumbnailNew training videos go up periodically. Right now there are ones on Effective Evaluations, Tips for the Lectern, Professionalism, Club Etiquette and Protocol, plus speech examples. More training videos are in the works.

    We also have quizzes for some of these videos.


  • ANNUAL CONFERENCE


    SLAM 2016 color white bkgrdWe now have a Speakers League Annual Meet (SLAM) conference, held on the first weekend in June, to which clubs around the world are invited. See more here.


  • IMPROVED FORMS


    Evaluator form thumbnailWe've consolidated the Timekeeper form to be single-sided, and the Evaluator form still follows the 4 steps, but provides better guidelines for evaluators.
  • COMMUNICATIONS IMPROVEMENTS


    Facebook Chairpersons GroupWe've exchanged the yahoo group communication channel to a private Chairpersons Facebook page where you can share ideas and experiences, and get the latest information on headquarters news and beta testing opportunities.


  • ADDED TO THE CMS


    CMS page image

    • Scores of new photos you can download and use.
    • Improved editable club promotional flyer
    • Editable "Joining the Club" FAQ flyer
    and more . . .


  • LOTS OF OTHER LITTLE SURPRISES


    Executive Evaluation Form ThumbnailWe have lots of nice little additions to our materials, including:
    • Executive Evaluation forms (for Chairpersons), and Self-Evaluation forms (for members).
    • Meeting Evaluation Form (to help you or your Club President provide meaningful feedback).
    • Vote Counter Form (to help keep track of the votes and who won).
    • Editable checklists for club officers.
    • Editable "Joining the Club FAQ" page you can give to prospective members.
    • Guest info form (for visitors to fill out so you can contact them).



My girls have benefitted in innumerable ways from participating in Speakers League. I am grateful for their experience and for your efforts. It's such a tremendous resource for our community.

Michelle Browning, Parent