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Vol 4. Autumn/Winter
IT'S a terrifying experience for most of us.
The palms are clammy, the heart beats
harder and the voice wavers as we prepare
to deliver that public address.
But Albury-Wodonga Rostrum Public
Speaking Club secretary Malcolm Ross says
that it needn't be that way as the club enters a
drive to increase its membership.
"Most of us are terrified of public speaking, it
is a common fear," he said.
"But I've become a bit of an addict --- I
thought it would be a good way of improving my
skills and getting to where I absolutely had to.
"People give speeches at weddings and
funerals --- I think just about all of us get the
opportunity at some point.
"I know most avoid that like the plague but I
think it's our duty as part of the community to be
able to speak reasonably well.
"And the challenge of delivering a speech on a
subject you haven't selected is a really intriguing
one and it's a great skill to make use of."
Mr Ross said the purpose of the club was to
help people improve their skills in all facets of
public speaking as well as conducting formal
And the best way of doing that is by
"At each meeting we'll have what's called an
ice-breaker where everyone around the table
speaks for one minute on a subject chosen by
the chair," Mr Ross said.
"When I started it was just so scary I started
avoiding it but eventually you have to jump in
and have a go and actually it's great fun."
Members then follow a roster, taking it in turns
to speak from one minute to eight minutes.
"It's practising different lengths of engagement
as a public speaker... under the eyes of
very supportive colleagues and experienced
members who give constructive criticism of
what can be done," Mr Ross said.
"Sometimes there might also be a tutorial
by one of the experienced speakers on some
aspect of public speaking, which might be
a segment about breathing, preparation or
Mr Ross said the club welcomed members
interested in finding out more about the club and
its work, such as adjudicating school speaking
and debating competitions.
"We have about a dozen members but we
really do need more," he said.
"In the past there has been up to 20 or 30
members and it really would be nice to have a
really good membership."
The club meets at the Commercial Club,
Albury on the first and third Thursday of the
month between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
Membership is $75 a year plus $2 per
Overcome the fear
A local public speaking
club could be just the
place to sharpen your
Everyone has a voice:
Public Speaking Club
secretary, Malcolm Ross,
is hoping more members
will join the club.
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