How it works

Phoenix Speakers is affiliated to (Toastmasters International) and we use Toastmasters’ tried and tested education programme to develop our speaking skills.

This programme helps members become more effective in several areas, including:

  • Formal presentations
  • Informal communication – speaking one-to-one or in a small group
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Managing and participating in meetings
  • Leading and managing people

At the meetings there is no formal instructor who teaches you how to speak in public. Instead we learn by doing and each meeting is made up of impromptu and prepared speeches given by our members. We also learn from each other by giving evaluations so we can learn what we did well and how we can improve.

In addition to giving speeches, at the meetings members also take on a number of different roles. The roles enable members to develop confidence when speaking in front of an audience, try different speaking styles and develop their leadership skills. They also ensure the meetings run smoothly.

On joining, you enrol on the new Pathways program by completing an online assessment to help you decide which of 10 possible paths path is right for you.

  • Where

    We meet at the Department for Transport at Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR (see map).

    Nearby underground stations are Pimlico, St. James's Park and Victoria.

    Non Member Guests

    Civil servants with a Common Access Pass or staff of public bodies working with DfT are welcome to attend. Known colleagues and friends of existing DfT staff can attend if signed in by that DfT member of staff and escorted at all times by that DfT member of staff.
  • When

    We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of each month (except for the second meeting in December, because of Christmas). Assemble in reception of Great Minister House at 18.15 to sign-in for a start at 18:30.

    Next meeting Wed 11th Dec