Yes, we welcome, and encourage, visitors to the group to “check us out.” To arrange for a visit, call or text us at 214-972-8046, or email email@example.com.
Guests are considered a part of the meeting along with the members, and are usually given the opportunity to answer an off-the-cuff question during the Impromptu segment of the meeting. Guests have the option to say, “I pass,” if they would rather just observe the meeting. Guests do vote after the major segments of the meeting, so should pay attention to determine who did the best job during each segment (Impromptus, Prepared Speeches, and Evaluations). Sometimes guests are offered a small role at the meeting.
Online meetings begin with a short business session where we acknowledge guests and run through any housekeeping items.
The meeting is then turned over to the day’s MC (Master of Ceremonies) who is in charge of introducing segments of the meeting and key participants.
During the first segment of the meeting, called “Impromptus,” members and guests have the opportunity to think on their feet and talk on a topic, off-the-cuff, within a 2-minute time limit. Guests have the option to pass.
Following Impromptus the prepared speeches segment begins, during which the scheduled speakers make their presentations. Most of the speakers are giving specific types of speeches to complete requirements for level promotion.
During the final major segment of the meeting, each member who gave a speech is evaluated by a fellow club member, following club guidelines for evaluation.
After each segment, club members (and guest students) cast votes for the winner of each segment – Best Impromptu, Best Speaker, and Best Evaluator. At the end of the meeting, virtual ribbons are awarded to the winners.
You can watch or skim a 23-minute “Typical Meeting” highlight video, as well as other videos, by clicking on this link
When you join, you will receive a 45-page member handbook that, among other things, describes how to do each role at a meeting. Plus, you will have the opportunity to learn by observing at the meeting. If you have questions, you can always ask the Chairperson (the adult supervisor of the club), or one of the other members. You can also get a pretty good idea about how a meeting works by watching our “Typical Meeting” highlight video at this link.
Giving a speech would be the only role at a meeting that requires substantial preparation time. Members are generally scheduled for 4-5 speeches per year, so they are usually a couple of months apart, giving anyone enough time to put together a good speech.
Some of the other roles do require a little preparation, for example, the Wordmaster chooses a Word of the Day and comes with a definition of it. The Impromptu Master prepares enough questions to ask the group. The Humorist brings some jokes. The Poet Laureate a poem. The ideal MC will reach out to speakers for introductory material before the meeting and fill in the MC’s worksheet.
That’s about it. Other than preparing speeches which can be done in small bites, there’s not a lot of homework.
Completing each Level in Speakers League (there are four), involves giving seven speeches and doing each role in the club at least once, during that Level. Some of the higher Levels (beyond Level I) have additional requirements. It usually takes 12-18 months per level, to advance, though members that tend to have speeches ready to go, and can substitute in case of a no-show, tend to advance more quickly.
Your member handbook has a section devoted to speech-writing. It gives you a worksheet to help you plan your first speech, called the “Getting to Know You” speech. There are suggestions for types of speeches to avoid, and a 5-step process we outline for how to write a great speech. You’ll also learn by observing, doing, and being-evaluated. We endeavor to videotape all speeches. These are generally made available to the member on an unlisted page on YouTube. As part of “completing” the speech, members view and complete a self-evaluation form. The Chairperson and members, Level III-and-above, may also provide a written evaluation to you.
The speeches in Level I do emphasize the development of specific presentation skills. These include using gestures, vocal variety, visual aids, and organization. The member handbook gives specific tips and guidelines for each speech. During Levels I & II, parents may assist members as they craft their speeches.
If you are ready for Speakers League, you may join even if you are younger than ten. Click here for our readiness guidelines.
You may stay in Speakers League until you graduate high school, or turn 19, whichever is later.
We get this question a lot, and we discourage viewing the clubs in an age-centric way. It’s more accurate to view them as skills-centric. Our headquarters clubs have always had kids ranging in age from about 8 to 18 and the kids are great together. Our readiness guidelines and professional format ensure a maturity level that evens the playing field between tweens and teens. The bulk of the membership has generally fallen in the 10-15 range.
Clubs vary. There is a one-time, non-refundable, $50 registration/materials fee per child when you join a Speakers League club through this website. Dues, if paid annually, range from $300. If you would prefer a month-to-month arrangement, you may opt to pay dues of $30 per month, year-round, until you withdraw from the club.
All of our dues are essentially annual. So, for example, for certain clubs you can either pay $300 per year all at once, or $360 per year in $30/month increments. There are three reasons:
Yes. Siblings receive a 10% discount on both registration and dues when joining the exact same club. Use the promo code “SIBLINGS” on your online order form. (Does not apply with other specials.)
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal for our monthly payment option. If paying annually you may use these same methods, or cash, or check.
Speakers League clubs meet twice per month between September and May, plus our optional SLAM (Speakers League Annual Meet) held online at the end of the school year.
There is no difference in experience joining in September or any other month. It is commonplace for new members to join year-round. Membership goes up and down. The best time to join is when there is an opening in the club.
No. However, if you are scheduled for a role but unable to attend, it is customary to find a replacement.
You may withdraw your child from the club at any time by notifying the club Chairperson. Payments up to that point are non-refundable. Future scheduled payments are immediately halted (unless the child attended a SLAM in May, in which case the June payment would still be due.).
If you wish to transfer from one RSR Education-run Speakers League club to another, there is a $25 fee to cover administrative costs.
If you feel that you could not otherwise participate in Speakers League without some financial assistance, we do make special arrangements for families that request it. Many of our students receive assistance. We want everyone to be able to partake of this great program! We offer partial scholarships, and they are based solely on need, not merit. To request a scholarship, we ask that the parent submit a statement in writing, or verbally, describing the reason assistance is desired, and what amount is requested. Members/parents who receive scholarship assistance may be asked to contribute volunteer time, on occasion.
The quickest way is through our online enrollment portal at this link. (If you are requesting financial aid, contact us at the email or phone number at the bottom of this page, and a different ordering method will be used.)
Once you have paid and completed our online member data form, an automated, short series of emails will start to come to you to help your child get ready for the club. A member handbook will be provided by mail or at the first meeting, and your child will be added to the club schedule which we will send a link to.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-972-8046.
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