The Aim of the ASC

The Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC) exists to help people become better speakers, better presenters and better leaders. ‘ASC’ is also an acronym for Achieve Speaking Confidence.

Origins

Since its formation in 1971, the ASC has grown into a national organisation of over 100 clubs throughout the United Kingdom.

Organisation

  • 8 Districts divided into Areas.
  • The General Council is the ruling body of the ASC. It consists of delegates from each ASC Club, Area and District. The General Council holds its AGM at the National Conference to discuss management and development.
  • The National Conference, held each year towards the end of April, is both business and social. The national finals of the Speech, Evaluation and Topics contests take place over that weekend.
  • The National Executive Committee (NEC) is the Association’s administrative body and consists of the National President, Secretary, Treasurer, Development Officer and Education Director together with other appointive officers along with each District President of each District. The NEC meets about 3 times annually.
  • Information from the NEC is passed on via Districts, Areas and Clubs to ensure well-informed, efficient and consistent administration.

Documentation

The Association has various publications to help members develop speaking skills. The most important of these is this Speakers Guide. The Guide is made available to every member when joining the Association and gives advice on how to improve one’s skills from the earliest stage through to advanced performance.

  • The first sections give general advice on how to prepare and deliver a speech.
  • Ten main assignments are detailed, each designed to improve a particular aspect of speaking.
  • The advanced section gives a further range of opportunities to hone one’s speaking skills.
  • Advice is also given on evaluation or the skill of providing helpful and constructive feedback.
  • Plus much more sound guidance.

Certificates of Achievement

  • Members are encouraged to work through the first ten assignments to the satisfaction of their Club Education Director. After successful completion of the first five assignments, an interim Certificate is awarded. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded after all ten have been completed.
  • Further certificates are aimed at more specific advanced skills.

Communication

  • Helpful publications are available to members from the Materials Officer.
  • Our national magazine, ‘The Speaker’ is published every Spring and Autumn and is free to all members. It contains Speakers Club news, views and details of events along with entertaining and instructive articles on effective speaking.
  • The website is the main online source of information for the general public and for members. It also contains electronic copies of many ASC documents which members may consult and download.