Public Speaking

Mark Rogers Advice 2020 Public Speaking Challenge


Mark Rogers South Lancaster Speakers Club

Mark Rogers Expert Speaker


The 2020 Public Speaking Challenge
Self-recorded at home and uploaded to YouTube and Facebook by Mark.

Mark Rogers 2020 Public Speaking Challenge in the age of COVID 19 lockdown




So what are the real reasons for giving advice?

Are they the suggestions which you give someone else 

which you hope will work for your benefit?

Or is that just limited to the less scrupulous

of the salesmen around of double glazing and cars?

But isn’t advice regarded as something that we ask for,

when we already know the answer,

but wish we didn’t?

What about undeniably good advice, 

should we take it?

Like, do something wonderful,

people may imitate you?

Or find out what you don’t do well, 

then don’t do it?

Or nothing risqué, nothing gained?

Maybe like a good speaker, 

should one always try to be sincere, 

even if you don’t always mean it.

But always use tasteful words. 

You may have to eat them.

Should we take heed 

from those that speak quickly 

and always leave things to the last minute. 

Because that way it will only take a minute.

Thankfully there are no horrid, bigoted and generalised 


sexist clichés for me to quote here,

other than: “if you give a woman a minute,

then she will always take three.

But as Oscar Wilde did say,

“Don’t give a woman advice, 

one should never give a woman 

anything she can’t wear in the evening.”

Did he mean, like wearing a fur coat 

for walking along Morecambe freezing promenade

by the sea and on the beach:-

Someone else has also recommended

that the best advice, they have for Morecambe

is to “keep Britain tidy”, and eat a pigeon;

Yet surely the vegan campaigners

will not approve of any politically incorrect talk 

of increased pigeon consumption, will they?

But do you believe in free speech?

Good, can I just borrow your mobile phone, then please.

Wouldn’t you agree 

that there can be some very good advice 

on the internet about health 

and there can also be some utter rubbish on it.

Indeed, there must be something rather special 

about that acupuncture. 

because you never see any sick hedgehogs or porcupines, do you?

No, certainly not all experts. Even internet advice on good food diets to lose weight seem to vary like the UK 2020 winter weekend weather.

Some days it’s the Atkins diet is best, or other times it’s green and reds, then it can be high protein and fibre, or vastly reduced salt and sugar or just simply less calories;

But what about that man in Garstang, where else, who eats six meals a day, 4 steaks, ten pounds of potatoes, a dozen hamburgers, apple pie, ice cream and lots of beer and never puts on weight.

Yet he is always the same weight, at 28 stone.

Conversely, if one is very poor, is it better to accept the advice for one to adopt a more economically priced diet.

For example, did you know that a young man in the UK is so very poor that if he doesn’t fast every Monday and Thursday, he will starve to death.

Isn’t it wonderful 

how there are such huge numbers of people in the world 

who are now using computers 

instead of the total dependence, on having to reference 

encyclopedias and educational text books, etc.

So now being able to access 

key desired information, guidance and advice 

on virtually anything in the world.

Indeed, the ASC is, of course, very much “on line”too.

But what additional advice 

could one try and give the ASC 

to increase it’s profile and membership numbers.

Could it be, to never join a bowling club if you don’t play bowls.

Similarly, do not join a tennis club if you don’t play tennis,

nor never ever belong to a Speakers Club 

if you do not write a brand new speech,

every fortnight, during a season.

Would the ASC be in an improved state,

and have more to offer as a whole,

if it was to adapt accordingly 

and turn itself into an organisation 

which is better able to accommodate 

increased numbers of teenage junior members.

Not wishing to be too ageist

but surely there are significantly high numbers

of teenagers out there

who could individually write a brand new speech or presentation

every single week of the year,

if they were encouraged

and provided with such valuable opportunities to do so.

So how would teenagers cope with the ASC?

Or should we just give them a licenced chaperone 

and a minder for their mind, body and soul.

What about further advice and suggestions

that could be given to the ASC,

for it to consider improving as a whole,

to benefit it’s members of all ages.

As a lot of UK organisations are now expanding 

and becoming global.

But look what happened when the ASC 

attempted to open up and operate in Australia,

with Dame Everidge assisting in the promotion.

As Dame Everidge did then publicly criticise the ASC when she said:


“Hello possums”. Don’t you just love it.


“Mary Whitehouse wanted to join


the international Association of Speakers Clubs.

But she found it too restrictive.

She said, I can’t talk about religion, I can’t talk about sex,


I can’t talk about myself, and I can’t talk about Brexit”.

I would now like to conclude

that as with public speaking training

and so many other interesting and worthwhile things in life,

and in overall and summarised terms,

isn’t it often abso-bally-lutely brilliant 

to seek, the best possible advice when needed.

Along with obtaining supportive, 

tip top second and third opinions

to check for consistency and authenticity. 

You can still be the final judge of it.

Take heed. Never end a speech with a piece of advice.                                   

Unless, and unlike myself, you are an expert.


Mark Rogers

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

Public speaking challenge 2020 in the age of COVID 19

The Apostrophe. The pedantic's dream.




Whilst hunkering down, in quarantine, self-isolating in the age of COVID 19, the South Lancaster Speakers Club launched a public speaking competition, open to all, to encourage participation and engagement.

Simply either record audio or video and upload to the club's Facebook page.

Diana Douglas learnt new digital skills to do this.




Diana Douglas is at home self-isolating in the time of COVID 19. Whilst hunkered down, Diana Douglas continued her passion for public speaking by rising to the South Lancaster Speakers Club 2020 Challenge and using her information technology skills, used her iPhone to record the club's first online public speaking presentation.

Viewers, let show our appreciation for this cutting edge technology being embraced by the Speakers Club,

Enjoy The Apostrophe A pedantic's guide.

Facebook page

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554


2020 Public Speaking Challenge Lancashire Speakers Club



To prevent cabin-fever in the time of COVID-19 lockdown, overcome curfew restrictions, and self-isolation here is an invitation to escape to another world.


The rationale and purpose are to stimulate you intellectually, have some fun, and to promote the enjoyment of public speaking to a broader audience.


During the week record a short uplifting speech or share written content. Let’s open this public speaking challenge up to anybody if they are interested. Contributors do not have to be a member.

Share speeches and recordings directly onto the South Lancaster Speakers Club Facebook page and website.

Contact if you need support.


1. Subjects and issues that interest you.

2. Content from the ASC’s Handbook.

3. Topical issues.


Using either FB or the comment form below on this website, to give positive and supportive feedback in the spirit of the club’s ethos.

Think about your personal development in public speaking, being active, and in making a positive contribution to society.

Are you up for the 2020 Public Speaking Challenge? Try it now!

Good luck!

Eddy Jackson


Eddy-Jackson-MBE-South Lancaster Speakers Club

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

Sue Solloway Speech and Language


Public speaking education and training at SLSC


Speech and Language

Have you ever thought what is the biggest difference between humans and the rest of the living world?

Well, many renowned psychologists support the belief that it is speech that sets us apart.

Why is speech and language different from just communication?

Speech/language comprises of 5 main components which aren't found in animal communication. These are:  

  •       Phonemes

  •       Morphemes

  •       Lexemes

  •       Syntax and

  •       Content.

Grammar and semantics also play a major role in speech. Signing is also recognised as a fully functional language having all the criteria necessary.

So it's obvious speech is a complex activity and there is much speculation around the question of whether speech actually facilitates thought.

To this end many experiments have been conducted. Perhaps one of the most notorious was when very young children were used as subjects in this infamous experiment.

It was noticed that when children were working on some difficult arithmetic puzzles they would speak very quietly to themselves to help solve the problems.



Speech and language development in children


Curare, a paralysing chemical,  was injected into their throats to prohibit this verbalisation. The result was a severe drop in correct answers.

Is that surprising? No, I don’t think so. If my throat was injected with a paralysing poison I wouldn't be able to concentrate on much either.

It is accepted by many that thought and speech are intrinsically linked. Language gives us an unique way of thinking and talking about the world.

Language is one of the main activities where we interact with the world.

So why not join us at South Lancaster Speakers Club.

Check us out on Facebook. 

Get those grey cells working. And as an added perk there's good company, lots of laughs and a real social occasion.


Sue Solloway



Developing confidence in public speaking at the South Lancaster Speakers Club


South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

Sugar the most serious addiction of the Human race



Carol Kershaw's Sugar Speech at a Lancashire Speakers Club




Do you have a sweet tooth? Blame the Greeks or more precisely, Alexander the Great-356-323BC His soldiers discovered “Honey without bees” when they had reached India.

Honey had been in existence probably since our ape ancestors came down from the trees. It had limitations in cooking which sugar did not.

At about 200BC the Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were making sweets of fruit, nuts and honey or sesame seeds.

It was the Arabs who saw the potential of sugar cane and began to cultivate it in Sicily and Spain. Sugar began to rival honey after the crusades. The name came from the Arabic Azucar, Italian Zucchero and French sucre. Blame William the Conqueror for the Norman French word becoming the English for sugar.

We learnt in school that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. The Spanish and Portuguese began to cultivate sugar cane in Cuba and the WIndies from 1523.

This was the start of sugar becoming evil.


The triangular trade and the enslavement of thousands of Africans, suffering sickness and death on the Atlantic crossing, were bought as they were more accustomed to working in extreme heat than Europeans.

The trade-in sugar and tobacco made Liverpool and Bristol wealthy.

Sugar was quickly made into sweets but they were coloured at first with lead which is poisonous. We can remember glass jars of pear drops, lemon drops, orange sweets, aniseed balls and humbugs,

Tea and coffee became popular among those who could afford it. Tea caddies included locks as tea was expensive. Wedgewood and companies in the Potteries made china tea sets with sugar bowls in china or cut glass and sugar tongs in silver.

Granulated, caster, muscovado, demerara, icing and cubes are now available.

Inadvertently the Quakers with good intent made sweetness more popular. Cocoa as a hot drink to relieve the misery and deprivation of the poor who could find cheap relief in Gin. Rowntrees, Terrys, Cadburys and Frys were all Quaker families who were usually entrepreneurs as well as philanthropists They built alcohol-free villages for their workers. But they also made chocolate bars and sweets. The oldest was in 1866: Fry's chocolate cream bars.

The sweet tooth had arrived.

Excavations of Egyptians and early skulls show teeth in good condition but they probably died young.

As a result of the prevalence of sugar in so many drinks and manufactured foods, children's teeth are decayed by 5 and obesity and type 2 diabetes lead to an early death.

If money is the root of all evil, sugar runs it a close second.




Sugar has become the most serious addiction of the Human race

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

public speaking education lancashire red is the colour



A Lancashire Speakers Club Opening Speech


Public speaking education in a Lancashire Speakers Club - David Knox's presentation 



Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.

Colour ranges from yellow-tinged Scarlet to dark red Burgundy








*RED SKY AT NIGHT – xxxx SAYING red sky @ night …..warning


Mars is red because it has a layer of rusty dust covering its entire surface! Mars has some of the largest dust storms in the galaxy, in which the red dust gets whipped into the light atmosphere surrounding the planet.




Red Letter Day - Memorable Day

Red Carpet – Preferential Treatment

Caught Red Handed – Clearly Guilty

Red Tape – Excessive Formalities in Government Process

In the Red – a Term to Describe an Economic Loss


*ROAD SIGNS – Prohibitive- no entry, no overtaking, stop


*RED CARD IN FOOTBALL – sent off.  CHELSEA FC Blue is the Colour


  • Bill Shankly chose all red strip – danger and power 25/11/1964

Mentioned earlier about red and the Rainbow

What do you find at the end of a rainbow – A POT OF GOLD



David Knox

South Lancaster Speakers Club

11th March 2020



Red is the colour speech at the South Lancaster Speakers Club

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

How to speak so that people want to listen



ASC Lancashire South Lancaster Speakers Club public speaking program
Public speaking training and education at this Lancashire Speakers Club - Contact now

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening?

Julian Treasure TED videos help you fix that. The sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.
Take time to view and digest Julian's key points. You will not be disappointed.
Can you benefit and use these tips? I can!



Here is a synopsis of Julian's tips:

1. Gossip

2. Judging
3. Negativity
4. Complaining
5. Excuses
6. Lying
7. Dogmatism
BE POSITIVE WITH HAIL - To greet or acclaim enthusiastically
H - Honestly (Be straight and clear)
A - Authenticity (Be yourself)
I - Integrity (Be your word)
L - Love (wish them well)
Use Julian's amazing vocal toolbox:
1. Register - Locate your voice at your chest to gain some weight
2. Timbre - Voices that are rich, smooth and warm
3. Prosody - Avoid monotone, a statement sounds like a question and repeat a statement
4. Pace - Get excited by saying something really quickly; Slow down to emphasize; Silent #
5. Pitch- Ex: "Where did you leave my keys?" with different pitches are different meaning
6. Volume: Excited - High Volume; Attention - Low Volume 
How useful and powerful is that? Was it useful?
Try HAIL in your next presentation.
Let me know how you got on.
Good luck.
Eddy Jackson
South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

Public Speaking Education In Lancashire SLSC Training Program


Public speaking education and training at a Lancashire Speakers Club


Public Speaking Education In Lancashire SLSC Training Program

James Douglas, the South Lancaster Speakers Club, Education Director, coordinates a diverse training program to help nurture and develop the full potential of members.

Here is a recording from one of the club's events where everyone had to read from an article of their choice. There was an incredible range of literature presented and everyone gained new insights.

Louise, as an outstanding teacher, whose proven expertise and recognition in a range of contrasting schools, shared her favourite book that has enthralled generations of pupils.



Check out the South Lancaster Speakers Club Facebook page now.

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

How can you effectively communicate with audiences




How can you effectively communicate with audiences?

Is your presentation, media, or speech in tune with the needs of your audience?

Think about the power of social and emotional intelligence.

Appreciation, understanding, and sensitivity can unlock the key to success.

Try it now. It works

Eddy Jackson, a South Lancaster Speakers Club member shows how to successfully engage audiences and viewer with his latest blog post.

Check it now!



Resilience Emotional Wellbeing

Engage viewers with emotional and social intelligence

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554

John Entwistle HS2 Speech For The Clubs Evaluation Training


John Entwistle Lancaster Speakers Club



John delivered an excellent synopsis and a strong presentation with little to improve. Could he make it any better? No, I don't think so.

His succinct title and introduction quickly established a framework that mapped out the speeches development. The HS2 speech was topical, informative, and delivered with conviction.

The South Lancaster Speakers members gave feedback and the Education Director fed back on the objectives of this evaluation session. Check out the Chairpersons minutes on the club's Facebook page.




HS2                  WHAT CAN WE DO WITH £100 BILLION

                            100,000,000,000   = 11 zeros

Suggested by Labour in 2009                 approved by Conservative in Feb 2020

Opening in 2030 ???

Stage 1                      HS2A              London Euston to Birmingham and Crewe

Stage 2                      HS”B               Brm to Leeds    + Crewe to M/c & Liverpool

                                    Linked in with Northen Powehouse Rail network

                                = High Speed North    – Liverpool – Leeds


Green                        Reduce intercity car and Air transport – less emissions

Business                    Will bring more business to BRM; M/c & Leeds

                                    More business hubs based on cities – draw in locals


                                    More intercity business in the North ( if northern rail )

Capacity                    Less overcrowding

                                    More trains on existing networks for commuters etc

Re Balance the Economy

                                    Generate more jobs and wealth in the North


GREEN                       Green party against it / faster trains use more energy

                                                            Should focus on local connections

                                    Environment – destroy 40 & damage 6) Ancient woodlands

                                    Restrict access to much open country

BUSINESS                  Euston is quietest of London Terminals

                                    No demand for more Intercity travel to London

                                    More demand for better commuter / local services

Rebalance the Economy

                                    Will suck businesses to London

                                    Will suck business activity to Cities with HS2 connections

                                    Will reduce business activity in smaller towns

                                    Need to Build and Invest in the North if we want to uplift

                                    the North – Why spend the money in the South

Crossrail 1 = 18 Billion – ready in 2021

Crossrail 2 = 41 Billion – 2023 –> 2038                        60 Billion for London

107 Billion = £1,500 per person in UK  pop is 67 Million

= £ 70 per person per year over 20 years

= £ 50 per person per year over 30 years

PROFIT – none


Green                        More traffic on roads / expansion of Motorways

                                    More traffic = more pollution

                                    Air Quality in urban areas reduced

                                    BUT ….. Electric vehicles – need to produce more electricity

Business                    Remain focused on the South East

Capacity                    More problems on the rails as we attempt to :

                                                cram in more passengers

                                                cram in more scheduled trains


Re balance the Economy

                                    No boost to the Midlands or to the North

CONCLUSIONS                     The Wrong Project /  SPEND MONEY ON NORTH

60 BILLION for Crossrail 1 + 2  - could do a great deal with that in the North


South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554