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A member of Berwick Probus Club, Fred Haigh told his colleagues about an organisation that has given him years of enjoyment.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 11 February, 2018, 08:00

He was with the clubs of Fort William, Bathgate, Newcastle and Tyneside as part of the Association Of Speakers International, set-up to instruct people in the art of public speaking. It originated in the United States and went independent in 1971.

Admitting that he was “scared to death” when he first joined, he explained the roles of speaker, evaluator and chairman. Members selected their own topics. The association works from a manual, which has a list of parameters. The speakers created a friendly environment.

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He advised that the speed at which a speech was delivered was important, and so was the use of vocabulary. He felt it was a shame that there were not more clubs.

Chairman Michael Wright revealed that he had been a member in Stirling when he worked there.