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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.

Sunday, 11th February 2018, 08:00 am

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.

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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.

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.