The Association of Speakers Clubs exists to improve the art of speaking in public,
and to promote, encourage and develop proficiency in the spoken word.
The ASC has its origins in Toastmasters International, an American organisation formed
by Ralph C. Smedley in 1904. The movement spread across the Atlantic in 1935, with
the first British branch being formed in Southport. Development followed quickly
throughout Scotland and England until 1971, when the British Clubs decided to form
a separate organisation, and the Association of Speakers Clubs was formed. Since
that date, ASC has grown into a national organisation of nearly 200 Clubs throughout
the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is divided into eight regions which are in turn divided into Areas.
Each Area contains between three and nine Clubs. The affairs of ASC are governed
by decisions of the General Council which meets annually to determine the management
and development strategy of the Association.
Each Region, Area and Club has its own management organisation to ensure that Clubs
and members receive information, help and the opportunity to develop expertise in
preparing speeches, gaining confidence and speaking in public to the best of the
The Speakers Guide
The association publishes a Guide to provide a framework for the educational development
of members. The guide is issued to every member upon joining the Association, and
gives advice on how to improve one’s skills in public speaking from the earliest
stage through to advanced performance.
The first sections give general advice on how to prepare and deliver a speech. Then
the ten main assignments are explained. Each is designed to improve a particular
aspect of speaking, from speech construction to the use of the voice, culminating
in the tenth assignment, when the speaker demonstrates that confidence and practical
tools of speaking have been developed sufficiently to deliver the ‘masterpiece’.
The advanced section gives a further range of opportunities, and the book concludes
with a number of invaluable sections giving practical advice on specific issues.
The book also gives advice on evaluation, or the art of providing helpful and constructive
criticisms to a speaker, which is the hallmark of all Clubs within the Association.
About the ASC
"Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening."