FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MAY I VISIT SPEAKERS GYM AS A GUEST?
Absolutely! We welcome new faces and encourage you to visit and check us out. There is no charge for you to attend a club meeting. However, if you do not join our club and wish to continue attending as a guest, there is a charge of $25 for each meeting after your initial meeting. If you are invited as a guest of one of our speakers there will never be a charge. You will not be required to speak or participate in the meeting. If you attend Creative Minds, we ask that you contribute $5. We use this to cover our costs. Refreshments are provided.
DO I HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER TO JOIN THIS CLUB?
No, you don't have to be a professional speaker to join Captivating Speakers Gym We do have professional speakers within our club but most of our members come from all walks of life and have varying levels of skill. They have joined us to improve their speaking skills because they understand how this will improve their lives. Our leadership comprises award-winning public speaking champions and speaking professionals and our job is to help you improve your speaking/presentation skills.
ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP?
There is an age limit for Captivating Speakers Gym. You may only join f you are 18 years of age or older. We may permit children to attend our meetings but with permission from the Club Director or Founder. We generally cater to an adult audience but the good news is that we also host Captivating Speakers Gym for kids aged from 8 upwards. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR MEETINGS?
We do have a dress code for our showcase meetings. The dress code is smart but not necessarily too formal. Although we don't require our male members wear a jacket and tie, we do ask that you wear long trousers or smart jeans, lace-up shoes and a smart shirt for example. Women should wear acceptable work attire. Shorts, t-shirts (unless they're Captivating branded), open shoes and other unsuitable casual-wear are not allowed. For training sessions and Creative Minds, members may wear casual clothing. We encourage you to be comfortable and wear clothing that allows for easy movement.
ARE REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED AT MEETINGS?
We generally provide coffee, tea water, and breath mints and occasionally light snacks but no other refreshments are provided at the meeting. At our CREATIVE MINDS Writing Circles, we sometimes provide refreshments and eats and ask that you contribute $5 to cover costs.
Our meetings are held at our Woodland Hills Training Facility (Captivating Academy) and there are many restaurants and food outlets nearby where you may purchase refreshments. You may bring these to the meeting if you so wish. The reason we don't provide refreshments is to keep our costs to a minimum. This may change in future, in consultation with our members.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT A MEETING?
Our club is dedicated to providing the very best in education and training because we wish to fast track our member's progress and help them to become excellent speakers. At the start of each meeting, we run an Improv exercise to warm the audience up. This serves as an icebreaker and everyone has lots of fun. This segment is followed by a live coaching segment. Speakers present a short speech (3-5 mins) that is then critiqued by our coaches. This is a valuable segment because you will learn a lot about important factors in speaking. The Coaching segment is followed by our 'Quick Wits' segment which includes plenty of audience involvement.
WILL I BE FORCED TO SPEAK?
Nobody is forced to speak although we encourage all of our members to speak at each meeting. You are given an opportunity to waive the right to speak. There are plenty of opportunities to speak at a typical meeting even if you are not on the program as a speaker. We run a segment known as "Quick Wits" where select audience members may be asked to participate. This is great for developing your extemporaneous speaking skills and helps you to think on your feet. It might seem daunting at first but in no time you will grow in confidence and become a better speaker.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR JOINING?
To see a breakdown of our costs CLICK HERE
HOW DO I JOIN?
Captivating Speakers Gym is a membership by acceptance only club. In order to join, you will need to complete an application form. Once you've submitted your application, we will advise you within 48 hours of your approval. We will send you an invoice once you've been accepted.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I JOIN?
You will join as a Bronze member and receive a handbook (PDF) which you may print or keep in digital format. This will be your guide to advancing through our program. We will assign you a team where you will be mentored. Each team is managed by a Coach who is a Gold or Platinum member. Tribes may meet once or twice per month to practice. Once you have been trained you may be given an opportunity to speak at our Showcase event or take a role such as Host, Emcee, Improv Leader, Quick Wits Facilitator, Timer and with sufficient experience, a Coach.
HOW SOON MAY I PRESENT A SPEECH?
As soon as you are ready. We recommend that you get involved in your team. Your coach will help you with your speech writing.