Rochdale Rostrum

Programme 2017/18


25 September 2017

Welcome evening + introductions

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Introduction


2 October 2017

Nerves, getting the butterflies in formation

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Money


9 October 2017

Notes and Structure

Lecturer: Alan Williams

Topic: Reading an extract


16 October 2017

Microphone techniques

Lecturer: Alan Warrington

Topic: Holiday


23 October 2017

Engage the audience, add interest, gestures

Lecturer: Alan Williams

Topic: Records


30 October 2017

Stand and deliver, impress with style

Lecturer: John Wroe

Topic: Good for a laugh


6 November 2017

Introducing humour, benefits and pitfalls

Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: Unbelievable truth


13 November 2017

Practise, polish, perfect, personalise

Lecturer: Alan Calow

Topic: My philosophy of life


20 November 2017

Guest speaker – Raconteur evening

Lecturer: Keith Swift

Topic: My greatest achievement


27 November 2017

David Bruce trophy: Humorous Speech

Lecturer: Val Chadwick

Topic: Own humorous speech


4 December 2017

Christmas Dinner + Awarding of the Christmas Trophy


22 January 2018


Lecturer: Elaine Hadfield

Topic: Famous people


29 January 2018


Lecturer: Kevin Hawkins

Topic: My dream job


5 February 2018

Knowing Your Audience

Lecturer: Patricia Russell

Topic: Poetry reading


12 February 2018

Powerpoint presentation

Lecturer: Stuart Sager

Topic: Facebook


19 February 2018

After dinner speaking

Lecturer: Alan Williams

Topic: My experience with the law


26 February 2018

Pitch, pause, pace, the importance of rhythm

Lecturer: Alan Calow

Topic: Formal speeches


5 March 2018

Impromptu Speaking

Lecturer: John Wroe

Topic: TBC on the night


12 March 2018

Keith Greenhalgh Trophy

Lecturer: Val Chadwick

Topic: Impromptu Speech (title give on the night)


19 March 2018

Call my bluff

Lecturer: Ian Schofield


26 March 2018

AGM + Awarding of the Pat McKenna Trophy


Contact Information

Rochdale Rostrum Club

The Broadfield Hotel
Sparrow Hill
OL16 1AF

Tel: 01706 345446

Meeting times

Mondays 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Free Tea and Coffee Provided


Where we are

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