A step change in the history of ASC and our national conferences. Join us at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel 111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8NF from the 26th-28th April 2019. You can register (before 15th March 2019 for special ASC rate), look through the content of the conference weekend and find out more about your host city by going to the dedicated Edinburgh 2019 website.
We want this to be the conference that involves more people than ever before so we have all the clubs in Central District running parts of the conference, we have a Chief Steward supported by two deputies and we have created 3 new volunteer roles (including contest experience volunteers) over the course of the weekend. People from all over the ASC have already expressed a desire to be part of delivering this conference and you can too! Contact Central District President William Taylor, Chief Steward to signal your interest.
On the Friday night we will be entertained with speaking, songs, games and poems during an “Open Mic Night” hosted by Central District Vice President Eddie Taylor. If you want to release the performer inside then let us know!
Both of our Saturday seminars this year will be delivered by award winning international thought leaders. John Zimmer teaches public speaking in the Executive MBA programs at the University of Geneva, University of Lausanne and IESE in Barcelona and is a 9-time European Toastmasters Champion and TEDx Speaker. All of this experience has gone into creating the Rhetoric game and into his excellent blog – Manner of Speaking. Andy McKechnie is Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Public Speaking Champion 2006. A former member of the Scottish national freestyle ski team, national dance champion and World Fitness Experience presenter, Andy has coached over 120 Olympians, Paralympians and action adventurers, to go into schools to deliver motivational workshops. We are incredibly lucky to have access to such accomplished presenters.
On Sunday afternoon Past National President Gwyneth Millard will host a final celebration event for the lottery funded “Find Your Voice” project which has helped so many people from communities across Scotland. Featuring technique inputs from talented ASC members and speeches from people who have joined ASC clubs through “Find Your Voice” this will be a fantastic final showcase for the project.
Edinburgh 2019 will be a festival of public speaking learning and fun from start to finish with the “Speakers Marketplace”. All weekend every member can browse stalls, displays and interactive exhibits from Victoria College of Music, Scottish Poetry Library, English Speaking Union, Rhetoric Game and World Speech Day as well as access ASC materials, education, registration and the National Training Team… plus the tombola!!!
There is so much to do in Edinburgh and the conference website lists several attractions to visit while you are here. We have also arranged a nostalgic trip in a vintage double decker (courtesy of Eddie Taylor, District Vice President) across the new Queensferry Crossing that opened only in 2017. The tour will continue to Dunfermline and take in a short visit to the recently opened Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries returning via the Forth Road Bridge that was opened in 1964 and is now reserved only for buses and taxis. This bridge affords wonderful views of the Forth Rail Bridge, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. Sharron McColl will act as both conductor and guide on the afternoon trip and Mike Chapman, co-owner will be your driver. Seats are limited to the first 60 applicants so book now if you wish to travel: e-mail Eddie Taylor.
This is a time of genuine change and improvement in the ASC and Edinburgh 2019 promises to be a significant part of our ongoing conversation. We look forward to welcoming you to a conference you cannot afford to miss!