Membership Benefits

  • Membership of a professional organisation for women
  • A regular hour of fun self-development
  • A variety of interactive meeting styles, seminars, workshops and games that help develop communication skills.
  • Experience in committee roles that easily transfer to positions in social and
  • sporting clubs, business and community organisations.
  • Meetings once or twice a month for just one hour at a moderate cost – both time effective and value for money.
  • Enjoy optional workshops and weekends away in your own state and elsewhere in Australia.
  • The choice of participating in our planning and administration at group, state or national level & helping set the future direction of the organisation.

What to expect at a meeting

Groups of women meet for one hour once or twice a month. A minimum of time is spent on administration, the aim of the meetings is for members to practise prepared & impromptu speeches, participate in workshops, gain experience in chairing meetings, role-play decision-making sessions & generally to gain confidence in communicating.

Each group is tailored to the members of the group. Come as a visitor to see which group suits you.

Each group has a slightly different “personality” as the topics and emphasis on activities depends on the needs of the group members. Visitors may attend two or three meetings before deciding whether to join. On joining, new members are given a welcome package that provides information on preparing presentations and running meetings.

A different member runs the group meetings each time and others are invited to present prepared speeches. After the meetings there is often a networking and social session.

A typical meeting agenda would include

1. Opening
The person running the meeting announces the start and briefly introduces the members in attendance. She asks each visitor to introduce herself by name and perhaps why she came along.
She also explains to all present that a Penguin Club meeting is a role play environment for participants to learn about meeting procedure, chairmanship & speechmaking. After business items we move on to activities. She announces the type of meeting, formal, informal or board room style, plus any rules for the meeting.

2. Business items
This includes any apologies for absence, correspondence from the secretary, and any announcements and reports.

3. Impromptu activity/ icebreaker
The first activity is usually a quick fun activity in which everyone can participate. The person running the meeting explains the activity & states what members will learn/ gain from the activity.

4. Speaking program
One or two members will have prepared a speech, presentation or workshop on a pre-determined topic.

5. Workshop/ activity/ tutorial
A five to 10 minute interactive session where members will learn a specific skill or technique related to making a presentation, running a meeting or decision-making.

6. Decision-making activity
Role-play of a formal motion, consensus decision or discussion reaching a decision, usually on a fun topic.

7. Feedback session
An accredited critic assesses the meeting providing feedback to all participants, offering praise and encouragement together with hints for improvement.

8. Wind-up and close
This includes question time, any final business and the invitation to the next meeting.

Improve your ability to

  • Appear confident in any situation.
  • Express what you are thinking.
  • Think quickly & clearly on your feet.
  • Actively participate in team or committee meetings.
  • Give presentations that inform, entertain & persuade.
  • Run meetings effectively & democratically.

 

 

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Chairing a meeting

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Penguin Club meeting

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Members of the Sydney SpeakEasy group

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Tasmanian members enjoying a Penguin Club social funtion