NAFAS Speakers are based in all parts of the country and give entertaining presentations on many varied subjects. Speakers add variety to your meeting, they inform, enthral, entertain, amuse, inspire, excite and captivate to give a wider and fresh slant on the Floral World. They are available for club meetings, after dinner talks and Area events. They are willing to tailor talks for special events and anniversaries. Details may be obtained from Area Speakers’ Representatives or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Simone passed her Area Speakers test in 2013, then went on to pass the National Speakers test in September 2015. Simone’s talks are illustrated for stage presentations but can also be adapted for any occasion.
“Public speaking allows me to share my interests with a wider audience”
michael bowyer, mbe, nafas national president
Michael lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire. His talk `Three Remarkable Ladies` tells the stories of Rachel Ruysch, Mary Delany and Clarice Cliff. Three artists working with paint, paper and clay, all from different eras, but inspired by flowers. In December, his talk entitled `A Country Christmas` draws inspiration from rural festivities through the ages.
Rita was christened Margurita in reference to her father’s love of dog daisies but prefers the shortened version. Rita was already a Demonstrator, Judge and Teacher when the opportunity arose to train as an Area Speaker. She has found being a qualified National Speaker a great help in her many roles within NAFAS.
Rita is a great supporter of Speakers and has welcomed the opportunity to be a member of the National Speakers Committee. She is currently undertaking training to become an Adjudicator and Instructor with a view to sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with others.
In addition to her love of floral art Rita enjoys drawing and nature.
Rita has varied titles and can readily adapt these to fit most needs within a club or social event. Rita is happy to give talks in person or virtually.
Sue found her voice through flowers, when she accidentally agreed to be chairman of her local flower club. It has taken her on a wonderful journey which she is very thankful for. She qualified as an Area Speaker in the Wessex and Jersey Area of NAFAS and then went on to pass her National test in York. Sue is also on the Kent Area list as a demonstrator, judge and teacher.
In 2015 and 2017, she was a finalist in the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC), National Speech Competition. In 2017 she was part of the successful Kent team that won the ASC’s National Team Speaking Competition.
Apart from giving presentations, Sue is committed to helping others to achieve speaking confidence through training or mentoring.
Her talks, illustrated with visual aids are ‘The Road to Chelsea’ about the RHS Spring Show, ‘Jungle Tails’ about two contrasting trips to India and ‘An Adventure in Peru’. Her other talks are, ‘Finding my Voice through Flowers’ a motivational tale of her journey from quivering wreck to national speech competitions and ‘Both Sides of the Bench’, sharing tips and anecdotes both as a competitor and floral judge. These are also suitable for after dinner talks. She can also tailor after dinner talks for special events.
Born in Yorkshire, but now living in Chelmsford, Susan is a National Speaker and Area Demonstrator. Her venture Susan-Horneinto speaking began, when she attended a taster day for speakers to improve her self-confidence and speaking as a demonstrator. The speaker’s day helped her enormously and she stepped up to the challenge, passing her Speakers Area test in 2013 and her National test in 2015. The other thing that she has discovered as a Speaker, is that she loves researching new subjects and making new visual aids to enhance her presentations.
At the Blackpool Festive Flower and Food Show she gave a taster of her talk ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’ Her other talks have the intriguing titles of ‘Is there a skeleton?’ and ‘A birds eye view.’
Elizabeth says she ‘discovered’ NAFAS late in her life. However, since she ‘discovered’ NAFAS she has embraced with enthusiasm all four disciplines. Past chairman of the National Speakers Committee. A keen gardener and plantaholic! Many of her talks involve plants and the history of their introduction to the UK and Ireland. Elizabeth was Chairman of the National Speakers’ Committee from 2013-216.
Carol joined NAFAS in 1984 and is a National Speaker, Past Chairman of the National Speakers Committee and a qualified Adjudicator and Instructor.
Returning to the Cheshire area after living for many years in the Far East her talk, ‘A More Exotic Place’, is an in depth look at Hong Kong and also at China under the reign of Mao Tse Tung. Her collection of large Eastern visual aids brings the talk to life. As a complete contrast, ‘Meadows & Memories’, which is about wild plants and conservation looks back at the Staffordshire countryside enjoyed during her early years.
Carol has spoken at the National Show and to large audiences throughout the country. She is happy to tailor After Dinner speeches to any occasion.
Brenda is Vice Chairman of the National Speakers Committee. At 11 years old she became interested in public speaking and enjoyed taking part in competitions organised by the London Co-operative Society before moving on to join her college debating society. A fascination and passion for researching social history has led to a variety of diverse but light-hearted talks. She also enjoys producing light-hearted bespoke talks for special occasions for clubs and Areas celebrating special anniversaries or events. Brenda may be available for virtual talks.
Brenda is committed to training and mentoring NAFAS members who are interested in taking up speaking or who want to gain more confidence for their roles within their own clubs and Areas.
Like so many of you, once Jo found NAFAS it filled her life. Her hobby became her vocation. She has pursued all four disciplines and was thrilled to rise to the dizzy heights of a National Speaker. She enjoys sharing her interests with others and loves the research and the chance to visit hither and yon in pursuit of more facts to add to the presentations. Jo enthralled the Assembly audience in Bath with her presentation, ‘Queen of Spades’, and says that her only problem in her maturity is keeping her memory sharp to share her thoughts with you all.
Valerie has been involved in speaking presentations from an early age. She passed City & Guilds in Public Speaking at Advanced Level and went on to design and present fashion shows for Dickens & Jones, Regent Street where she was a fabric and pattern buyer.
Valerie was Chairman of the National Speakers Committee 1996 – 98.
She was a Speaker at the World Show Glasgow 2002 and has presented several talks and workshops at NAFAS courses. She regards speaking well in public to be important at every level within our organisation.
After dinner speaking is another area she enjoys. Her role as National Chairman 2007 – 2009 gave her the opportunity to spread the word of NAFAS around the world. She has spoken in Canada, France and India and is looking forward to speaking in Oman later this year.
Her interests and themes are wide-ranging from mythology and plant material to period design but she is most inspired by anything historical which can be portrayed on stage with ‘dramatic effect’.
Katherine Kear mdpf, nafas national chairman
A NAFAS National Speaker, Demonstrator and Teacher, British Master Florist and folklorist. Katherine has been working with flowers for over 30 years. She has been a regular contributor and researcher for BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Her major literary success was the publication of ‘Flower Wisdom’ in 2000. Katherine is described as, ‘Gloucestershire’s answer to Joyce Grenfell’ and her audiences are promised artistic and refreshing presentations filled with humour and repartee. Her talks are illustrated for stage presentation but they can also be adapted for after dinner talks. All talks combine Katherine’s love of flowers, history and folklore.
Born in Worcestershire but now stunning Norfolk has welcomed Anne into their bosoms and is her home! Anne could always talk for the world and as Area Chairman, just made up the numbers on an information/training day and was well and truly hooked. Anne continued to National level in 2016 with her talk on the Cheapside Hoard and introducing ‘Jo’, the Navvy to her audiences. Anne enjoys flower related subjects as well as interesting historical topics, all peppered with fun and humour. Special anniversaries, occasions, after dinner or events make for other interesting tales tailored to suit.
TRAINING AND TESTING
Speakers are qualified at Area and National Level. Tests for Area Speakers are held regularly in all 21 Areas of NAFAS. Currently the following Areas are holding training. Please contact the relevant Area Representative for more details. If you are interested in training as an Area Speaker your Area Representative can help you find out more.
Areas also organise for the benefit of ALL members and clubs, general days of speaking and self confidence. NAFAS Speakers Instructors, listed on the National List, are willing to help in this respect.
For further details see the Area websites.
HOW TO BECOME A NAFAS SPEAKER
- Be a fully paid up member of a NAFAS Flower club
- Have completed two days of accredited training with NAFAS
- Have taken a NAFAS Speakers Mock Test
- Pass the NAFAS Area Speakers Test. Two years after qualifying as an Area Speaker you can apply to take the National Speakers Test
SPEAKERS TIPS VIDEO
The National Speakers Committee are pleased to present the following speaking Tip: