South West Region

Speaker Database

Sharing speakers information across the South West u3a Region Speakers Database Excel

The following u3a speakers information is included:- Ashburton, Saltash, Salisbury, Plymouth, Plymstock, North Somerset Association, Burnham, Cheddar Valley, Chew Valley, Shepton, Wells, Weston, Bristol, Devizes, Weymouth, Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Heritage Coast, St. Austell, Ivybridge, Exmouth, Plymstock, Plympton, Kingsbridge Estuary, Honiton, West Wilts, Dickon Povey talks, Cheddar.

For a long time now there have been requests for u3as in the South West to share their speaker information. We have listened, and there is now a new process for u3as to provide and share speakers information across the South West Region.

There will be two aspects to the database; acquiring data and using it.

Acquiring Data
The speaker secretary or other nominated committee member can download a template in either Excel or Word format. Details of the talks that the u3a has had since the last submission will be added and the result emailed to the Speaker Database Contact. The information will be added to the database and the updated database uploaded in PDF format to the website. Updates will thereafter take place at intervals, probably annually at the beginning of each year.

Using the Database
When the speaker secretary is preparing their programme for the coming year they will be able to download the database in PDF format. The downloaded version will not include the contact information or comments as these will not be accessible to everyone. If there are talks which look interesting then they will email the Speakers Database Contact who will send them full details from other u3as that have already had that talk.

In Summary, the most important point is that preferably the excel spreadsheet or as a last resort word template needs completing by each individual u3a, preferably the person who organises the monthly meeting speakers. They then send it back to the Speaker Database Contact to consolidate into a database. The North Somerset Association & West Dorset network were already collecting speaker information across their u3as so one spreadsheet was sent on behalf of 8 & 4 u3as respectively. It will then be posted on the website, but without any contact or comments information. It should only contain information about speakers who are known and members have heard.

Click for Speakers Template excel, or Speakers Template word, Speakers Information process diagram ppt and Speakers Information process diagram pdf, the flow diagrams have been very much simplified.

Select the Speakers Database button on the CONTACT page to send your message or query.

There is also a free searchable database called Speakezee containing in excess of 2000 expert speakers which has been recommended by u3a National Office covering expertise in areas which include the South West.

During these rather challenging times, I thought that you might be interested in the ability to run some great webinar talks straight into the homes of your u3a members.

Do take a look at the link here: - there are lots of great talks available including my own one about my skydiving ‘career’ Falling With Style. Please pass the information on to any other groups who normally meet regularly but whose members are currently at risk of increased loneliness and isolation.

A number of lecturers have offered to provide Zoom talks, covering a wide range of topics, to u3as in our Region. Details of talks and speakers can be found in the Zoom Speakers file under the LINKS column.