Toastmasters International Speechcraft Program

In Term 3 Toastmaster International is running a 6-week course in public speaking: the ‘Speechcraft Program’. The course comprised the final component of the Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award Participants Skills section.

The program begins on Friday, July 22 and concludes with a Public Speaking Competition (details TBC).

The Speechcraft Program is free for Duke of Edinburgh Award Participants.

Students not registered in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program are welcome to attend at a cost of $20.

Please let Tim Shearer know if you are interested in attending the program.

More information regarding Toastmasters and the Speechcraft Programs can be found below. This information has been sourced from the Toastmasters International website.

 

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is a training and educational organisation which teaches its members communication, leadership, training and management skills, and builds their self confidence through public speaking. It is the largest and most successful organisation of its type in the world.

 

How long has Toastmasters been around?

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and now has more than 250,000 members in over 12,500 Clubs in over 100 countries around the world. There are around 600 Clubs in Australia, with more than 250 of them being in NSW or the ACT. As a Toastmaster you will be welcome in any of these Clubs.

 

What can Speechcraft do for you?

Speechcraft programs are short courses in public speaking that are offered by Toastmasters for people not wishing to make the full commitment to join a Club. In a Speechcraft program you will;

  • Improve your communication skills so that you are less afraid to talk in front of people.
  • Prepare a number of speeches in quick succession.
  • Find that your improved presentation skills will win you the respect and admiration of your colleagues.
  • Benefit because your participation in Speechcraft will increase your management potential.

 

How can Speechcraft meet your needs?

Speechcraft can help you because;

  • Speechcraft is a program designed for beginners in public speaking.
  • The hands-on program provides the “how-to” and the practical experience so critical to progress.
  • The Speechcraft program is cost effective as volunteers who are training to be better communicators provide the course.
  • An atmosphere of professional camaraderie makes each course a unique learning environment dedicated to personal improvement.
  • The program can be tailored to meet your personal objectives.

 

How does the Program work?

The Speechcraft program exposes each participant to a wide range of communication experiences.

  • Each participant receives a Toastmasters Speechcraft Handbook plus a range of other materials. These provide valuable reference material after the program is finished.
  • The initial prepared speeches are designed with the novice speaker in mind. You need no experience.
  • A variety of assigned short speeches help participants develop competency.
  • During each meeting a short impromptu speaking session is conducted to help participants learn to think on their feet.
  • After giving a prepared speech, each participant receives a constructive speech evaluation. This process recognises speakers for their strengths and provides valuable guidance on how future presentations may be improved.
  • Upon completion of the basic course you may continue your training at a Toastmasters Club.