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Public Speaking

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Public Speaking is a skill for life!

This course includes several aspects of public speaking such as: preparing and delivering speeches; practising impromptu speaking; proposing a vote of thanks; introducing a guest; and being chairman/master of ceremonies at a function. The emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence and overcoming nervousness when faced with public speaking.

  • The last session is usually held at the Port Hunter Toastmasters Club meeting. (This will be discussed in class)

Who might be interested in this 8 week course?

  • Anyone who would like to improve public speaking skills
  • Adults wanting to add to their skills for work presentations
  • Students who would like to increase their skills for school or university presentations
  • Anyone who ever wanted more self confidence in preparing for interviews, special events, technical presentations, etc
  • People who would like to develop better skills in speaking “off the cuff” and in using conversation to negotiate or influence.

How does this course run?

  • The course runs for 8 weeks (6.30pm until 9pm on one evening per week). The course is co-ordinated by experienced members of Port Hunter Toastmasters Club. There is a set program and it aims to provide skills and ideas to enable participants to become more confident with public speaking. The lessons are all “hands on” in that participants will be able to take part in several different speaking activities each week.

How are the participants assessed or evaluated?

  • The course is aimed at letting individual participants develop at their own pace. There are no “tests” or “exams”. Participants get the chance to be actively involved every lesson and the Toastmaster Club members running the course will try to provide ideas, structures and positive feedback.

What is a Toastmasters Club?

  • Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation that aims to help its members improve their communication and leadership talents. Port Hunter Toastmasters Club is privileged to be able to work with WEA to present this public speaking course.
  • If you want to read more about Toastmasters just check out the Port Hunter Toastmasters website. (

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