This page lists upcoming Toastmasters Speechcraft Courses around New Zealand and has frequently asked questions about Speechcraft.
Short Course Introduction to Public Speaking
Speechcraft courses are aimed at training and improving your public speaking skills in a short amount of time. A typical Speechcraft course runs for 5-8 sessions, is limited to around 10 participants, and is a cut-down version of the Toastmasters Competent Communication programme.
While the course does not offer the full benefits of the Toastmasters programme, you will sharpen your Public Speaking and Communication skills in ways you never thought possible. Many Speechcrafters join a Toastmasters club on completion of the course to continue their Toastmasters journey.
Speechcraft Course Schedule
This schedule lists upcoming Speechcraft Courses in New Zealand.
Club: Christchurch Speechcraft Club
Venue: St Gregory's Church Parish Centre, 30 Cotswold Avenue, Bishopdale.
Dates: Monday, 11th February, 2019 - 1st April 2019, 8 weekly sessions, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Please contact as below for details of other courses planned for 2019.
Contact: Maria Gear, ph 021-197-8885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Gourdie, email email@example.com, ph 021 598 258
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Club: Rangiora Toastmasters
Venue: Meeting room at the Rangiora Library, 141 Percival Street, Rangiora
Please contact as below for details of courses planned for 2019.
Contact: Nicola Green, ph 021-272-2899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Louise Davy, ph 0273-640-115 or email email@example.com
Club: Capital Chatterers
Venue: St Andrews Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Dates: Friday, 18th January, 2019 - 8th March 2019, 8 weekly sessions, 7:00 am - 8:30 am.
Contact: Peter Scholtens 027 5674 381, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Philip Smith 027 279 7012, email email@example.com
Additional information: A light breakfast will be provided, parking is available on the street. Limited to ten participants. Please download our registration form.
Club: Wellington Professional
Venue: Common Room, Level 2 St Andrews on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace Wellington
Dates: Tuesday to be confirmed, 6 weekly sessions, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Contact: Stephen Preston 021 203 4545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download our registration form in PDF or MS Word format.
Additional information: Further courses may be held later in the year; contact the above for enquiries about dates
Club: Speechcraft Club
Venue: Kohia Teachers Centre, Education Faculty, University of Auckland, 76 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland
Dates: Thursday 9th May, 2019 - 27th June, 8 weekly sessions, 6:40 pm - 9:15 pm.
Contact: email email@example.com for more information.
Club: Te Papa Communicators, South Auckland
Venue: Sunshine Community Centre, 30 Hilltop Road, Flat Bush
Dates: Thursdays, 21 March, 2019 - 27 June, 8 weeks, fortnightly, 7.00 pm -9.00 pm
Contact: Lance Clark, 021 070 1756, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Rae Clark, 021 241 4805, email email@example.com
Additional information: Please email for a registration form and more information.
Club: Three Kings Toastmasters Club
Venue: Mt Albert Primary School, Sainsbury Road, Morningside, Mt Albert, Auckland
Dates: 29 April 2019 - 27 May 2019, 5 weeks, 6.15-9.00 pm
Contact: Kevin Prohl, 027 4933-186, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This exciting fun Boot-Camp style short course is designed to have you up and speaking with confidence when speaking in front of an audience. Ideal for corporate personnel and those who wish to share their story with others. See how to create engaging speeches and interesting presentations that will have your audiences excited at hearing you speak.
This very popular course will fill up quickly so call today.
When emailing please include your contact phone number.
Coordinator is a Four time New Zealand Toastmaster of the Year and has a proven track record.
If there are no Speechcraft courses starting in your area and you are interested in organising or participating in a Speechcraft course, please contact email@example.com with your name, contact details (including town or city) and any other information which might help us help you. We will be back in touch with you. Thank you for your interest.
Speechcraft Course Coordinators: Please complete our Online Speechcraft Notification Form to have your next Speechcraft course listed in the schedule, and fill in the "Suggest Event" on our Events Calendar.
Then forward any information flyers and registration forms to firstname.lastname@example.org for linking on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions about Speechcraft
What is a Speechcraft course?
A Speechcraft course is a short practical course in public speaking for the novice speaker. You'll be joining several other people who want to learn the basics of public speaking quickly in a supportive, friendly environment.
Everyone is involved in all the activities each session. You'll make new friends, learn new things, and have a lot of fun! It's a great way to start your public speaking career!
How will I benefit from a Speechcraft course?
A Speechcraft course will help you to:
- Gain confidence in public speaking
- Develop your communication and language skills
- Learn to think quickly and clearly
- Become an effective listener
- Use body language and visual aids
- Advance your social skills
- Improve your job or promotion prospects
How are Speechcraft courses run?
Speechcraft Courses are organised and run by Toastmasters Clubs. Each club may run the Speechcraft course slightly differently depending on the type of club, their meeting times, availability of venues etc. Some clubs run the course on separate nights from their normal club meetings, while others run the course in conjunction with their regular meetings. Regardless, every Speechcraft Course is run by experienced Toastmasters who will bring out skills in you that you didn't think you had.
What does a Speechcraft course cost?
Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. The cost of a Speechcraft Course depends on the organising Club: their venue hire, overhead, materials, et cetera. You will be surprised how little a Speechcraft Course costs compared to other professional development courses. Please contact the organising Club for details.
What will I have to do?
During this practical course, you'll prepare and deliver several speeches. These are 4 to 6 minutes long on a subject of your choice. You'll also participate in impromptu speaking sessions (known as "Table Topics") and you'll learn how to evaluate other speakers using the criteria in the Speechcraft manual. Experienced Toastmasters will also deliver "educationals", where you'll learn how to prepare your speech, hear tips on delivery techniques, and find out how to evaluate other speakers.
What manuals will I receive?
When you begin the Speechcraft course, you'll be given your own personal Toastmasters Speechcraft manual. This manual sets out the speech projects (or assignments) you'll complete during the course. Each project has set objectives, notes on to how to prepare your speech and an evaluation guide for your evaluator.
For example, you will deliver an icebreaker speech, where you introduce yourself to your fellow Speechcrafters. Other projects include using your voice effectively, using props or body language, speaking with sincerity about a topic, using correct and concise word choice, and organising your speech into a specific format. Each project will challenge you, and the valuable information in the Speechcraft manual will help you prepare your speeches.
Where can I get help if I need it?
Every Speechcrafter is assigned a mentor. Mentors are experienced Toastmasters who are available for advice, help and support during the course. The Speechcraft coordinator is always available for help as well.
What happens at the end of the course?
At the end of the course, you'll "graduate", and receive a Toastmasters International Speechcraft Course Completion Certificate. Most Clubs organise a special graduation night, other Clubs might take a different approach. But regardless, you have completed your Speechcraft Course! Congratulations! You will find that you have become a better speaker than you thought possible!
You can then take up the option to join a Toastmasters club – either the one that ran your course, or another one more convenient for you. You will even be able to "credit" 3-4 of the speeches you completed on the Speechcraft course towards the first introductory speech manual you will be given to complete when you join the Toastmasters club.
Speechcraft is a short course only, and it is not possible to learn everything in just a few weeks. To get the most benefit from the Toastmasters programme, it is likely to be in your best interests to join a Toastmasters Club, so that you can continue your learning by participating in the full Toastmasters Communication and Leadership programme.
Can Speechcraft courses be run for companies or other organisations?
Yes, a Speechcraft Course can be delivered to your organisation. To find out how, please send your details, including the town or city where the course is to be run, to email@example.com.
Here's what past Speechcrafters have said about the Speechcraft course:
- I have found the course excellent. Within a couple of weeks, I looked forward to Speechcraft nights and felt exhilarated after the meeting. The meetings were more "fun" than I expected and not as stressful as I anticipated.
- I gained skills in planning my presentation, talking to points, rather than reading my speech, overall confidence, receiving feedback and doing an evaluation.
- I found the course very educational and rewarding. I gained a great deal, and feel the time was very well spent.
- It was fantastic! I really felt that I became more confident with each speech I gave, and that I was totally supported by the Toastmasters running the course.
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