Speechcraft Courses

This page is a summary of current and upcoming Toastmasters Speechcraft Courses around New Zealand and has frequently asked questions about Speechcraft. Its intention is to put you in touch with those who run these courses.

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. If you are interested but a course has recently started, please contact the course coordinators for details of future courses, or to register your interest.


Christchurch (Rangiora)

Club: Rangiora Toastmasters

VenueMeeting room at the Rangiora Library, 141 Percival Street, Rangiora


             Please contact as below for details of courses planned for 2020.


Contact:  Nicola Green, ph 021-272-2899 or email  nicola.green87@gmail.com  or Louise Davy,  ph 0273-640-115 or email  ldavy700@gmail.com


Wellington (CBD)

Club: Capital Chatterers

Venue:  St Andrews Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Dates: Course runs on Fridays, 8 weekly sessions, 17 January 2020 to 6 March 2020, 7:00 am - 8:30 am. 

Contact: Peter Scholtens 027 5674 381, email peter.scholtens@mpi.govt.nz, or Philip Smith 027 279 7012, email birdwoodsmiths@gmail.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: MITe Speakers, South Auckland

Venue: Kolmar Sports Centre, 295 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland

Dates:  Thursdays, 1 August, 2019 - 7 November, 8 sessions, fortnightly, 6.45 pm - 8.,45 pm

Contact: Lance Clark, 021 070 1756, email lancemaxwell@xtra.co.nz or Rae Clark, 021  241 4805, email raeroberts@xtra.co.nz

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:  Mondays, 13 January 2020 - 17 February 2020, 5 weeks, 6.15-9.00 pm  (note no session on Auckland Anniversary day)

Contact: Kevin Prohl, 027 4933-186, email kevin@speechworks.co.nz

Build confidence quickly in this short course and deliver speeches that connect with your audience. Grab their attention and hold it throughout your presentation. See and learn how to use gestures,vocal variety, props and engaging techniques that will have you enjoying speaking to groups and colleagues with confidence.

This very popular course will fill up quickly, secure your spot today and email with your phone contact details or phone direct.

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 speechcraftinfo@toastmasters.org.nz 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 on this page, and fill in the "Suggest Event" on the District 72 Events Calendar or District 112 Events Calendar as appropriate.

Then forward any information flyers and registration forms to webmaster@toastmasters.org.nz 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" the Speechcraft content towards your first "Icebreaker" speech  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 speechcraftinfo@toastmasters.org.nz.

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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