Speechcraft Courses

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 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. 


 

Christchurch

Club: Christchurch Speechcraft Club

Venue: South Learning Centre, 66 Colombo Street, cnr. Hunter Tce. Christchurch 

DatesMonday 28 August - 16 October 

Contact:  Maria Gear, ph 021-197-8885 or email mariagear@clear.net.nz or Phil Gourdie, email o2toff@xtra.co.nz, ph 021 598 258  

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Whitianga

Club: Whitianga Toastmasters

Venue: The Arts Centre, 20 School Rd, Whitianga

Dates: Tuesday 19 September - 21 November, 6 fortnightly sessions, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Contact:  Merle Ward 021 0241 9368 or email merleward@clear.net.nz, or Damian Percival, ph 07 866 5239, email damian@percivalconstruction.co.nz 


Auckland

Club: Speechcraft Club

Venue: Kohia Teachers Centre, Education Faculty, University of Auckland, 76 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland

Dates:   Next course dates to be advised.  Please contact us for details. 

Contact: email membership@speechcraft.org.nz for more information.


Auckland

Club: Three Kings Toastmasters Club

Venue: Mt Roskill Grammar School, Community Education, Frost Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland

Dates:  30 October - 27 November, 5 weeks, 6.30-9.00 pm

Contact: Kevin Prohl, 027 4933-186, email kevin@speechworks.co.nz, or Rachel Ford, 09 621 0041, email rachel.ford@mrgs.school.nz

This very exciting and popular course will give you the skills to manage the fear of speaking and presenting in public and to your peers. Course coordinator is a four time New Zealand Toastmaster of the year. Many people from all walks of life have done this course with outstanding results. You can too.



NOTES:

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 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 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" 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.

Remember

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 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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