About Speechcraft

Speechcraft is a short course teaching public speaking skills, which will help to build self-confidence. Our Speechcraft courses are conducted in one of the meeting rooms at Club on East, 7 East Parade Sutherland.

Next Speechcraft Course

February - March 2020

The course and you

  • It's designed to develop public speaking skills and confidence
  • It's a friendly, positive non-threatening environment
  • Fellow students will be there for similar reasons as you
  • Fellow students will be feeling the same emotions as you
  • You can develop at your own pace
  • You will not be "graded"
  • You'll receive immediate positive and helpful feedback
  • Most assisting Toastmasters have attended Speechcraft themselves
  • You'll develop your own individual style
  • You will gain a huge boost to your self-confidence

How we run the course

  • We have conducted multiple Speechcraft courses consecutively since February 1998.
  • Speechcraft Orientation (1 hour only) is provided to help you prepare for session one.
  • Conducted on Wednesday nights for 8 consecutive weeks.
  • Sessions start 7.00pm and finish by 10.00pm.
  • Maximum 10 students each course, ideal for greatest learning.
  • Equal student participation each session (very important).
  • Receive educational presentations and demonstration speeches for the following week's project.
  • Six speaking projects during the course, plus one exercise using PowerPoint (or alternatively Research Your Topic).

Primary subjects

  • Prepared speeches - researching, preparing, rehearsing and delivering a short speech, first speech 2 to 3 minutes, the rest 3 to 5 minutes
  • Proposing a toast - learn how to deliver a Toast that is worthy, with style
  • Introducing a speaker - learn the correct way to do it
  • How to evaluate - become an effective and helpful evaluator of others
  • Impromptu speaking - dealing with the unexpected question
  • Public Speaking etiquette - know how to present yourself, as well as your presentation
Some comments from previous Speechcraft graduates

I overcame those nerves


Katelyn R

The Speechcraft course helped me overcome those common public speaking nerves and understand how to channel that energy into providing an enjoyable speaking experience. Leaving the course with a brand new skill set, great friends and a new-found outlook on public speaking.

This course transformed my confidence in many ways, even those I didn't expect.

I would encourage any one, of any speaking competence level to take this course. You won't regret it!

I have challenged myself


Angie B

I have challenged myself to jump into this part of life - "public speaking" - which I have had a fear of all my life.... even though it has been one hell of a challenge to me, I am so glad I have joined and I now have the confidence to speak at my daughter's wedding.

What a transition!!


Andy H

Week 1 - My first speech was read from prepared notes, hiding behind a lectern. Week 8 – My speech was delivered without notes, without a lectern and delivered with voice projection and animation. What a transition!!

Thank you Toastmasters, my journey has just begun!

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It's all about confidence

I have been helping with Speechcraft courses for over 10 years and I'm always amazed at how these courses transform people who have a real fear of speaking in front of people into confident and capable communicators. It is wonderful to see the students develop each week as they learn new skills - especially the ability to think on their feet in the impromptu speaking game. They have a lot of fun.

Speechcraft is not really about public speaking - it's about confidence.

The 2 things that make you confident are:

  1. Knowing what to do, and
  2. Practicing enough so it feels more familiar.

The Speechcraft program is designed to cover both of those elements. If you are thinking about doing Speechcraft - but are unsure or nervous - then I'd say just take the step. All of the other students will feel exactly as you do, but together you'll have a lot of fun and find enormous support from the Toastmasters.

Mike Smith Miranda Toastmasters Speechcraft Officer

Next Speechcraft Course

February - March 2020