Speechcraft is a "crash course" in effective communication, a highly effective introduction to developing your communication and leadership skills... teaching participants the basics of public speaking in six to eight weeks. No prior experience in public speaking is necessary.
The course is conducted in a friendly supportive environment. A professional camaraderie forms between course participants and presenters during the course, all of which makes the learning process enjoyable.
There are normally between 10 to 15 participants in each course, who are taught by Tamworth Toastmasters members experienced in public speaking.
Participants each receive a Toastmasters Speechcraft Handbook which contains a number of speech projects to work through during the course.
In the early stages of the course, presenters deliver educational sessions designed to help participants to improve their confidence speaking in front of others, communication skills, presentation skills and speech preparation skills.
Speechcraft is a hands-on course, meaning that course participants learn by doing. Participants usually deliver speeches every other week of the course, receiving constructive feedback and evaluation.
Educationals cover such topics as Topic Selection, How To Prepare Your Speech, Gestures & Body Language, Voice & Vocal Variety, Presentation & Delivery Techniques, How To Evaluate Other Speakers and Meeting Procedure.
The Speechcraft handbook provides valuable reference material for participants during and after completing the course. At the end of the course, participants graduate and receive a Toastmasters International Speechcraft Course Completion Certificate.
To receive further training at the completion of a course, Speechcrafters can become members of Tamworth Toastmasters Club. Joining fees are included as part of the Speechcraft fee (with moderate club and international per capita fees to be covered by Speechcrafters).
Your investment in yourself to participate in Speechcraft is generally around the $150 mark (however costs may vary).
Tamworth Toastmasters usually conducts one Speechcraft course per annum. Demand for spaces is usually high.
For further information and/or to register for the next Speechcraft course being run by Tamworth Toastmasters, please send an email to the address below.
Speechcraft is a great way to get started in Toastmasters.
But don't put off joining up just to wait for Speechcraft! Longer term membership in Toastmasters provides many more opportunities for individuals wanting to improve their communication and leadership skills.
Speechcraft is primarily designed for those who don't have time at present to commit to membership and/or those who may not be sure they want to join.