Coaching in Effective Speaking


Isaac Newton said: If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. What better way to conquer your fears than to learn from others who have been on the same journey? At Powertalk you will be assigned a mentor who will assist you with practical, sensible advice and hints for improvement.

Studies show that the fear of speaking in public is rated one of the highest stress factors for most people. How does one conquer this fear? The answer is by facing it – yes, actually standing up and doing it! At POWERtalk you are given the opportunity to do this at your own pace. We have members who are keen to speak right away, and members who take longer before giving their first speech. Meetings are programmed in advance, you are given plenty of notice before being required to do an assignment and the programmer will take your level of confidence and experience into consideration when allocating assignments. Most meetings include an impromptu speaking session, but as a guest or new member, you will be asked in advance whether or not you wish to take part.

Leadership Skills and Management Training

Members are encouraged to become involved in Powertalk at all levels, thus giving them the opportunity to develop and reinforce organisational, leadership and management skills through hands-on participation.These skills are useful in all walks of life from chairing local community committees to organising National conferences with hundreds of delegates. Members learn to delegate, prioritise and manage their time effectively, thus achieving their personal and professional goals. Team work is valued, and members gain experience in meeting procedure, report writing, planning and organising functions, marketing, budgeting and giving sales presentations.

Speech and Writing Competitions

Speaking competitions are held annually at clubs, with club winners progressing to the National Level Competition which is conducted annually in conjunction with the national conference. Competition is enthusiastic and of a high quality, with members keen to receive the prestige of winning this competition.In addition to open speech contests, the Cosmopolitan Speech Contest provides an opportunity for speakers who have been schooled in languages other than English to compete at a higher level.

Writing competitions in fiction, non-fiction and poetry are held yearly and are also hotly contested. Powertalk members are often called upon to judge speech competitions throughout their local communities.

Many of the world’s most successful people have benefitted from coaching or facilitation by individuals who provide leadership, direction and the benefit of personal experience. Mentoring is encouraged at all levels in the Powertalk organisation. Mentoring is a powerful strategy for personal growth for both mentor and mentee and has significant benefits to the organisation as a whole.

Evaluation through Feedback

It’s often difficult to get honest and constructive feedback on the performance of your presentation. This is where Powertalk really shines. Evaluative feedback is an important part of our organisation and takes place at all meetings.

Evaluation is carried out in a supportive and nurturing manner and will usually contain both commendations and recommendations. The evaluator is always aware of the level of the one being evaluated and will take that into consideration when performing the evaluation. At most meetings there is a general evaluation session at the end of the meeting at which the entire evening is evaluated, including the running of the business session, thus providing continued training and education. One cannot underestimate the importance of effective evaluation in the field of training.


Powertalk members have the opportunity to work their way through an internationally recognised accreditation process consisting of 5 levels. The accreditation journey allows for personal growth and development through systematic training, encourages a high standard of performance, encourages self evaluation and provides detailed feedback to members on their individual growth.The accreditation process consists of officially recognising achievement and guaranteeing quality.