Training Provided by Birmingham International Speakers Club
POWERtalk Training Manual
POWERtalk has a ‘Master’ training manual which is a
comprehensive guide to speaking and presentation. It is available
for members to download free of charge from the POWERtalk National
The manual also contains many practical ‘projects’
to provide experience in a variety of different speaking situations
including the ‘leading’ of club meetings and the
‘evaluation’ of other speakers.
Other projects include:
- Speech to entertain
- Speech to persuade
- Speech using visual aids
- Book review
The projects may be completed in any order with no fixed time
period though experience suggests that around 2 years provides the
optimum level of personal development.
The project ‘specifications’ are not intended to be
mandatory and may be adapted to individual needs.
Each speaker at a meeting is generally evaluated by two members
of the club – one who will focus on content and the other on delivery.
The evaluators have prepared sheets to guide them in what to look for and
comment on. Each is asked to ensure that they deliver commendations
for what was done really well and a recommendation for at least one
thing that can be done better next time.
The whole concept is to support each other and to gain greater
understanding of speaking techniques from analysing the work of
fellow club members.
Of course, evaluations are themselves a speaking opportunity and should be delivered as a
We have introduced Learning Logs so that each member can keep track of what went well for
them and what can be done better next time, along with a reminder of what they may have actually
learned on the evening.
The training programme is regularly updated to meet changing presentation techniques.
POWERtalk Training Programme
POWERtalk offers a modular training programme. Each module
may be tailored by a club to its own specifications and needs and
takes a minimum of six months to complete. The POWERtalk programme
presents opportunities to challenge continuing members with higher
levels of training and for new members to learn the latest and the best
skills in communication.
Other Activities and Training Options
All clubs participate in the annual speech contest which progresses
though club to national level. There is also a
very popular writing contest with sections for fiction, non-fiction