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Training and Accreditation Programmes 

Our Training and Accreditation programmes are under review and are currently being revised. More details of the new look programmes will come out after the Australasian Powertalk Conference held over the weekend of 4-7 May 2018.  

Each ‘Master’ training manual is a comprehensive guide to speaking and presentation.

The manual also contains 21 practical projects to provide experience in a variety of different speaking situations including the leading of club meetings and the evaluation of other speakers.

Projects include:

  • Speech to entertain
  • Speech to persuade
  • Speeches using visual aids
  • Presenting a technical talk
  • 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 normally assigned an evaluator who will provide a realistic assessment of the speech together with helpful suggestions for improvement.

The concept is to support each other and to gain greater understanding of speaking techniques from analyzing the work of fellow club members.

The General Evaluator provides an overall assessment of the meeting. 

Of course, evaluations are themselves a speaking opportunity and should be delivered as a structured speech. 


The accreditation programme (currently under review) is a more-formal system of qualifications based on 5 courses leading to the award of certificates for 3 levels of achievement;

  • Skilled Communicator (S.C.)
  • Accomplished Communicator (A.C.)
  • Distinguished Communicator (D.C.)

Training and accreditation programmes are regularly updated to meet changing presentation techniques.   


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 and poetry.