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In our personal and professional lives, the ability to speak a message is an important skill. In this course you will learn the strategies that established speakers use to plan and deliver talks and speeches. You will also have an opportunity to view, discuss and practise what it means to make a meaningful message.

Who should participate

This course is for anyone wanting to enhance their speaking skills, whether they want to speak up at staff meetings, pitch an idea to clients, give a speech at a family celebration or even present at a job interview. In a supportive environment we will go through the essentials of speaking in front of others.



QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


This is a 1-day course run on either a Friday or a Saturday.

Course datesTimes Registrations close
Friday 2 November 2018 8.30am-4.30pm
  • Early bird registrations: Friday 5 October 2018
  • Standard registrations: Friday 19 October 2018



  • Early-bird discounted fee: $386.10 (GST included).
  • Standard fee: $429.00 (GST included).

We won't accept registrations once the course has started.


For more information about course content, contact the Creative Industries Faculty Commercial Programs Office.

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This course will match the needs of each participant. Over two sessions, you will:

  • discuss the importance of context, purpose, speaker, audience and message in any speaking opportunity
  • view examples of speakers and identify why they are effective
  • speak short messages and receive constructive feedback.

At the end of the course you will take away a number of strategies and tactics that you can draw on next time you are required speak up either formally or informally. Whatever your speaking goal, the overall aim is to help you feel more confident in your ability to orally present a message.


Lesley Irvine

Lesley is a qualified speech teacher and journalist who has worked as a newsreader at a Brisbane radio station and a speech writer at Education Queensland. She has travelled extensively throughout Queensland conducting communication and media training sessions as well as teaching professional and speech communication in Hong Kong.

Her masters research focused on prepared oral presentations and she is currently the unit coordinator for Strategic Speech Communication at QUT.

She has been involved in private speech training since 1994 and has coached broadcasters, politicians, business leaders and students. She has also run numerous group communication workshops. Clients include Sunsuper, Dreamworld, QUT College of Excellence and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters' Council. As part of a scholarship awarded in 2004, she spent time with the head voice coach at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.