Registrations open.

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
Saturday 1 September 2018 8.30am-4.30pm
  • Early bird registrations: Saturday 4 August 2018
  • Standard registrations: Saturday 18 August 2018
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.

For all registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations open.

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.

Registration info

Registrations open.


When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

Early-bird discount

We offer a 10% early-bird discount if you register 4 weeks before the course starts.

QUT staff

If you are a QUT staff member and QUT will pay your fees, you may choose the QUT staff payment option and enter the relevant account code and authorising officer details.


Registrations close 10 working days before the start of the course.

If the course is full, please email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest. We will advise you by email if a position becomes available.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager at Continuing Professional Education. If you cancel 10 business days before the course starts, we will fully refund your fee, less the non-refundable $100 registration fee.

No registration refunds will be made within 10 business days of the course starting.

QUT Creative Industries reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances or should insufficient registrations be received to run a short course. In this event, we will advise you as soon as possible, and provide a full refund or register you for another course of equivalent value. QUT are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.