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Speechcraft Series: Valley Town Toastmasters

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm










This is a 4-session series – February 1st, 8th, 22nd and March 1st

Registrants should commit to attending all 4 sessions for best results.

Speechcraft is a program designed to help develop public speaking skills in a friendly, non-threatening environment. During each meeting, participants will learn and practice speaking and evaluation skills and have the opportunity to learn from experienced speakers.

Each meeting will have three main components:

Table Topics
• Table Topics is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to practice impromptu thinking and speaking. Participants learn to present their thoughts in a clear, organized manner with a minimum of preparation.

Prepared Speeches
• Participants present 3 to 6 speeches based on project guidelines in a workbook. Each project is a highly compressed summary of communication principles, such as structure of a speech, vocal variety, and gestures and body language. Most of these speeches consist of 3 to 5 minute talks.

• An important part of the Speechcraft program is feedback. After each speech, an advisor or another Speechcraft participant will provide immediate feedback in the form of an evaluation with the purpose of helping participants become more effective speakers. The evaluations are not intended to be judgmental or critical but more like a friend who is merely offering potential helpful feedback.

Feb 1, 2021 12:00 PM
Feb 8, 2021 12:00 PM
Feb 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 1, 2021 12:00 PM


Walter Lehman

Walter is the immediate past president of Valley Town Toastmasters and a member since 2018.He held the positions of vice president and managing director at OMERS pension plan and wasa member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity GTA. The ability to communicate to audiences of all types has been a critical skill while managing people and giving presentations to employees, management, boards, chairing committees, and presenting at conferences.

Mark Mullins

Mark has worked in money management, funds marketing, investment counselling, development of renewable energy projects, and politics, where the ability to speak to
groups — large and small – has been very important. He has been a member of Valley Town Toastmasters since its founding in 1993, and has contributed to a number of Speechcraft courses.

About Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a non-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for tech innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2011. Innovation Factory provides business services, training and mentorship to help entrepreneurs with advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information tech, life science and social innovations to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.



February 1
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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