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Here is the latest commnuication from District 69 in relation to March 22 mandate of clsoing all non-essential services.


Please stay tuned for the latest decision about our future meetings from the excutive committee.

Stay healthy everyone - now is not the time to stop talking, but just temporarily to stop it face-to-face.

 CLUB-1989 Newsletters; Communicating through Corona can be found:

online HERE:

MARCH 26th

or as a downloadable PDF:

MARCH 26th





What better time than now while we self-isolate to make our way through the online Pathways curriculum?!!

While our club face-to-face meetings are evolving to meet our current isolation you can keep your learning going by reading the articles, watching the videos and writing your next presentation. Your club members are still only at the end of the phone and/or the other side of an email. You can contact ANY club member here through easy-Speak. So don't isolate commmunication, and be ready to step out and talk when the going is good!



To order your first path log on to www.toastmasters.org then 
find the login link enter either your member number or registered email
if you have forgotten your password - just reset it!
Then find the PATHWAYS link near the top and click on ASSESSMENT!


Don't forget you don't HAVE to do one of the 3 paths the assessment will recommend -
but for now while we are learning the makeup of all 10 paths - why not?

Guests and visitors are MOST welcome to come and check out our re-invigorated digs!

About Our Club


Join us at Fuelled!

Meeting Dates:    2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month

Meeting Times:    6.30pm - 8.45/9pm

Meet and greet:   from 6.15pm

Meeting Venue:   Fuelled Cafe and Bar, 28 Merivale Street, South Brisbane

Parking:  Street parking! Some Wednesday's are quiet and some are busy! PLEASE take care to note the parking restrictions. They differ from street to street. Some places are free from 5pm, some from 7pm and others not until 10pm!  

Please note that there is limited parking at the venue

Cost:    Members pay a semi annual fee that helps cover the cost of room hire and basic administration, plus a one off joining fee. Guests pay nothing! Ask our Treasurer on the night for actual joining fees.

Dinner Break:   We have a very social dinner break format at half time. Our arrangment with the venue ensures there is no obligation to purchase a meal. To order a meal simply order at the counter downstairs prior to the meeting and mention you are with TOASTMASTERS. EASY!

Southbank Toastmasters Club has been providing a mutually supportive environment for individuals to improve their public speaking skills for fifteen years.

Whether you want to

  • hone your communication skills,
  • learn how to deliver effective speeches,
  • improve your presentations,
  • build your self esteem,
  • or just meet regularly with like minded people looking to share their knowledge and experience to help others grow,

then Southbank Toastmasters Club is the place for you!

We meet twice a month and guests are always welcome.

Either show up on the night or contact us prior at sthbanktm@gmail.com.

Visit our website to find out more about Southbank Toastmasters.

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Toastmasters Promise

The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.

Club Discussion Forum
Announcement: What's your PURPOSE?
Posted: kaytd @ 18 Aug 16, 06:22


You have a message, great! But what's your intention? Your PURPOSE!

Last night at club we talked about the speech PURPOSE. Below is just a quick rundown of the slides that comprised that presentation.

General Speech Purpose

There are 4 major primary speaking purposes, but 7 if you want to look at them in finer detail. They are:

  • to inform
  • to instruct
  • to inspire
  • to motivate
  • to persuade
  • to activate / stimulate
  • to entertain

To inform

This is one of the most common forms of speeches. You are not asking anything from the audience. You are simply imparting information or making an announcement. There are no expectations. A successful 'speech to inform' will have an easy delivery style, it will be uncomplicated and presented in a manner that the audience UNDERSTANDS. So you need to know your audience!

To instruct

Slightly longer than their counterpart. Unlike a speech to inform, there IS an expectation that the audience will learn, or gain knowledge. This is NOT announcement. it is training or teaching, or showing and sharing. You are telling the audience how something will be, why it works the way it works, how it is done. Successful speeches to instruct will have opportunities within them for the audience to hear / understand / practice or apply the information presented.

To inspire

Usually, but not always, these speeches are drawn from personal experience, or stories from someone close or who you have a connection/tie with. The story is used to build a connection between the speaker and the audience and to illustrate a message of triumph over adversity. A successful inspirational speech instills hope of a better world in the mind of the audience. The speaker INVITES the audience to transcend adversity with them and accomplish a goal along with them and join them in the better world.

Inspirational speakers use emotion, sincerity, and energy to tell stories of journeys and accomplishments that an audience can relate to without having actually experienced the same adversity. A connection with the needs and aspirations of the audience is important.

To motivate

In many ways this type of speech is similar to an inspirational speech, however it isn't always based on personal hardship.The speaker attempts to pull the best out of the audience by relating the message to stories and anecdotes that DO resonate with the audience, about people/places/things THEY know. Similarly these speakers use stories, emotion, and energy to share journeys and accomplishments. A connection with the audience and the needs of the audience are critical to a motivational speech.

To persuade

Not to be confused with motivating. The purpose of a persuasive speech is to change or shift an opinion or view of the audience. There may be motivational aspects to the presentation, just as there may not be. A persuasive speech needs to have clear logic, emotion, and evidence. Without these criteria an audience may not be swayed to change their mind on a matter if they are resistant to it.

To activate/stimulate

This type of speech takes a persuasive or motivational speech t a whole new level. The purpose is to achieve an immediate response or action from the audience. Think campaign speech, or fundraising speech. The goal is to get the audience to donate money right now, or for voters to vote in a certain way. Success is determined by action or inaction!

A speakers purpose is to persuade an audience with such powerful conviction to believe so strongly in your call to action that they will act immediately. This is achieved only if the speaker also believes their message is RIGHT. The speaker must stress the point and TELL the audience what to do. An inspirational speaker only INVITES, but an activator will TELL. They need to stress what NEEDS to be done, WHY it needs to be done, what will happen when it's done, and also what will happen if it's NOT done.

Activator speakers are not afraid to use fear tactics. But all information must be delivered with conviction.

To entertain

Whilst this is my cup of tea, it's not for many speakers and is considered a very difficult purpose to have, especially when used on it's own and without a secondary supporting purpose. Inspirational speakers will use entertainment to support their message, instructional speakers will add motivational techniques to their material, persuasive speakers will use information, and entertainment can be coupled with all. But to entertain for the purpose of entertainment is hard work.

Entertaining speeches will still have some sort of message. The more successful speeches use vivid language, expressive body language, energy, stories and sincerity.

What do you want to achieve?

Effective speeches have a clear and concise message. But one message can be conveyed, and also interpreted in MANY different ways. Understanding WHAT you want the audience to walk away with after you have finished is how you determine your speeches purpose. 

In the presentation I used the example message: Southbank Club fees are going up.

Now, do I want to just inform my audience of this? Maybe I am worried increased fees will be met with resistance and apprehension, so maybe I want to deliver this message in a persuasive way. Or maybe there's a history of members not paying their fees at all, but this year I want to make sure of it so I will present a speech whose purpose is to ACTIVATE he members to pay right then and there. Or maybe everyone has been hearing this message for so long it's time to just have a good old fashioned laugh about fees in general.

Without knowing what I want to do with my message I have no direction. But worse still, my audience won't know what they are meant to do. If you don't know what to do with the message you can be guaranteed that the audience won't either.

So what's your purpose? Lock it in, and then, only use content that directly relates to it. 

Help yourself, help your audience. Know your purpose!


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