Training & Accreditation Programmes
POWERtalk Training Manual
POWERtalk has a ‘Master’ training manual which is a
comprehensive guide to speaking and presentation. It is available
for members to download free of charge from the International
The manual also contains many practical ‘projects’
to provide experience in a variety of different speaking situations
including the ‘leading’ of club meetings and the
‘evaluation’ of other speakers.
Other projects include:
- Speech to entertain
- Speech to persuade
- Speech using visual aids
- book review
POWERtalk Training Manual
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 whole concept is to support each other and to gain greater
understanding of speaking techniques from analysing the work of
fellow club members
The General Evaluator provides an overall assessment of the
Of course, evaluations are themselves a speaking opportunity and should be delivered as a
The POWERtalk accreditation programme is a more formal system of
qualifications based on 5 courses leading to the award of
certificates for each level of achievement;
- Effective Communicator (EC)
- Proficient Communicator (PC)
- Skilled Communicator (SC)
- Accomplished Communicator (AC)
- Distinguished Communicator (DC)
Training and accreditation programmes are regularly updated to
meet changing presentation techniques.
POWERtalk Training Programme
The POWERtalk training programme is a modular programme.
Each module may be tailored by a club to its own specifications
and needs and takes a minimum of six months to complete.
The POWERtalk programme presents opportunities to challenge
continuing members with higher levels of training and for new members
to learn the latest and the best skills in communication.
After having completed the six months and met all the requirements,
a certificate will be awarded to the successful members and
Accreditation at Level 4 of the Accreditation Programme.
Other Activities and Training Options
All clubs participate in the annual speech contest which progresses
though club, national and international levels. There is also a
very popular writing contest with sections for fiction, non-fiction
Speech Contest Judge Certification
Club members may apply for POWERtalk Speech Contest Judge
certification once all necessary criteria are met. Candidates are
assessed at the annual Region POWERtalk Speech Contest Final.
POWERtalk Corporate Trainer
The Corporate Trainer Programme offers a pathway towards
professional training. It can be used to train on behalf of
POWERtalk or as a career option.