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"Communication Inside Out" - address to Meals on Wheels Regional Conferences


Director Dale Rees-Bevan was guest speaker for Meals on Wheels at their Regional Conferences in Orange, Newcastle, Taree and Cobar earlier this year. Her presentation "Communication Inside Out" covered strategies for representing your organisation through good communication within the organisation and when presenting or speaking informally to the public.

Participants agreed that casual conversations were a good way to draw people in to their organisation and publicise the work that is being done by Meals on Wheels. Taking up the challenge that it is worth attempting to conquer fears of public speaking, some participants were willing to put into practice some presentation strategies and address groups about the Meals on Wheels program.





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Presentation Skills for Niu Movement

 December 2015, SpeakersBank trainer Allan Davies was invited to speak in Canberra at the ANU to board members and associates of the Niu Movement, an organisation dedicated to the empowerment of Pacific Islander communities and other minorities struggling with the transition into Australian life.

As members are called upon to deliver workshops on this content, his brief was to empower the participants to

Allan worked on a variety of presentation skills and techniques with the participants - the power of story to sell a message, note-free speaking, MC skills, personal dynamics and stage presence, persuasive speaking and of course - humour!

Allan says: "As a presentation skills trainer, I grew personally from the experience. I learnt of the profound sense of community that strengthens and guides them, honouring the fact that they are ancestors of a great people."

Allan still keeps in touch with the organisation and is delighted to report that the members continue to develop and grow their vision.

The board members wrote afterwards: 

Our board members and associates at Niu Movement are extremely grateful for having the opportunity to participate in the Presentation Skills Workshop delivered by Allan Davies recently. 

The new knowledge and techniques learned at the workshop has resulted in each member of our Board feeling more confident and prepared to deliver the range of training, seminars and presentations that we’re required to. 

Allan helped us to see the benefits to audiences and to ourselves in remaining our authentic selves in the presentation process, and has validated for us the importance of structured storytelling to engage our audiences.

We have already seen dramatic improvements to the speech-making of Board members and others from our community who participated. We look forward to the opportunity to learn more.

SpeakersBank trains International Students

On 10th December, 2008, two SpeakersBank trainers delivered Speak Up! Speak Out! workshops for a group of students from both Australia and Indonesia. The University of Western Sydney hosted a week-long leadership program, involving abseiling, obstacle courses and team-building exercises as well as the SpeakersBank public speaking program.

Picture of students from UWS program

Youth Speaker 2011

Our Youth Speaker 2011 final was held in September 2011. It was an extremely impressive competition with some fantastic speeches. Leah Nye from Tara Anglican College took first place with her speech about Type 1 Diabetes, which included a heartwarming promise that when she becomes a teacher she will ensure all protocols are in place and no child will have difficulties brought on as a result of having this condition. Alex Wood from Rouse Hill Anglican college took second place and Sophie Keen from Loreto Normanhurst came third.

For the first time, there was a formal Impromptu Speaking contest and Nicholas Newling from Normanhurst Boys' High gave a superb, articulate speech on the topic "Is Technology the friend or enemy of communication?" All students were given 2 minutes to prepare their thoughts, but were not allowed pen or paper. Leah Nye took second place and Mei Gong from McArthur Girls' High School came third. Dianne Sammut, Contest Co-ordinator for SpeakersBank Australia, said that the standard of speeches was very high and that it was obvious that the students had worked very hard to deliver such high quality presentations on the night.

All finalists were presented with a copy of Dale Beaumont's book "Secrets of Young Achievers Exposed" and the winner of the speech contest was awarded a personal trophy and $350 cash.

Youth Speaker 2014

 Cheltenham Girls took all the awards in the Youth Speaker of the Year contest 2014.

Lily Culbertson won both the Speech and the Impromptu categories. The Impromptu contest question was "The greatest challenge teenagers face today is..." and Lily declared it was Public Speaking. Sophie Szecsodi came second in the Impromptu contest.

Lily's prepared speech "A Comfy Bed" highlighted the disparity between her own comfortable life and those who do not have caring parents and loving homes to go to at night. Angela Tung took second place and spoke on behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation. 

Sophie Szecsodi left, Lily Culbertson centre and Angela Tung on the right. 


Youth Speaker Competition 2010

YOUTH SPEAKER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS hold up "Secrets of Great Public Speakers Exposed" by Dale Beaumont, who kindly donated copies for all the finalists!

After a tough competition at the Burwood RSL, Suna Ozcan from Macarthur Girls High walked away with the SpeakersBank Australia trophy, as well as $300 worth of computer equipment, courtesy of Dick Smith and $100 cash donated by LJ Hooker, Thornleigh.

Suna's take on - "Speak Up! Speak Out!" - pick an issue that you feel strongly about - was "Ken and Barbie." Suna delivered a powerful speech opening with her observations of her younger cousin playing with Ken and Barbie, but insisting the doctor's outfit could only be worn by Ken. This was followed by sound information on the glass ceiling and pay issues and career options women face today.

Leah Nye from Tara Anglican girls stole second place by pleading that teachers should give meaningful and relevant homework tasks to relieve the "Burden of Homework." Her prize was $200 worth of computer goodies from Dick Smith.

Elsa Young took third place with a compassionate view on "Asylum Seekers." 


The finalists have all taken part in a training workshop, survived the heats, been selected at the semi-final competition and made it through to the final contest.

Our thanks go to BURWOOD RSL for their continued support in this program, Dick Smith who provided $500 worth of computer equipment to be given as prizes and LJ Hooker Thornleigh who gave the winner $100 cash.



Elsa Young from Hornsby Girls' High at the training workshop in Hornsby Library.

Youth Speaker of the Year Competition 2009

Youth Speaker of the Year 2009

Thanks to the schools who participated: Loreto Normanhurst, James Ruse, Normanhurst Boys' High, Killarney Heights, Baulkham Hills, Roseville College and Tara Anglican School for Girls.

The students attended training workshops, heats, semi-final competitions and then the final, held at Burwood RSL in September.


From left to right:

Julia Mills, public speaking co-ordinator of Tara Anglican Girls' School, Aimee Sutton, winner of 2009 SpeakersBank Youth Speaker of the Year Competition, Harnsle Joo, 2nd place and Dale Rees-Bevan, president of SpeakersBank Australia Inc.

Aimee Sutton, winner, gave a passionate and inspiring speech called "It's Time," while Harnsle Joo reminded us that "Sexism Lives." Christopher Walsh of Normanhurst Boys' High School was placed 3rd. He spoke about the role of the monarchy.

2008 winner Isaac Freelander of Normanhurst Boys' High School opened the  competition proceedings.

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