POWERtalk Brisbane Central started life 50 years ago, when a group of wives of the then all-male toastmasters recognised that women could also benefit from this type of meeting. Following an article in the Women’s Weekly, Public interest in the club burgeoned and at one stage, there was a waiting list for membership, with a second club, ’Toast of the Town’ being formed from the overflow of members.
More than 1000 meetings later, hundreds have passed through the club, gaining a wealth of experience from their membership. Shy speakers have become more confident and confident speakers have honed their skills and found an outlet for their creative talents. Some have remained, including one founding member. Others have continued on into the world, far more self-assured and in no doubt of where they lost their apprehensiveness of standing in front of a group and speaking.
To a person, all members and past members would tell you that one of the most outstanding features of the club is the friendliness and encouragement you will receive there—so much so that it is the main job of the 2nd vice president to look after the welfare of all members.

In our club we practice the almost lost art of parliamentary meeting procedure. Members are encouraged to work their way through the chairs of office and in doing so, learn the administration of the club as well as becoming proficient at chairing meetings and all the associated leadership and management skills that come with that duty.

POWERtalk Brisbane Central belongs to the international not-for-profit organisation POWERtalk International, which was founded nearly 80 years ago in San Francisco [we were then known as 'International Toastmistress Clubs'].
The POWERtalk International training programme has been developed over many years and members have access to an extensive range of educational materials to support the practical training.
All members are given assignments tailored and programmed to their individual needs so personal growth is self-paced.

learn confidence

Learn confidence in presentations 

Ably chair meetings and discussion groups

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Internationally recognised accreditation program

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Within the organisation, there are 4 levels at which one can participate—club, council [= state], region [= Australia Wide] and international. All skills learned and developed as a POWERtalk member may be practiced at each level—including leadership, and communication skills. Each year there are 3 council meetings and one region conference which members are encouraged to attend.

At these meetings the focus is on education and development with an opportunity to network and meet with like-minded people. Members who want more advanced development have the opportunity to do so at these meetings. The international convention is held once every 2 years.

Each year there is a club speech contest, the winner of which participates in the Council speech contest, with the chance of advancing to region then to international level.

At club level there is also an evaluation contest. Evaluation forms an important part of our organisation. At every meeting you will see segments evaluated as well as a general evaluation of the entire meeting which allows members to be commended on their performance as well as being given recommendations for improvement.

We welcome guests to our meetings and if they feel inclined to do so, enjoy their participation.

The meeting fee for members is $6 and for guests is free of charge for up to 3 meetings. There is an annual membership fee which is approximately $180 total and covers all aspects of membership including full access to the member’s only sections and extensive training available on the international POWERtalk website. Part of the weekly fee is contributed towards the annual fee which is due at the end of July each year, resulting in a reduction of the yearly fee for members. [Prices of annual and joining fees are approximate as they involve an international fee and thus are subject to currency fluctuations.] Joining fee is commensurate with annual fee and is calculated on a pro-rata basis, meaning it costs less as the year goes on. All club Board members would have a copy of the pro-rata fees and will be happy to confirm the amount with prospective member.


“English is my second language. I came along to improve my English speaking, but was surprised and delighted to find the education segments were really useful. Everyone is very nice and I think it’s fantastic." - K, guest.



Phone: 07 3352 3387
Mobile: 0438 624 667
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Our Connections

POWERtalk International
POWERtalk Australia
POWERtalk Gold Coast
ITC Hiroshima Club


We Meet At Grange Library

Community Meeting Room
Grange Library
Evelyn St, Grange
[enter via Evelyn Street]
6.45 for 7.00pm start

on the first and third Tuesdays of the month February - November

and first Tuesday in December.
Speaking programme 7.00pm - approx. 8.30pm, followed by a cuppa.
You are then welcome to stay and observe the business meeting which concludes at 9.15pm.
Come along and join in the fun...

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