Event Description

QUEST: Effective Speechwriting Techniques

Mar. 12, 2012

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

QNET Member Rate:  $39 + GST
Non-Member Rate:    $49 + GST
Location: QNET (Note: NEW address - Suite 660, 175 Hargrave St., Winnipeg)

An important part of any successful speech is the content being delivered. Learn effective techniques for creating an interesting, audience-friendly speech. Topics to be covered include: researching the topic and audience; speech outlines and organization; effective openings and conclusions; literary devices that increase the effect of a speech, such as triads, alliteration and analogies; storytelling and humour, tips for memorizing a speech.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify your audience and organize your speech
  • Learn to use literary devices to increase the impact of your words
  • Discover tips for effective speech openings and conclusions
  • Identify techniques to connect with your audience


Susan Portelance is a communications professional and the owner of Prairie Scribe, a company providing technical writing, training and editing services to its clients. Susan is the Past President of The Young Professionals Toastmasters Club, and has written speeches covering a range of topics. She has delivered speeches to varied audiences, including businesses, students and volunteer groups, such as Heart & Stroke, UNICEF Canada and Junior Achievement.

QUEST is a series of information sessions that bridge the gap between business needs and local consulting expertise. Presentations feature a variety of concepts, tools and practices relevant for today's workplace.

This session is presented in partnership with Industry Workforce Development, Manitoba Entrepreneurship Training and Trade

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