Newcomers Speak Up For Success

CultureLink’s mentorship program is offering a series of sessions to practice Public Speaking and Beyond!

Become a Public Speaking Mentor, click  here

Public speaking is crucial in most careers as well as in our day to day lives. Sometimes we need to speak up to share our ideas in a professional setting or make a presentation or if we are in a supervisory role, we need to motivate our staff. Sometimes, we want to share our stories of a weekend getaway or crack a joke with our friends or colleagues in a most interesting way. Sometimes we might be accepting an award and are asked to say few words or make a toast at a best friend’s wedding!

Not matter what’s the occasion, there are lots of ways to present and make a speech!

However, no matter how professional and confident one may be, every once in a while there’s a hesitation or fear of standing in front of people and talking about something…what a horror!

Is that a fact?

Yes, it is a proven fact that many of us suffer from fear or anxiety of speaking in front of public. Everyone reacts to it differently. For some it is stuttering or mumbling, for others it can be shaky legs or sweating. For some it’s easier to make a speech in their first language but they get terrified if they have to present something in another language. But with continuous practice and encouragement, this fear and anxiety CAN BE DEFEATED!

Many who don’t suffer from anxiety, they need space and audience to practice and gain more confidence!

Newcomers Speak Up for Success is designed to help those newcomers who would like to try or practice public speaking in front of an audience either for job purposes or for the sake of personal interest.

Program Structure:

Currently, this program is designed to run bi-weekly for 10 consecutive weeks and once in a year!

Each session is 2.5 hours long which includes presentation, discussion on related topics and hands-on practice and homework assignments (if required); and one 15-minutes break.

Sessions are offered in a friendly and motivating environment with demonstration, guidance and feedback from mentors who have background in public speaking.

30-40 minutes of each session will be reserved for impromptu or prepared speeches. Participants will participate and learn at their own pace.

In the first session, participants and mentors will get a chance to get to know each other and decide on the topics for each session. The last session is generally about presenting final speeches (if the attendees decide to do so) followed by group photos, awarding certificates and a potluck party.


This program provides a platform to practice hands-on public speaking as well as discussion on the following:

  • Types of speeches and presentations
  • Structure and styles of speeches
  • Body language and posture
  • Proper language
  • Using visual aids
  • Tips to overcome fear
  • Adding humor – is it necessary?
  • What’s trending in public speaking? etc.

Participants will:

  • Try impromptu speeches
  • Choose their own topics and prepare and present their speeches
  • Share and learn new words or most commonly used phrases or slangs
  • Share who is their favourite speaker and why
  • Meet likeminded peers who may experience the same emotions when standing in front of a crowd, either be large or small!
  • Get on-going support from volunteer mentors during the program
  • Learn and practice at their own pace
  • Make new friends and enhance networking skills
  • Receive certificate of participation

Join our program if you:

  • Are a newcomer (landed immigrant or convention refugees – a copy of documents is required).
  • Are 19 years of age or older
  • Are studying or have studied LINC level 5 or above
  • Want to practice your public speaking and presentation skills in English and are open to learn and present (past experience is not required)

Note: Participants will be interviewed and shortlisted to participate in this program. If selected, they will be asked to fill out a registration form and a media release form.

Contact Person:

Rubeen Chauhan (416-588-6288 x 231) | Email:

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Program start date for 2019:

February 19 to June 25 (Every Other Tuesday – from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm) at CultureLink Office

Become a Public Speaking Mentor:

Volunteer Mentors will help newcomer participants practice Public Speaking and gain relevant skills in a small group setting. Successful mentors must commit for the program duration and spend some extra hours as required by the program.

Mentors must be fluent in English with knowledge and life experience in Canada of five years or more. Mentors are matched with participants for extra support and guidance.

Mentors must have experience in public speaking/ presentation/ coaching and group facilitation. They must have experience working with immigrants and refugees or participants of varying skill level. They must have exceptional communication and people skills and ability to engage the participants.

Additional assets are: flexibility (in terms of program delivery), creativity, self-motivation and bringing new ideas and or activities to support the learning of the newcomer participants.

Mentors would be expected to work together and develop program material/ presentations to achieve the program objectives.

Mentors are required to attend mandatory orientation session and apply online at: My Volunteer page

Police clearance

and reference check is required.

Mentors will receive certificate of appreciation at the end of the program.

Program Structure: Please see the top of this page.

Paper work: Sign off media release form and volunteer contract.

Contact Rubeen for any questions or further details at 416-588-6288 x 231 |

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