Newcomers Speak Up for Success – Public Speaking and Beyond

CultureLink’s mentorship program is offering a series of sessions to practice Public Speaking and Beyond! Now available virtually via Zoom.

This is a series of 10-weeks sessions currently provided at least once or twice a year. The next series will start on Tuesday, October 7, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Location is to be decided as per the covid-19 guidelines.  Click to see the program flyer here. Sign up early with Rubeen at to reserve your spot.

Past Program Video:

Click here to see the video created by the participants who attended this program from April to June 2020:

Program Details

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 an interesting way. Sometimes we might be accepting an award and are asked to say a few words or make a toast at a best friend’s wedding!

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 the 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 the public. Everyone reacts to it differently. For some it is stuttering or mumbling, for others, it can be shaky legs or sweaty palms. 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 or anxiety can be defeated.

Many who don’t suffer from anxiety, 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:

Each session is approx. two hours to two and half hour long which includes break, presentation, discussion on related topics and hands-on practice and homework assignments (if required).

Sessions are offered in a friendly and motivating environment with demonstration, guidance, and feedback from experienced mentors.

At each session, participants are motivated to try different types speeches based on their roles as well as their intro speech and interest-based speeches.

The last session also includes group photos, awarding certificates and a potluck party (virtual or in-person).

Participants are matched in small groups with one of the mentors for on-going support and to network and stay connected beyond the program duration. It is up to the participants to take initiative to continue connecting with their mentors and peers.


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:

  • Practice their public speaking through impromptu and prepared speeches
  • Meet like-minded 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 session
  • Learn and practice at their own pace
  • Make new friends and enhance networking skills
  • Receive a certificate of completion

Everyone is welcome to join and try impromptu or prepared speeches at their own comfort level! Attending all the sessions is not mandatory but certificate of completion will be provided for attending 6 or more sessions.

To register:

This program is open to Newcomers (landed immigrants and convention refugees) who are over the age of 19 with CLB 5 or above. As per the funder’s requirement, we collect a copy of the immigration document. Click here to fill out the Registration form and choose “Newcomers Speak Up for Success”.

Contact Person:

Rubeen Chauhan:

Phone: 437-249-7103 (cell) | 416-588-6288 x 231 (office)

Email: |

Volunteering as a Mentor:

If you are interested, check out the link: Public Speaking Mentor.