Forum is a Queensland-wide organisation of local, friendly groups that meet regularly to help each other be confident and effective communicators for their professional and personal lives.
We provide essential personal and professional development for people who want the ‘communication edge’ no matter what your stage of life or career.
Our groups are located at various locations around Brisbane and we also have an online group, so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.
What makes us different?
Our members are friendly, our group sessions are informal and our mentors are experienced professionals in public speaking.
You get to choose how and when you participate in your group – no lock-in memberships, no minimum attendance requirements and best of all, no pressure!
We run workshops, tutorials and give helpful feedback to assist your communication journey.
Being part of Forum is designed to be no hassle, no pressure and no worry – just meaningful time amongst a supportive group to help you be a more confident communicator.
We believe in you
We believe everyone can be a confident communicator. All you need is practice, persistence and positive people around you.
We welcome anyone who wants to become a better speaker, presenter and communicator while being part of a friendly and encouraging group.
In July 2021, we celebrated our 80th anniversary! Over that time, we’ve helped thousands of Queenslanders find their best, confident selves. We are proud of being part of so many people’s journey to confidence. We look forward to being part of yours too.
What do we do
Find out what our members speak about in our latest newsletters.
Find out what the Forum near you is doing: firstname.lastname@example.org
FORUM sponsors a bursary through the National Council of Women Queensland. Each year we offer financial support to a young woman who excels in leadership and speaking in public.
In 2017 the winner was Taylor Birtchnell from the Gold Coast.
In 2018 the winner was Madison Birtchnell from the Gold Coast. Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHtUy-FlkwE to hear Madison speak on the social need and responsibility for each of us to volunteer, to invest in our community and to become part of the larger, overall change.
In 2019 the winner was Anekah Hinchliff from Townsville.
In 2020 the winner was Chloe Ainscow.
In 2021 the winner was Laura McLennan.
In 2022 the winner was Olivia Chissell.
In 2023 the winner was Priya Virdee-Hero