Welcome to Ipswich Forum

Ipswich Forum members are a friendly, supportive group who  enjoy the intellectual stimulation of Forum meetings and the regular challenges each meeting provides, helping them to grow in confidence and be prepared to speak out and communicate in all areas of their life.

Members meet twice a month in the heart of Ipswich to practise public speaking and to learn how to run meetings effectively including roles and duties of office bearers – under experienced guidance.

If you would like to learn new skills, enhance your abilities and meet new people – you  are always welcome – age is no barrier.


Check out our Find a Forum link above for Forum clubs for other Ipswich and wider Queensland residents.

Email: L4n44m@bigpond.com or

Facebook Chat: http://m.me/ipswich4um/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ipswich4um/

Facebook – Forum Communicators: https://www.facebook.com/forumcommunicators/

Phone: 0448 377 543 (Lorraine)



Ipswich Forum meets 10am for 10:30am-12noon on 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

Room 2, 3rd Floor, Ipswich Trades Hall Building, 4 Bell St, Ipswich

RSVP:  Please contact us on 0448 377 543 any time before the meeting


What others are saying . . .

I was introduced to Forum by an amazingly helpful member whose guidance and mentoring helped me quickly see the importance of both speaking with confidence and being able to run an effective meeting in my role then as Retirement Living Officer.  Attaining and practising those skills meant that all avenues of my life changed and so many opportunities opened up.   I am forever grateful to Forum for its inspirational leaders and members.   – Elaine, Bayside Forum


Calendar of upcoming meetings


26 March 2020

Main speaker: Keeping Abreast of…  10 mins

Following speakers to this title – 3-5 mins

Community Heads-up: Opportunity to promote a local event.


9 April 2020

Main speaker: Nerves of Steel – 10 mins

Other members speak to same title – 3-5 mins

Tutorial: How to Use a Microphone  – 12 mins

Segment: Community Heads-up: Member – positive `selling’ of a local event.


23 April 2020

One-Eyed? Never! – all members speaking in pairs – voicing opposing views – 2-3 each

Segment: Community Heads-up: Chance for a member to promote a local event.


14 May 2020

Research Topic: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules the World – 4×8 mins

Segment: Community Heads-up: Local event promoted by a member.


28 May 2020

Main Speaker: Give Me a Hand – 10 minutes

Other members – speak to the same title – 3-5 mins

Segment: Community Heads-up: Local event promoted by a member.


11 June 2020

Biannual General Meeting including effective procedure for election of Committee Members, dealing with Reports.

Impromptu Speaking: Words That Blew My Brain and Changed My Life

Segment: Community Heads-up: Positive `selling’ your local event.


25 June 2020

Speeches for Special Occasions: Good Blood Always Shows – including toasts/responses

Tutorial:  Lend Me Your Ears – How to write a compelling speech!

Segment: Community Heads-up: Opportunity to persuasively promote a local event.