About Us

About Us

Speaking Made Easy is a registered name of The Penguin Club of Australia Inc which was founded in Sydney in 1937 by women for women.

The late M. Jean Ellis O.B.E. was the co-founder of the Penguin Club and developed the organisation in each State and Territory of Australia, and in Port Moresby and Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea.

In an era when women were not so active in public life, one woman’s courage and foresight has inspired members during the decades to continue to support women to develop their speaking skills and become articulate, confident women in all aspects of their lives. Well-known Penguin Club members have included the late Margaret Whitlam, wife of the late former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam;  Mary Tenison Woods, first female lawyer and public notary in SA;  and Gertrude Johnson, Australian coloratura soprano and founder of the National Theatre in Melbourne.

Today, Speaking Made Easy, is a national organisation that offers members guidance and opportunities to develop communication skills and confidence for their educational, employment and community involvement.  Mentors and accredited advisers give constructive advice and help members learn to speak with ease in any situation including discussions, meetings and social events.

At Speaking Made Easy women:

  • Learn to converse effectively one-on-one or in front of an audience
  • Develop your speech writing and preparation skills
  • Practise public speaking
  • Enjoy self-paced, personal development with a option to have a tailored Speaking program to fast track competency
  • Have fun, and make friends

Women of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed to join. We are a not-for-profit incorporated organisation run by member volunteers. Emphasis is on learning, participation, practise and enjoyment.

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Values…friendship, integrity, trust, respect

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Why not join us?  We would love to welcome you to our organisation

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