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All in a Day’s Work: Public Speaking Coach for Felons



by Trina Sargalski

Chris Wolfe, President of the Voices of Time Gavel Club, opens the meeting. Carey McKearnan records. /Trina Sargalski

In our regular segment called “All in a Day’s Work,” we look at how people in South Florida make a living.

There are Gavel Clubs and Toastmasters groups around the world.  Most of them teach public speaking to business people.  Chris Wolfe is a public speaking coach who volunteers at a Gavel Club inside a federal prison, Everglades Correctional Institution, on the western edge of Miami-Dade County.  He helps men who have been in prison for decades prepare for life on the outside.

Special thanks to Carey McKearnan for her help producing this piece.

Created with flickr slideshow.

The Voices of Time Gavel Club composed the song, “Men Going Home.”  Hear the full song below.  Special thanks to the UM documentary students who recorded it.


Toastmasters International: Inmates find their voices at public speaking club (Miami Herald)

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