From Scared to Powerful
The Competent Communicator manual is the core learning material for becoming a great speaker. Each of the ten projects will take you through a learning stage about public speaking
The toastmaster educational program is circular journey
It will take you from being scared to speak your name to where you can inspire people
You come full circle to that most simple and powerful of things:
Being yourself in front of people
1. THE ICE BREAKER
Your journey begins here
Your first speech is something that you will always remember. There is no expectations of brilliance: it is there to get you up and running by introducing you to the club. You may surprise yourself by learning you are already better than you believe.
2. ORGANISE YOUR SPEECH
Learning to structure your thoughts
Speeches live and die on their organisation. Taking the time to organise your thoughts in a structured way is how to help the audience understand what you are saying. Through a powerful introduction, clear main body and effective conclusion, this speech is your foundation for the future.
3. GET TO THE POINT
Why you are speaking
Why bother speaking at all? The whole reason to speak is get your message across. And that means being clear about what the purpose of the speech is (to inform, persuade, inspire or entertain) and the one key point you want to leave the audience with.
5. YOUR BODY SPEAKS
Get comfortable with moving on stage
Whether they like it or not; whether they are aware of it or not, people move involuntarily when communicating if only to open their mouths to speak. Controlling body language is needed so that it aids the message rather than detracts from it. Used well, stance, movement and gestures can enhance your credibility, help make the point and give you confidence.
7. RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC
Presenting information effectively
Speeches often involve gathering material to use. Knowing how to go about doing that will help improve the credibility of your speeches by ensuring you can justify the point you are making. Using the lessons from project 2 plus the polishing techniques, this one is all about about making information lively.
9. PERSUADE WITH POWER
Convince your audience
You are now close to the end of your goal with this speech. By now you will have realised that public speaking is more than just simply presenting. The real skill is the ability to persuade people of your ideas. Understand, accept and act on them. That is a true life skill to have. Being credible through knowledge and experience, using logic and emotion to appeal to self interest, you will deliver a structured point and be influential.
10. INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE
Persuading people to action
The end goal of your journey. By the end of this speech, you have come full circle to being yourself. It is time to inspire people. It is about improving personal lives and the life of the world. By creating commonality through shared emotion, the speaker presents a plan of action that will persuade people to follow and create change. Complete this challenge and you will be a toastmaster Competent Communicator, something to be truly proud of.
4. HOW TO SAY IT
With foundations out of the way, language is the first of the polishing speeches. Words are powerful. They are your tools to make your speech work so arranging them for maximum impact is vital. Every word needs to have value to make the point clear and add sparkle while you speak. Languages in speeches is to write for your voice and for the ear of the audience.
8. GET COMFORTABLE WITH VISUAL AIDS
Tools to help audiences see your point
Using support material improves chances of getting your message understood. Many guests join with the aim to improve their presentation skills and this is the speech for that. Visual aids are more than computer presentation. They are anything that is appropriate for the message and can be used with confidence by you.
10 SPEAKING PROJECTS
Your Core Learning Material
Complete speech 10
and become the Competent Communicator,
the award for finishing your educational program
6. VOCAL VARIETY
Using your voice for impact
If word are your tools, your voice is the means to use them Voices have a major effect on audiences. Lively voices keep audiences engaged through use of pitch, volume and pauses. No matter how good the messages if your audience simply cannot hear you its value is lost. This project is all about encouraging you to develop a good speaking voice