Speeches

The educational program is the heart of a Toastmasters Club. It is the means through which you develop your communication and leadership skills and achieve your goal of becoming a better communicator. The Toastmasters educational program is divided into two tracks — a communication track and a leadership track. The communication track is the major part of the system — almost all new members join Toastmasters for the benefits this track offers. Some become involved in the leadership track. The tracks are not mutually exclusive. You may participate in both tracks at the same time if you wish.

Communication Track

The core of the communication track is the Competent Communication manual (also called the “CC manual”), which contains 10 speech projects. The first speech is called The Ice Breaker

The Competent Communication Award

The basic manual helps develop your speaking skills one step at a time. Every project builds upon what you have learned in the preceding project. As you complete the projects you’ll learn the importance of sincerity in speaking, how to effectively organize a presentation, how to use body language and voice to convey your message, word choice and props, persuasive speaking, and how to inspire others. Your first goal as a member is to complete this manual. When you do, you are eligible for Competent Communication Award recognition. When you finish all 10 projects, complete the Competent Communication Award application, have the Vice President Education sign it, and send it to World Headquarters. You’ll receive a Competent Communication Award certificate and, if this is your first Competent Communication Award, two Advanced Communication and Leadership Program manuals free of charge. If you wish, World Headquarters will send your employer a letter about your accomplishment.

Overview of the First Ten Toastmasters Speeches

  • Speech 1: The Ice Breaker — The first speech of the Toastmasters program is about introducing yourself to your peers, providing a benchmark for your current skill level, and standing and speaking without falling over.
  • Speech 2: Organize Your Speech — Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.
  • Speech 3: Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.
  • Speech 4: How to Say It — Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.
  • Speech 5: Your Body Speaks — Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.
  • Speech 6: Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.
  • Speech 7: Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.
  • Speech 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
  • Speech 9: Persuade With Power — Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.
  • Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience — The last of ten speeches, this project challenges the speaker

 

 

I found this great tip on “Choosing topics”  from “http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/toastmasters-speech-0-competent-communicator/

 

Venn Diagram - Select Speech Topics from the Centre

 

Advanced Program

After receiving Competent Communication Award recognition you can enter the Advanced Communication and Leadership Program, where you can refine and enhance your basic skills. This program consists of 15 manuals, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented; several are not. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn. The manuals are:

  • The Entertaining Speaker (226-A)
  • Speaking to Inform (226-B)
  • Public Relations (226-C)
  • The Discussion Leader (226-D)
  • Specialty Speeches (226-E)
  • Speeches by Management (226-F)
  • The Professional Speaker (226-G)
  • Technical Presentations (226-H)
  • Persuasive Speaking (226-I)
  • Communicating on Television (226-J)
  • Storytelling (226-K)
  • Interpretive Reading (226-L)
  • Interpersonal Communication (226-M)
  • Special Occasion Speeches (226-N)
  • Humorously Speaking (226-O)

When you work in the advanced manuals you are eligible for several awards:

Advanced Communicator Bronze Award  (ACB)

To be eligible for this award, you must have:

  • Achieved Competent Communicator award
  • Completed two Advanced Communication and Leadership Program manuals

Advanced Communicator Silver Award (ACS)

To be eligible for this award, you must have:

  • Achieved new Advanced Communicator Bronze award or (achieved Able Toastmaster award)
  • Completed two additional advanced manuals (may not be those completed for previous awards)
  • Conducted any two programs from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series

Advanced Communicator Gold Award (ACG)

To be eligible for this award, members must have:

  • Achieved new Advanced Communicator Silver award or (achieved Able Toastmaster Bronze award)
  • Completed two additional advanced manuals (may not be those completed for previous awards)
  • Conducted a Success/Leadership Program, Success/Communication Program (Success/Leadership or Success/Communication programs may not be those completed for (Able Toastmaster Bronze award) or a Youth Leadership Program
  • Coached a new member with the first three speech projects

By the time you earn the Advanced Communicator Gold award, you will have completed six of the available Advanced Communication and Leadership Program manuals and will have learned many valuable advanced speaking skills. To apply for any of the Advanced Toastmaster awards, complete the appropriate section of the Advanced Toastmaster Award application. This application also is in the back of each advanced manual and is available from World Headquarters. You’ll receive a certificate and, if you wish, World Headquarters will send a letter to your employer about your achievement.

 

A diagram summarising the different communication Tracks is below:

Communication Tracks

For assistance with speeches, go to speech tips. There is also a

Leadership Track

Competent Leader (CL)

The Competent Leadership manual is the core of the leadership track. It features 10 projects, which you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for Competent Leader (CL) recognition. Complete the CL application in the manual and ask your vice president education (VPE) to submit it online to World Headquarters. You’ll receive a CL certificate and, if you wish, World Headquarters will send your employer a letter about your accomplishment.

Advanced Leader Program

After earning the CL award you can further refine and develop your leadership skills by working in the advanced leader program. Members working in this program are eligible for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) recognition.

Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)

To be eligible for this award, a member must have:

  • Achieved new Competent Leader award
  • Achieved Competent Communicator award (or Competent Toastmaster award)
  • Served at least six months as a club officer (president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer or sergeant at arms) and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office
  • While serving in the above office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program
  • Conducted any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)

 

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)