Toastmaster Speech Manual Number
Speak With Sincerity
convince the audience of your earnestness, sincerity and conviction on
a subject you thoroughly
* To confront and control any
nervousness you may have
* TIME: Five to seven minutes
In your first speech, you concentrated on actually standing before an audience
and making through a talk. Now, having "broken the ice" you've ready
to discuss a
subject of general interest about which you have strong convictions. Your
purpose is to convey this sincerity and conviction to your audience, to make
them understand, and possibly join you in enthusiastic support of your
viewpoint. As you prepare and deliver this talk, make an effort to confront and
overcome any nervousness you may feel.
|Sincerity and Conviction |
The successful speech is one that radiates conviction and
sincerity. The purpose of the speech - in this project , to advocate a point of
view on which you feel strongly - should dominate your preparation and delivery.
Your primary goal is to learn how to convey your true feelings to the
audience. Be natural, but forceful; the combination of thought and strong
feeling should be an expression of your personality. Remember that since the listener are volunteering their time
to hear your talk, you owe them more than a superficial exercise in words. When
a subject has meaning for you and you can convince listener of the fact, they
will pay attention to you and be willing to consider your point of view.
|Speak With Confidence |
When you speak on subject that interest you - and about which
you have strong feelings - you will become so involved with speaking, you will
forget your nervousness. Remember, some stage fright is a normal reaction for
any speaker. Don't be concerned about feeling a certain amount of nervousness
before you speak.
However, if excessive nervousness is a problems for you, now
is the time to confront it. You don't want to totally calm, thus putting your
audience to sleep, but you should try to understand and overcome any nervousness
that creates problems for you. Direct your natural nervousness towards two
objects: yourself and your topic.
First, use the nervous energy to add excitement to your talk
so the audience will catch your enthusiasm and be sympathetic to your cause.
Second, use your nervous energy towards thoroughly researching the topic. Your
full mastery of the subject will give confidence as you speak. Once you've
demonstrated your understanding of the topic and stimulated enthusiasm in your
audience, what's to be nervousness about?
|Selecting The Subject |
Choose the subject of interest about which you have define
convictions. The world is full of controversial subjects, and you certainly have
strong feelings about some of them. Your topic could be anything from taxes to
education, arms control to barking dogs. Just be sure that you have a definite point
of view and then prepare the protest, appeal, or call for action that promotes
your viewpoint. Your purpose should determine your choice of supporting
material (fact and illustration), the arrangement of your ideas, and your
delivery. As in any speech, adapt your presentation to fit the audience,
speaking directly to listener interests. In this talk, you may assume your
audience represents the city council, chamber of commerce, the general public,
or any other group. Be sure the Toastmaster of the meeting understand and make
clear to club members what role you want them to play.
|Make An Outline |
Plan your introduction to awaken your audience. Make them
interest in your subject. Show its timeliness and relevance to them. The body of
your talk should identify the source of your concern, show how the problems can
be solved, and build listener understanding of and sympathy toward your
position. Finally, your conclusion should leave the audience ready to support
you in your convictions.
|Another way of stating this progression is to tell your
I. Something is wrong. State just what it is
II. Why is this wrong? Who is to blame? What harm is done?
III. How does this wrong be corrected? Make definite
recommendation for changing things for the better.
IV. What should we do? Tell your listeners exactly what you want
them to do, think or feel. Let your enthusiasm peak, and show them sincerity.
|You Need To Rehearse |
Of course, you will need to practice, preferably with someone
who will give you helpful feedback, such as your mentor. tell that person about
your speech plans, then try to win agreements as you proceed through the points
of the outline. Try several different illustrations and lines of reasoning to
determine the most effective and discard the rest. Think clearly about your
approach to the subject, and delete everything that does not directly relate to
your purpose. If you can enter to a dialogue or friendly argument with your
listener, you will discover weakness in your position which you can then strengthen. Become excited about the topic. You can't accomplish anything
worthwhile unless you're enthusiastic about it. If you lack enthusiasm, you may
selected the wrong subject.
Try It Without Notes
In this project, try speaking without notes, since you will want
to convey sincerity and mastery of the subject. You should be telling your
listener something you really believe, rather reading the script to them.
Consider the effectiveness of a presentation when the speaker
looks you in the eye, drops all pretense, and tells you from her heart exactly
how she feels about the subject. Compare that presentation with one in which the
speaker stands stiffly behind the lectern and speaks from his notes, with an
occasional glance at the audience. Which one makes the greater impact?
At this stage of your speaking development, however, you may
not be quite ready to abandon notes entirely. If this is true for you, try this
method as a first step away from written notes: Write on a single card simple
phrase for each of your main points. write in large letters so you can read each
card with a quick glance. Never lets your notes com between you and contact with
|Delivering Your Talk |
Involve your listeners from the beginning of your talks. Your
first sentence should wake them up and make them want to listen. your opening
should also clearly introduce the subject. Carry through with sincerity and finish with strong
appeal. Assume you have already sold the audience on your position; now add the
finishing touches. Don't be concerned about so involved with your subject; your
toastmasters club is just the place to turn yourself loose. The main
consideration is to put the force of conviction into everything you say;
revealing your true beliefs.
|Your Evaluation |
The evaluator will be looking the way you project sincerity and
conviction to your audience. You should also be taking steps to control any
nervousness you may have. All the skills you learn through speaking are cumulative and
should be included in each successive speech. In your first talk, you learn
about planning (purpose, introduction, main ideas, conclusion), and this talk
you're learning the importance of sincerity (convincing your audience that you
know subject and believe what you are telling them). Plan to include both of
these skills in future talks. Remember, unless you have convictions and can
demonstrate them in a logical form, you have nothing to say. When you show
enthusiasm skillfully, your audience will follow you.
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