The key to getting the most out of the Toastmasters' Communication and Leadership Program is active participation. People learn best by doing. Each of the ten project assignments, and the speeches that you will present, are part of a system designed to develop your skills one step at a time.
The Ice Breaker
Objectives: To begin speaking before an audience. To introduce yourself to your fellow club members. To help understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development.
Speak With Sincerity
Objectives: To convince the audience of your earnestness, sincerity and conviction on a subject you thoroughly understand. To confront and control any nervousness you might have.
Organize Your Speech
Objectives: To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defined goal. To build a speech outline that includes an opening, body, and conclusion.
Show What You Mean
Objectives: To learn the value of gestures and body movements as part of your speech. To explore the different ways of using body language. To develop a sense of timing and natural, smooth body movement.
Objectives: To explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate and quality as assets to your speaking. To apply the principles of a well-developed voice to a particular speech.
Work With Words
Objectives: To select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly, vividly, and appropriately. To gain an understanding of the functions and uses of the spoken word.
Apply You Skills
Objectives: To bring together and apply the communication skills you have learned in the preceding speech projects. To organize your speech logically and research the facts needed to support your speech and its conclusion.
Make It Persuasive
Objectives: To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or point of view. To achieve this persuasive effect by appealing to the audience's self-interest, building a logical foundation for agreement, and arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
Speak With Knowledge
Objectives: To gather accurate, up-to-date information on a subject so you can expand your knowledge and that of your audience. To write a speech based on the insights gained from your research. To read the speech before the audience in an interesting, lively and meaningful manner.
Inspire Your Audience
Objectives: To understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion. To put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all of the techniques you have learned so far.
After you have completed all 10 project speeches, you will apply for the Competent Toastmaster (CTM) Award - a major milestone in your communications development.
The Advanced Communication & Leadership Program
The Advanced C&L Manual has been designed to train you for speaking situations you will encounter outside the Club environment. Each advanced manual focuses on a specific speaking arena/forum or functional type of speaking. Any two of the following Advanced C&L manuals may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Advanced Toastmasters (ATM BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD) Awards.
How to warm up your audience, leave them with a smile, make them laugh, keep them laughing, and the humorous speech.
The Entertaining Speaker
How to give an entertaining or dramatic speech, where to find material, how to make an audience laugh, and what to do when you're asked to speak after dinner.
Speaking to Inform
How to give a demonstration talk, the fact-finding report, the abstract concept, and resources for informing.
Building goodwill through public speaking, persuading an audience, speaking to a hostile audience, and speaking to the media.
The Discussion Leader
Provides instruction in the four different methods of leading a group discussion. An ideal manual for managers, trainers, and administrators.
Covers impromptu speeches, sales presentations, introductions, inspirational speeches, and oral interpretations.
Speeches By Management
How to handle a variety of speaking situations managers encounter in the work environment. Topics include: briefings, technical speeches, motivational speeches, and status reports.
The Professional Speaker
Covers the keynote address, the entertaining speech, sales training speech, the seminar and the motivational speech.
Covers the technical briefing, the proposal, speaking to the non-technical audience, presenting a technical paper, and giving a "team" technical presentation.
Communicating on Television
How to present editorials, guest/interview programs, press conference, and training via television.
How to tell a folk tale, personal story, stories with morals, touching stories, and the historical story.
Instruction in interpretive reading skills: presentation of stories, poetry, monodrama, plays and oratorical speeches.
Build strong interpersonal communication skills including: conversing with ease, handling criticism, negotiating, coaching to improve performance, and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.
Special Occasion Speeches
Provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise, "roasting" someone, and presenting or accepting awards.