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Basic Communication Program

LogoTaglineLockupJPGsm.jpgThe Toastmasters Basic Communication manual consists of 10 projects to help you become a Competent Communicator.

  1. Ice Breaker
    This is your opportunity to give your first prepared talk and "break the ice." The best way to begin your speaking experience is to talk about the subject closest to you -- yourself. You will introduce yourself to your fellow Club members and give them some information about your background, interests and ambitions. As you prepare and deliver your talk, you will become aware of speaking skills you already have and areas that require some work. Your fellow members will help you understand these needs, as they see them.

    Your objectives for this speech are:
    To begin speaking before an audience.

    To help you understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development.

    To introduce yourself to your fellow Club members

    Time: 4-6 minutes

    One model to follow for an Ice BreakerSpeech is the FORD method:



    Reason for Joining Toastmasters

    Dreams - be descriptive!

  2. Organize your speech

    As a speaker, your role is to tell others about your ideas and occasionally persuade them to take some action. Your audience will be more receptive to your efforts if you take the time to assemble your thoughts in a logical manner. Good speech organization is essential if your audience is to follow and understand your presentation. You must take the time to put your ideas together in an orderly fashion.

    Your objectives for this speech are:

    To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clear defined goal.
    To build a speech outline that includes an opening, body, conclusion
    Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
    Make your message clear with supporting material.
    Use appropriate transitions.
    Create a strong opening and conclusion.
    TIME: Five to seven minutes

  3. Get to the Point

    Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.

    Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.

    Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion reinforce the purposes.

    Project sincerity and conviction, and control any nervousness you may feel.

    Strive not to use notes.
    TIME: Five to seven minutes

  4. How to Say It

    Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately, and vividly.

    Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.

    Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  5. Your Body Speaks

    Use stance, movement, gestures facial expressions, and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.

    Make your body language smooth and natural.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  6. Vocal Variety

    Use voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.

    Use pauses to enhance your message.

    Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  7. Research Your Topic

    Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.

    Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

    Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.

    Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  9. Persuade With Power

    Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.

    Appeal to the audience’s interest.

    Use logic and emotion to support your position.

    Avoid using notes.

    Time: 5-7 minutes

  10. Inspire Your Audience

    To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.

    Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama.

    Avoid using notes.

    Time: 8-10 minutes

When you've completed all 10 projects in the Basic Communication Manual you'll achieve the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Award.


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