Your Journey with Speakers of Croydon

By following the Toastmasters’ COMMUNICATION TRACK, beginning with the COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR manual at Speakers of Croydon. You will receive this in your membership pack when you join Speakers of Croydon. You can complete this at your own pace, with help from your allocated mentor and the support of club officers and members.
The 10 speech projects in this manual will help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for Competent Communicator (CC) recognition.You’ll receive a CC certificate and, if this is your first CC award, two Advanced Communication Series manuals for you to continue to the ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR BRONZE. Leadership skills can also be obtained through the COMPETENT LEADER manual; this will also be found in your membership pack.

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1 The Icebreaker

Time: 4-6 minutes
Objectives: To begin speaking before an audience, to help you understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development and to introduce yourself to your club members.
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 1 – The Ice Breaker

2 Organise Your Speech

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand you, using supporting material and transitioning from one idea to the next appropriately. Use a strong opening and conclusion.
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 2 – Organize Your Speech

3 Get to the Point

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To prepare a speech that has a clear general purpose (to inform, persuade, entertain or inspire) and a specific purpose, well organised, projecting sincerity and conviction.
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 3 – Get to the Point

4 How To Say It

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To use words and arrangements of words that effectively communicate your message, making sure it is clear, accurate, and descriptive. Use of simple words and correct grammar, with a clear purpose and be well organised.
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 4 – How to Say It

5 Your Body Speaks

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and make your body language smooth and natural. You’ll also evaluate your progress.
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 5 – Your Body Speaks

6 Vocal Variety

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality as assets to your speaking, and to achieve a pleasing, natural voice quality when speaking
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 6 – Vocal Variety

7 Research Your Topic

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To collect information about your chosen topic from a variety of sources, and to support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations..
Tips, techniques and topics ideas: Toastmasters Speech 7 – Research Your Topic

8 Comfortable with Visual Aids

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To learn the value of props in speaking, and learn how to use props and visual aids effectively in your presentations.

9 Persuade with Power

Time: 5-7 minutes
Objectives: To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint. You’ll need 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.

10 Inspire Your Audience

Time: 8-10 minutes
Objectives: Your final project is to understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion, and to put those feelings into words to inspire the audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far. You’ll also evaluate your progress again.

Competent Communicator Award

After completing the Competent Communicator Manual, members earn Competent Communicator Award (CC) and are able to focus their efforts on the projects in the advanced speech manuals of the Toastmasters program.

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