Competent Communicator Manual

CC manual coverWhen you join Broadgate Speakers and Toastmasters International, you will be supplied with the Competent Communication manual  to help guide you through aspects of your speaking such as structuring a speech, body language, vocal variety, using persuasive language.

We will help and encourage you to complete each of the 10 speeches detailed in the Toastmasters Competent Communication manual. Each speech has several different objectives to meet, although you will be free to choose the topic.

We have listed the objective for each speech below so that you can see for yourself the types of skills you will be improving and the length of your speech.

Speech 1
‘The Icebreaker’ (4-6 minutes)

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

Speech 2
‘Organise Your Speech’ (5-7 minutes)

Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech
Make your speech clear with supporting material directly contributing to that message
Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another
Create a strong opening and closing

Speech 3
‘Get to the Point’ (5-7 minutes)

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

Speech 4
‘How to Say it’ (5-7 minutes)

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

Speech 5
‘Your Body Speaks’ (5-7 minutes)

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

Speech 6
‘Vocal Variety’ (5-7 minutes)

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

Speech 7
‘Research Your Topic’ (5-7 minutes)

Collect information about your topic from numerous sources
Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research

Speech 8
‘Add Impact to Your Speech’ (5-7 minutes)

Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience
Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence

Speech 9
‘Persuade With Power’ (5-7 minutes)

Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action
Appeal to the audience’s interests
Avoid using notes

Speech 10
‘Inspire Your Audience’ (8-10 minutes)

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 quote to add drama
Avoid using notes