Communication Programs

Competent Communication Program

The Competent Communication manual is designed to give new members a strong start in developing a core set of skills for public speaking. Each of the ten projects in this basic manual focuses on a certain aspect of speech making – from organization to delivery and builds upon what you have learned in the preceding project. Completion of the Competent Communication manual fulfills the requirement for the Competent Communicator (CC) award.

  1. Ice Breaker (4 to 6 minutes) – Begin speaking before an audience by introducing yourself to your fellow Club members and giving them some information about your background, interests and ambitions.
  2. Organize Your Speech (5 to 7 minutes) – Organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defned goal.
  3. Get to the Point (5 to 7 minutes) – Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion of your speech reinforces your purpose and project sencerity and conviction.
  4. How to Say It (5 to 7 minutes) – Select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly by avoiding lengthy words and sentences and jargon.
  5. Your Body Speaks (5 to 7 minutes) – Learn the value of gestures, body movements and eye contact as part of a speech and explore the different ways of using body language.
  6. Vocal Variety (5 to 7 minutes) – Explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate and quality as assets to your speaking and achieve a pleasing natural voice quality when speaking.
  7. Research Your Topic (5 to seven minutes) – Collect information about your topic from numerous sources and carefully support points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations.
  8. Get Comfortable With Visual Aids (5 to 7 minutes) – Learn the value of visual aids in speaking and how to use them effectively in your presentations.
  9. Persuade with Power (5 to 7 minutes) – Present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint 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 (8 to 10 minutes) – Understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion and put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far.

Advanced Communication Program

Becoming a Competent Communicator is just the first step in the learning process. You can earn additional recognition by participating in the Advanced Communication Program (AC) (3 levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold). Each level of the AC program consists of completing two manuals of 5 speeches from the following:

  • The Entertaining Speaker
  • Speaking to Inform
  • Public Relations
  • The Discussion Leader
  • Specialty Speeches
  • Speeches by Management
  • The Professional Speaker
  • Technical Presentations
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Communicating on Television
  • Storytelling
  • Interpretive Reading
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Special Occasion Speeches
  • Humorously Speaking

Better Speaker Series  

Fulfills one of the requirements for Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) award. The Better Speaker Series is a set of educational speeches on speaking-related topics. The program includes a script outlining the workshop and a PowerPoint presentation on CD.

  • Beginning Your Speech
  • Concluding Your Speech
  • Take the Terror Out of A Talk
  • Selecting Your Topic
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Know Your Audience
  • Organizing Your Speech
  • Creating an Introduction
  • Preparation and Practice
  • Using Body Language

Success Communication Series 

Fulfills one of the requirements for Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award. It is comprised of several modular programs designed to offer a higher, more comprehensive level of training. Each module is conducted as a workshop of one or more sessions.

  • Speech craft
  • How to Listen Effectively
  • The Art of Effective Evaluation
  • Building Your Thinking Power I: Mental Flexibility
  • Building Your Thinking Power II: The Power of Ideas
  • From Speaker to Trainer

Successful Club Series

Fulfills one of the requirements forAdvanced Communicator Silver (ACS) or Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) award. It is a set of educational speeches focused on improving the quality of club meetings, with tips on attracting and maintaining members.

  • Moments of Truth
  • Finding New Members for Your Club
  • Evaluate to Motivate
  • Closing the Sale
  • Creating the Best Club Climate
  • Meeting Roles and Responsibilities
  • Mentoring
  • Keeping the Commitment
  • Going Beyond Our Club
  • How to be a Distinguished Club
  • The Toastmasters Educational Program