Communication Track

COMPETENT COMMUNICATION PATHWAY The Competent Communication pathway is a series of ten speech projects, designed to lead you through the various techniques of accomplished “speechcraft” in a step-by-step way, layering the skills on one another until you reach your first Toastmasters communication award. TITLE,OBJECTIVES & TIME ALLOWED 1 The Ice Breaker
  • To begin speaking before an audience
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention
  • 4 - 6 minutes
2 Organise Your Speech
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and  understand your speech
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion
  • 5- 7 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
  • 5 - 7 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 interests
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position
  • Avoid using notes
  • 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
  • 8 - 10 minutes
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