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Competent Toastmaster Program

The primary Toastmasters speaking program is called the Competent Toastmaster (CTM) and consists of 10 speeches. Below is a short description of each assignment.

As part of your membership, you receive a manual with details about the presentations you are to make, suggestions for topics and organization, and a page for an evaluation of your speech. Each of these assignments focuses on some particular area of good public speaking, for example, organization, visual aids, and gestures. The Competent Toastmaster Program speeches are:
1. The Ice Breaker
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.
2. Speak With Sincerity
To convince the audience of your earnestness, sincertiy and conviction on a subject you thoroughly understand; to confront and control any nervousness you may have.
3. Organize Your Speech
To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defined goal; to build a speech outline that includes an opening, body, and conclusion.
4. Show What You Mean
To learn the value of gestures and body movements as part of a speech; to explore the different ways of using body language; to develop a sense of timing and natural, smooth body movements.
5. Vocal Variety
To explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality as assets to your speaking; to apply the principles of a well-developed voice to a particular speech.
6. Work With Words
To gain an understanding of the functions and uses of the spoken word; to select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly, vividly, and appropriately; to avoid common mistakes on word use.
7. Apply Your Skills
To bring together and apply the communication skills you have learned in the preceding projects; to organize your speech in a logical manner, following one of the suggested outlines; to research the facts needed to support your speech.
8. Add Impact to Your Speech
To learn the value of props in speaking, to learn how is use props effectively in your presentation.
9. Persuade With Power
To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint; 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
To understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particualr occasion; to put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far.

Advanced Toastmaster Program

When you have completed all the above speeches to earn your CTM, you can choose two manuals at no charge from the Advanced Toastmaster Program (ATM). To earn an ATM-Bronze, you must complete the assignments from two manuals. These presentations are longer than the CTM programs and allow in-depth research into the following topics:
  • 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 Communication
  • Special Occasion Speeches
  • Humorously Speaking

June 24 th, 2009

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