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May 07

First Ten Toastmasters Speeches

Once you’ve joined Toastmasters, you will get a manual that walks you through your first ten speeches. Upon completion of your 10th speech, you will receive a Competent Communicator award from Toastmasters.

 Here is an overview of the first 10 Toastmasters speeches

  1. The Ice Breaker – This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to your fellow club members. Check out my tips on how to give a great icebreaker. Then read the speech I gave for my icebreaker.
  2. Organize Your Speech – The focus of this project is to learn how to best organize a speech so your ideas are presented clearly and with maximum impact. Your objectives are to create a compelling introduction, keep the speech moving by having several main points in your body, and then wrap up in your conclusion. Here’s my speech for this project.
  3. Get to the Point – The goal of this speech is for the speaker to clearly and concisely deliver a message to the audience. Check out my tips and my speech for this project.
  4. How to Say It – With this speech you’ll focus on the particular words you use to deliver a message. The objectives are to keep your speech free of jargon and to use words that are descriptive and pleasing to hear.
  5. Your Body Speaks – This speech will help you get comfortable incorporating body language in your speech in such a way so that it enhances, instead of distracts from, your message.
  6. Vocal Variety – Have you ever listened to a speaker who was completely monotone? The goal of this speech is to learn how to vary your voice to emphasize certain points in your speech and make your speech more interesting.
  7. Research Your Topic – The goal is to give an informative speech citing various sources of information.
  8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids – Learn how to use visual aids effectively. Visual aids should enhance your speech and should be used to demonstrate or illustrate a point. Power point slides are a common choice for this speech, but that is not your only option.
  9. Persuade with Power – In this speech you will persuade your audience to take a certain action or agree with your opinion. The methods learned in the earlier speeches – organization, word selection, body language, etc – will all be useful in persuading your audience.
  10. Inspire Your Audience – This is the speech that ties everything you’ve learned together. At this point you know how to effectively organize your speech and are comfortable incorporating body language, visual aids, and vocal variety. You know how to choose the words that will best illustrate your point and most move your audience.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting tips for each of these project speeches and describing my experience with each of these speeches, so make sure to stay tuned!

For more guidelines, check out these resources – A simplified version of the Competent Communicator manual; The Six Minutes blog has great tips for your first 10 speeches and lots of speech samples.

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