Communication Track

Competent Communication Program

As soon as you join Esprit de Corps Toastmasters you will receive a starter package consisting of two primary manuals each comprising ten projects with tips and techniques for developing and strengthening communication and leadership skills. The topics of the ten speech projects in the Competent Communication manual are:

Competent Communicator manual

Competent Communicator manual

  1. The ice breaker
  2. Organize your speech
  3. Get to the point
  4. How to say it
  5. Your body speaks
  6. Vocal variety
  7. Research your topic
  8. Get comfortable with visual aides
  9. Persuade with power
  10. Inspire your audience

You’ll learn to speak with confidence, clarity, persuasiveness and enthusiasm. An evaluator will give you verbal and written feedback on every speech you present, pointing out your strengths and offering suggestions for improvement.

Eventually, as you gain experience, you will evaluate speeches of others. Once you have completed all speech projects in the manual you will receive Toastmasters International’s Competent Communicator Award (CC).

Advanced Communication Program

After completing the Competent Communication Program you will receive two manuals of your choice from the Advanced Communication Program. On completion of any two manuals you will receive your Advanced Communicator Bronze Award (ACB). After completing two more advanced manuals and some other projects you can reach Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) and Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) levels.

Each of the 15 advanced manuals includes five speech projects, as described below:

Persuasive speaking

  1. The effective salesperson
  2. Conquering the cold call
  3. The winning proposal
  4. Addressing the opposition
  5. The persuasive leader

Communicating on television

  1. Straight talk
  2. The talk show
  3. When you’re the host
  4. The press conference
  5. Training on television

Storytelling

  1. The folk tale
  2. Let’s get personal
  3. The moral of the story
  4. The touching story
  5. Bringing history to life

Interpretative reading

  1. Read a story
  2. Interpreting poetry
  3. The monodrama
  4. The play
  5. The oratorical speech

Interpersonal communication

  1. Conversing with ease
  2. The successful negociator
  3. Diffusing verbal criticism
  4. The coach
  5. Asserting yourself effectively

Special occasion speeches

  1. Mastering the toast
  2. Speaking in praise
  3. Joining in the roast
  4. Presenting an award
  5. Accepting an award

Humorously speaking

  1. Warm up your audience
  2. Leave them with a smile
  3. Make them laugh
  4. Keep them laughing
  5. The humorous speech

Facilitating Discussion

  1. Learn about moderating a panel discussion
  2. Facilitating a brainstorming meeting
  3. Leading a problem-solving discussion
  4. Handling challenging people during discussions
  5. Helping a problem-solving group achieve a consensus

The Entertaining Speaker

  1. The entertaining speech
  2. Resources for entertainment
  3. Make them laugh
  4. A dramatic talk
  5. Speaking after dinner

Speaking to inform

  1. The speech to inform
  2. Resources for information
  3. The demonstration talk
  4. A fact-finding report
  5. The abstract concept

Public relations

  1. The goodwill speech
  2. The radio talk show
  3. The persuasive approach
  4. Dispel the hostility
  5. The crisis management approach

Specialty Speeches

  1. Speak off the cuff
  2. Uplift the spirit
  3. Sell a product
  4. Read out loud
  5. Introduce the speaker

Speeches by management

  1. The briefing
  2. The technical speech
  3. Manage and motivate
  4. The status report
  5. Confrontation: the adversary relationship

The professional speaker

  1. The keynote address
  2. Speaking to entertain
  3. The sales training speech
  4. The professional speech
  5. The motivational speech

Technical presentations

  1. The technical briefing
  2. The proposal
  3. The non-technical audience
  4. Presenting a technical paper
  5. The team technical presentation

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