Toastmasters Competent Communication: The First 10 Projects

Dale Carnegie in his popular book How to Win Friends and Influence People claimed that all people can talk when they get mad. He said that if you hit the most ignorant man in town on the jaw and knock him down, he would get on his feet and talk with an eloquence, heat and emphasis that would have rivalled that world famous orator William Jennings Bryan at the height of his career. He claimed that almost any person can speak acceptably in public if he or she has self-confidence and an idea that is boiling and stewing within.

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Whether you are a Toastmaster or not, you can rise above the pervasive fear of speaking and become an inspiration to your audience.

This article offers you a dynamic glimpse into each of the ten speech projects which constitute the introductory Toastmasters manual – that is, the Competent Communication manual.

Toastmaster or Non-Toastmaster?

If you are a Toastmaster, this is your guide through the first ten speech projects. We’ll focus on tips, techniques, and practical examples of speeches which demonstrate the goals of each speech project.

If you are not a Toastmaster, or have never taken a public speaking course, this is your window of opportunity into the world of public speaking.

The First Ten Toastmasters Speeches

Listed below are the first ten projects that will make you a Competent Communicator. As a new Toastmaster, you will get a manual that will guide you through doing these speeches.

We have also put together some tips and hints that will give you the confidence to stand up and speak as you journey to become a Competent Communicator (CC):

#1. Toastmasters Speech 1: The Ice Breaker

#2. Toastmasters Speech 2: Organise Your Speech

#3. Toastmasters Speech 3: Get to the Point

#4. Toastmasters Speech 4: How to Say It

#5. Toastmasters Speech 5: Your Body Speaks

#6. Toastmasters Speech 6: Vocal Variety

#7. Toastmasters Speech 7: Research Your Topic

#8. Toastmasters Speech 8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

#9. Toastmasters Speech 9: Persuade with Power

#10. Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience


Using (or Avoiding) Notes

“I learned two lessons: Always bring notes to the lectern, and know that you can recover when your mind goes blank.” – Donne Davis, ACB,CL – went blank whilst giving his 23rd speech. He said it had never happened before and that he lost his train of thought. (Page 3 of Toastmaster magazine, April 2014).

Of all the 10 speech projects, it appears that only projects 3, 9, and 10 discourage the use of notes when speaking before your audience. This is apparently designed to build your confidence as a speaker who can improvise and fully engage an audience for maximum impact.

Competent Communication

Competent communication is achieved when our speech is purpose-driven and intelligently conveyed with reassuring confidence. For example, communication between a doctor and a patient.