Toastmasters Speech 4: How to Say It

Speech Objectives

  • Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately, and vividly.
  • Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasise ideas.
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.

Time: Five to seven minutes

This speech project deals with vocabulary development, rhetorical devices and sentence structure.

Do you often use ambiguous words in your speech? Do you write your speeches with grammatical allure? Is your speechwriting inspired by legal diction?

Legal writings, financial reports, essays, and technical writing all have their place – but none of them are ideal when it comes to speechwriting.

Today’s favoured speaking style places emphasis on communication and the sharing of ideas – not on performance or sermonising.

Speeches which use straightforward, interactive language are more engaging to listen to, easier to follow logically, and more likely to be etched in the memory of the listeners. When you speak, people not only judge your speech – they also judge you. If they are not convinced of your earnestness and sincerity, they are also unlikely to accept your spoken message.

“If you cannot communicate well to your superiors or to the CEO or whoever is looking at you, they will not figure out whether you are smart enough. It’s unfortunate, but that’s a fact!” – Toastmaster Sunil Tamar.

The fourth Toastmasters speech project methodically helps you to use simple, but descriptive language in your speeches.