Communication Track

The Communication Track deals with public speaking and starts with the Competent Communicator Manual which includes 10 independent projects. Each project consists of the preparation and delivery of a single speech and focus on a key public speaking skill such as speech structure, vocal variety or body language. After completion of all ten projects you will be eligible for the Competent Communicator (CC) award.

Competent Communication Manual
Project Title Duration (Minutes) Objectives
1 – The Ice Breaker 4 – 6
  • 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 – Organize Your Speech 5 – 7
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion
 3 – Get To The Point 5 – 7
  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes
  • Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion reinforce the purposes
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel
  • Strive not to use notes
 4 – How To Say It 5 – 7
  • Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly
  • Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar
 5 – Your Body Speaks 5 – 7
  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose
  • Make your body language smooth and natural
 6 – Vocal Variety 5 – 7
  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message
  • Use pauses to enhance your message
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally
 7 – Research Your Topic 5 – 7
  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research
 8 – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids 5 – 7
  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence
 9 – Persuade With Power 5 – 7
  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action
  • Appeal to the audience’s interests
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position
  • Avoid using notes
 10 – Inspire Your Audience 8 – 10
  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama
  • Avoid using notes

Then, according to your interests you choose between 15 Advanced Communication Manuals each with 5 speech projects. By completing any two aditional manuals you are elegible for a new Advance Communicator Award. With the first two ones, you can get Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), then with another two Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) and with the following two ones: Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG).

Advanced Communication Manuals
The Entertaining Speaker
Speaking to Inform
Public Relations
Facilitating Discussion
Specialty Speeches
Speeches by Management
The Professional Speaker
Technical Presentations
Persuasive Speaking
Communicating on Video
Interpretive Reading
Interpersonal Communication
Special Occasion Speeches
Humorously Speaking

Finally, if you have become ACG, and have also completed the Leadership Track, you are automatically entitled to be Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the top award at Toastmasters.