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No doubt youíve guessed that the
speaking program is the center of every Toastmasters meeting. After all,
whatís Toastmasters without the talking? But members donít just stand up
and start yakking. They use the guidelines in the Competent
Communication (CC) manual and the Advanced Communication Series
(ACS) manuals to fully prepare their presentations.
The CC manual speeches usually last 5-7 minutes.
ACS manual project speeches are 5-7 minutes or longer depending upon the
Every speaker is a role model and club members
learn from one anotherís speeches. Prepare and rehearse to ensure you present
the best speech possible. Donít insult your fellow club members by delivering a
poorly prepared speech. However, itís also true that no speech is perfect. So,
get out there and try! Hereís what to do:
- Check your clubís meeting schedule
regularly to find out when youíre assigned to speak. Begin working
on the speech at least a week in advance. That way, you have enough time to
devote to research, organization and rehearsal.
- If you donít write your own speech
introduction, make sure the Toastmaster of the meeting prepares a good one
- Several days before the meeting,
ask the general evaluator for your evaluatorís name. Talk with your
evaluator about the speech youíll give. Discuss your speech goals and
personal concerns. Let your evaluator know where you believe your speech
ability needs strengthening, so he or she can pay special attention to those
aspects of your presentation. Remember to bring your manual to the meeting.
- You should arrive at the meeting
early to check the microphone, lighting and anything else that
could malfunction and ruin your talk. Give your manual to your evaluator
before the meeting starts and discuss any last-minute issues with him or
her. Sit near the front of the room and carefully plan your approach to the
lectern and your speech opening.
- During the meeting, give your full
attention to the speakers at the lectern. Donít study your speech
notes while someone else is talking. When youíre introduced, smoothly and
confidently leave your chair and walk to the lectern. After your speech,
wait for the Toastmaster to return to the lectern, then return to your seat.
Listen intently during your evaluation for helpful hints that will assist in
building better future talks.
- After the meeting, reclaim your
manual from your evaluator. Discuss any questions you may have
concerning your evaluation to clarify and avoid any misinterpretations.
- Finally, have the vice president
education (VPE) initial the Project Completion Record in the back of your
Youíll enjoy a growing sense of confidence as
you repeat these steps with new speech projects. Donít be afraid to do the work,
enjoy the applause and reap the educational benefits. Your courage will be
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