District ONE

Communications Manuals

Competent Communication Manual

This manual contains the first 10 speeches that you will complete as a Toastmaster. When you complete these speeches, you will receive the Competent Communicator (CC) designation. The CC has replaced the Competent Toastmaster (CTM) designation.

  1. 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 Aids
  9. Persuade With Power
  10. Inspire Your Audience
1. The Ice Breaker
For your first speech project, you will introduce yourself to your fellow club members and give them some information about your background, interests, and ambitions. Practice giving your speech to friends or family members, and strive to make eye contact with some of your audience. You may use notes during your speech if you wish. Read the entire project before preparing your talk.
Time: 4 - 6 minutes
Objectives:  •  To begin speaking before an audience.
 •  To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention
 •  To introduce yourself to your fellow club members.

Advanced Manuals

After you receive your Competent Communicator (CC) designation, you may begin giving speeches from the Advanced manuals. Completion of any two manuals is a requirement for an Advanced Communicator designation (e.g. Advanced Communicator Bronze). The Advanced Communicator designations have replaced the Advanced Toastmaster (ATM) designations.

  1. Communicating on Television
  2. Humorously Speaking
  3. Interpersonal Communications
  4. Interpretive Reading
  5. Persuasive Speaking
  6. Public Relations
  7. Speaking to Inform
  8. Special Occasion Speeches
  9. Specialty Speeches
  10. Speeches by Management
  11. Storytelling
  12. Technical Presentations
  13. The Discussion Leader
  14. The Entertaining Speaker
  15. The Professional Speaker
Communicating on Television

1. Straight Talk
Time: 3 minutes +/- 30 seconds
  • To effectively present an opinion or viewpoint in a short time.
  • To stimulate giving a presentation as part of a television broadcast.
2. The Talk Show
Time: 10 minutes +/- 30 seconds
  • To understand the dynamics of a television interview or "talk" show.
  • To prepare for the questions that may be asked of you during a television interview program.
  • To present a positive image on the television camera.
  • To appear as a guest on a simulated television talk show.
3. When You`re the Host
Time: 10 minutes +/- 30 seconds
  • To conduct a successful television interview.
  • To understand the dynamics of a successful television interview or "talk" show.
  • To prepare questions to ask during the interview program.
  • To present a positive, confident image on the television camera.
4. The Press Conference
Time: 4-6 minutes, plus 8-10 minutes (Q&A)
  • To understand the nature of a television press conference.
  • To prepare for an adversary confrontation on a controversial or sensitive issue.
  • To employ appropriate preparation methods and strategies for communicating your organization`s viewpoint.
  • To present and maintain a positive image on television.
5. Training On Television
Time: 5-7 minutes,
plus 5-7 minutes for video playback
  • To learn how to develop and present an effective training program on television.
  • To receive personal feedback through the videotaping of your presentation.

Note: For some speech projects, the presentation time may also include additional segments for such activities as question-and-answer periods, depending on the project.

Better Speaker Series

The Better Speaker series is a set of speeches on speaking-related subjects. Conducting two programs from this series fulfills one of the requirements for the Advanced Communicator Silver designation

Title Time
Beginning Your Speech 10-15
Concluding Your Speech 10-15
Creating an Introduction 10-15
Impromptu Speaking 10-15
Know Your Audience 10-15
Organizing Your Speech 10-15
Preparation and Practice 10-15
Selecting Your Topic 10-15
Take the Terror out of a Talk 10-15
Use Body Language 10-15

Success/Communication Programs

The Success/Communication programs combine training and practice to enable participants to develop higher-level communication and leadership skills. Completion of a Success/Communication program fulfills one of the requirements for the Advanced Communicator Gold designation.

  1. Speechcraft
  2. How to Listen Effectively
  3. The Art of Effective Evaluation
  4. Build Your Thinking Power I: Mental Flexibility
  5. Building Your Thinking Power II: The Power of Ideas
  6. From Speaker to Trainer
Speechcraft is a program designed to develop leadership skills as well as teach speaking skills in a seminar workshop format. In delivering this four-to-eight session program you will help others to gain confidence in communication which includes writing and delivering speeches, impromptu speaking, the use of visual aids and body language and effective listening.

Exercises    •  Developing impromptu speaking skills

 •  Delivering prepared speeches

 •  Learning to evaluate effectively

 •  Practicing parliamentary procedure

 •  Conducting quality meetings

 •  Enhancing leadership abilities

Time: 4, 6 or 8 sessions, 1-2 hours each

Successful Club Series

Speeches in the Successful Club series focus on improving the quality of meetings and the club as a whole. Completion of two of these speeches fulfills one of the requirements for the Advanced Communicator Silver or the Advanced Leader Bronze designation.

Presentation Title Time
The Moments of Truth 30-40
Finding New Members for Your Club 10-15
Evaluate to Motivate 10-15
Closing the Sale 15-20
Creating the Best Club Climate 10-15
Meeting Roles and Responsibilities 10-15
Mentoring 30-40
Keeping the Commitment 15-20
Going Beyond Our Club 15-20
How To Be A Distinguished Club 10-15
The Toastmasters Education Program 10-15