Toastmasters has a variety of educational materials to offer in your quest to become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Among them are:
Basic Manuals & Guides
Competent Communication Manual
This manual contains the ten basic speech projects that a member must deliver successively in order to achieve the norm of Competent Communicator (CC). Each speech project has a guide on what a member can do to accomplish the objectives of the project. Each speech project will be evaluated, in writing and orally, by another Toastmaster.
Toastmastering is not only about speaking but also leadership. Thus, together with the Competent Communication manual, a new member will receive a Competent Leadership manual. Just in Competent Communication, this manual contains ten projects on leadership, with a guide on how to accomplish each project's objectives.
After completing the ten projects, a member achieves the norm of Competent Leader (CL).
To be an effective speaker, often it takes more than just uttering words. One must have to make proper gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact. As a matter of fact, Competent Communication Project 5 is “Your Body Speaks.” This guide will help the speaker utilize his body as an aid to communication.
Your speaking voice is also an important aspect of effective delivery. Hence, it must be honed. This guide will show you how to do that, in preparation for your Competent Communication Project 6, which is Vocal Variety.
The Advanced Communication Series trains you for speaking situations you may encounter outside of your Toastmasters club. Each of the following five-project manuals may be used toward the Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Communicator Gold awards.
A member who completes the Competent Communication projects for the first time is entitled to two free manuals of his choice.
Entertaining speakers are always in demand. Projects address preparing and delivering an entertaining speech, finding good stories and anecdotes to include in speeches, using humor, incorporating drama into presentations and presenting an after-dinner speech.
Informational speechs are one of the most common types, so most likely you will be asked to present one sometime. this manual contains information about organizing an informational speech, tailoring your speech to the audience, conducting a demonstration, presenting a report and delivering a speech about an abstract subject.
Everyone benefits from the ability to present a good public image. Projects cover preparing a speech that will generate a favorable attitude toward you and your product, company or service, presenting a positive image of yourself and your company or organization on a radio talk show, persuading an audience to accept your viewpoint, addressing a hostile audience and communicating with the public during a crisis situation.
Group discussions are common, and this manual provides instruction in facilitating the most common types of discussions. Learn about moderating a panel discussion, facilitating a brainstorming meeting, leading a problem-solving discussion, handling challenging people during discussions and helping a problem-solving group achieve a consensus.
Speakers are often called upon to give different kinds of talks. This manual contains information about giving the most common ones, and it covers impromptu talks, preparing inspirational speeches, selling a product, reading out loud and introducing a speaker.
Managers encounter a variety of speaking situations in the work environment. This manual offers instruction in giving briefings, preparing and presenting technical speeches, motivating a team, giving a status report and speaking to a hostile group.
Professional speakers can give a variety of presentations to a variety of audiences. This manual offers guidance in preparing and presenting a keynote address, an entertaining speech, a sales training speech, a seminar and a motivational speech. Includes information about marketing yourself as a professional speaker.
Presenting technical information in a way that doesn't bore the audience is challenging. Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the internet.
Successful people know how to influence and persuade others to accept their ideas, products or services. Projects cover selling a product, making "cold calls," preparing a winning proposal, convincing an audience to at least consider your side of a controversial issue or subject and persuading listeners to help bring a vision and mission to reality.
Video presentations require special preparation and attention to details. Learn how to present an editorial, appear as a guest on an interview program, be the host of an interview program, conduct a press conference and use video to train.
A good story enhances your speech and makes it memorable. This manual offers instruction in telling folk tales, personal stories, stories with morals, emotional stories and stories about historical events or people.
Everyday life presents many challenging communication situations. Topics covered in this manual include conversing with ease, negotiating, handling criticism, coaching someone to improve performance and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.
Every speaker benefits from using humor. Learn how to begin a speech with a humorous story to get listeners' attention, end a speech with a humorous story, use humorous stories and anecdotes throughout the body of your speech to emphasize points, incorporate jokes into presentations and prepare and present an entirely humorous speech.
This is a set of programs offering additional information on basic speaking skills. Members will learn new speaking techniques and facts that can help them to further develop their communication skills.
Each program is designed to be presented like a seminar by the Vice President Education or other club member and may take 10 to 15 minutes to present. It is an excellent addition to a club meeting program.
This program emphasizes the importance of constantly building membership and how it is every member's responsibility to help the Club attract new members. It also offers suggestions for finding new members and how to treat guests when they visit your Club.
This program is concerned with the importance of speech evaluations and those who present them. The program offers a number of techniques on how to evaluate so the speaker will not only (1) receive beneficial information and advice, but (2) will also be encouraged to continue getting up in front of the lectern.
This program identifies the many different ways that Toastmasters can influence and enhance the quality of their meetings. If your Club has just added new members, you will find this program especially useful, since it provides an overview of the various meeting roles.
The Success/Communication program employs a unique training method - a seminar format involving all club members. In each module, a seminar leader conducts workshops designed to help participants develop and refine their communication skills.
This speech training program will bring prospective new members into your club to see what Toastmasters is all about.
The Success/Leadership program employs a unique training method - a seminar format involving all club members. In each module, a seminar leader conducts workshops designed to help participants develop and refine their leadership skills.
How to Conduct Productive Meetings
A group leader working from a Coordinator's Guide reviews the techniques and dyanamics of small group meetings.
This five-project program offers instruction and practice in such vital leadership skills and activities as developing a mission and vision, goal-setting and planning, identifying values and building a team.
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