SPOT – Social Professionals of Toastmasters
New members generally learn quickly about the protocols and progression of our meetings by attending them regularly. Regular attendance helps new members immediately feel more comfortable and confident. Volunteering for minor roles early, will help you prepare for them, as well as for your first formal speech, your Ice Breaker. All members are assigned a mentor upon joining and they must give their speech to their mentor before giving it to the group. Listed are the speeches you will need to give to complete the toastmasters competent communicator program.
Here is your opportunity to give your first prepared talk and “break the ice.” The best way to begin your speaking experience is to talk about the subject closest to you—yourself. At the same time, you will be introducing yourself to your fellow club members and giving them some understanding of your background, your interests and your ambitions. As you prepare and deliver your talk, you will become aware of communication skills you already have and areas that require some work. Your fellow members will help you understand these needs, as they see them.
2. Organize your Speech
a. To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience clearly defined goal; and to build a speech outline that includes an opening, body and conclusion.
3. Get to the Point
a. To determine the general and specific purposes of your speech and organize your speech to meet those purposes;
b. To strengthen the opening and conclusion to reinforce the purposes; and
to project your sincerity and conviction in the topic to control any nervousness.
4. How to Say It
a. To select the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly; and to avoid lengthy words, sentences, and jargon.
5. Your Body Speaks
a. To learn the value of gestures and body movements as part of a speech;
b. To explore different ways of using body language; and
c. To develop a sense of timing and natural, smooth body movement.
6. Vocal Variety
a. To explore the use of voice, volume, pitch, rate, and quality as assets to your speaking voice; and
b. To develop a pleasing natural voice quality when speaking.
7. Research Your Topic
a. To learn to collect information about your topic from numerous sources;
b. To learn to support your points and opinions with specific facts.
8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
a. To learn the values of props in speaking; and
b. To learn how to use props effectively in your presentations.
9. Persuade with Power
a. To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint; and to achieve this persuasive effect by appealing to the audience’s self interest, building a logical foundation for agreement and then arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
10. Inspire your Audience
a. To understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion; and to put those feelings into words and inspire your audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far.
After every speech you give in front of the group, a member will be assigned as your Evaluator and will give you feedback in front of the group. Members will also give you written feedback for you to learn from. and help you to improve.
After completing 10 speeches members can then move on to the Advanced Communicator Manual.