The Competent Communication manual is included in your New Member Kit. The 10 required speeches provide a solid foundation of public speaking skills. Each speech builds on the accomplishments of the previous speech. When you have completed these 10 speeches, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.
CC Award Application (PDF)
Once you have completed this manual, you can progress to manuals in the Advanced Communication Series.
The Advanced Communication Series
No matter what your career or interests, you will find something relevant in our Advanced Communication program. From dealing with a crisis to toasting a bride and groom, Toastmasters can help you plan for life’s challenging communication situations.
The 15 manuals in the Advanced Communication Series are:
The Entertaining Speaker: 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.
Speaking to Inform:Informational speeches 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.
Public Relations: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.
Facilitating Discussion: 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.
Specialty Speeches: 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.
Speeches by Management: 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.
The Professional Speaker: 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.
Technical Presentations: 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.
Persuasive Speaking: 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.
Communicating on Video: 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.
Storytelling: 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.
Interpretive Reading: Reading words written by someone else requires a special set of skills. Projects include reading stories, poetry, monodramas, plays and famous speeches.
Interpersonal Communication: Everyday life presents challenging communication situations. Topics in this manual include conversing with ease, negotiating, handling criticism, coaching someone to improve performance and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.
Special Occasion Speeches: Special events present special speaking opportunities. This manual provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise/giving a eulogy, “roasting” someone and presenting and accepting awards.
Humorously Speaking: 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.
Each Advanced Communication manual contains 5 speeches. When you have completed two of the advanced manuals, you are eligible for one of the Advanced Communication awards.
AC Award Application (PDF)
Members learn to lead by practicing in club roles during weekly meetings.
The Competent Leadership manual is the core of the leadership track. It features 10 projects and an evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you complete the manual, you are eligible for Competent Leader (CL) recognition.
CL Award Application (PDF)
Members who want more leadership experience can become club, area and district officers. Filling these roles fulfills the requirements for the Advanced Leader Bronze and Advanced Leader Silver awards. Members who complete 6 advanced communication manuals in addition to the bronze and silver advanced leadership awards become eligible for the highest award Toastmasters has to offer, the Distinguished Toastmaster Award.
AL/DTM Award Applications (PDF)
Toastmasters has a easy way to keep track of your accomplishments, the Member Achievement Record (PDF)
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