Basic Manual Speeches - Old Version


There are ten speeches in the Basic Manual which can be divided into three broad categories: (1) beginning speeches, (2) "mechanical" speeches, and (3) "put it all together" speeches. Speeches #1 through #3 should probably be given in order and #10 should definitely be the last speech. Outside of those limitations, there is considerable flexibility within each group as to the order you present them.

The generic titles, time limits, and objectives of the speeches in the basic manual are as follows:

Group I: Beginning Speeches

#1 - The Ice Breaker (4 - 6 min, +/- 30 sec)

#2 - Be In Earnest (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#3 - Organize Your Speech (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)


Group II: Mechanical Speeches

#4 - Show What You Mean (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#5 - Vocal Variety (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#6 - Work With Words (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)


Group III: Put It All Together Speeches

#7 - Apply Your Skills (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#8 - Make It Persuasive (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#9 - Speak With Knowledge (7 min, +/- 30 sec)

#10 - Inspire Your Audience (8 - 10 min, +/- 30 sec)


Upon the completion of all ten speeches, you are awarded the "Competent Toastmaster" (CTM) designation when you submit the appropriate form to Toastmasters International (TI). If you prefer, a letter will be sent by TI notifying your employer of this significant achievement.


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