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)
- To begin speaking before an audience.
- To help you understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development.
- To introduce yourself to your club members.
#2 - Be In Earnest (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To convince the audience of your earnestness, sincerity, and conviction on a subject you
- To confront and control any nervousness you may have.
#3 - Organize Your Speech (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly
- To build a speech outline that includes an opening, body, and conclusion.
Group II: Mechanical Speeches
#4 - Show What You Mean (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To learn the value of gestures and body movements as part of a speech.
- To explore the different ways of using body language.
- To develop a sense of timing and natural, smooth body movement.
#5 - Vocal Variety (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality as assets to your speaking.
- To apply the principles of a well-developed voice to a particular speech.
#6 - Work With Words (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To gain an understanding of the functions and uses of the spoken word.
- To select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly, vividly,
- To avoid common mistakes in word use.
Group III: Put It All Together Speeches
#7 - Apply Your Skills (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To bring together and apply the communication skills you have learned in the
- To organize your speech in a logical manner, following one of the suggested outlines.
- To research the facts needed to support your speech.
- To make a personal evaluation of your progress.
#8 - Make It Persuasive (5 - 7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal of viewpoint.
- To achieve this persuasive effect by appealing to the audience's self interest, building a
logical foundation for agreement, and arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
#9 - Speak With Knowledge (7 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To gather accurate, up-to-date information on a subject so you can expand your knowledge
and that of your audience.
- To write a speech based on the insights gained from your research.
- To read the speech before the club in an interesting, lively, and meaningful manner.
#10 - Inspire Your Audience (8 - 10 min, +/- 30 sec)
- To understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion.
- To put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all the techniques you
have learned so far.
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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