major portion of each
meeting is centered around two or three speakers. Their speeches are prepared
based on manual project objectives and should last from five to seven minutes
for projects in the Competent Communicator
and eight or more minutes, depending on the assignment, for projects in
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Preparation is essential to success when you are the speaker.
TO THE MEETING
Check the meeting schedule to find out when you are to speak. In order to get
the most benefits from the program, prepare a speech based on a manual project.
If you follow the numerical order of the projects, you will find that each
project builds on the skills learned in previous projects. Although there
is no set "rule" for the order of giving your speeches, the numerical order is
the path easiest followed.
Before your meeting ask the
evaluator for your
evaluator’s name. Speak to your
evaluator and talk about the manual speech you’ll be giving. Discuss with the
evaluator your speech goals and personal concerns. Emphasize where you feel your
speech ability needs strengthening. Remember to bring your manual to the
YOU ENTER THE ROOM
Arrive early. Test any multi-media equipment you
might need (projector, microphone, etc.) before everyone arrives.
Protect yourself from all of the problems that can distract from your talk.
Sit near the front of the room for quick and easy access to the lectern.
Carefully plan your approach to the lectern and speech
sure you give your manual to your evaluator before the
you don’t write your own speech introduction, make
certain that the Toastmaster of the meeting has prepared a good
one for you.
your full attention to the speakers at the lectern. Avoid
studying your speech notes while someone else is talking.
introduced, smoothly leave your chair and walk to the
lectern as planned.
you begin your speech, acknowledge the Toastmaster and the
audience (Toastmasters and guests).
finishing your speech, never thank your audience.
Simply return control of the meeting to the Toastmaster of the
Always wait for the Toastmaster to return to the
lectern, then return to your seat.
During the evaluation of your speech, listen intently for
helpful hints that will assist in building better future talks.
attention to suggestions from other members.
your manual from your evaluator. At this time discuss any
questions you may have concerning your evaluation to
clarify any misinterpretations.
the Vice President Education initial the Project
Completion Record in the back of your manual.
Start thinking of your next speech!