Competent Communicator

Competent Communicator

 Competent Communicator (CC)

During this stage, a Toastmaster(TM) learns and improves basic skills required for an effective speech. There are 10 speeches in this stage, and a TM who successfully completes all the speeches is awarded the Competent Communicator(CC) award. The details of the speech from the Competent Communicator Manual are available below.

Project Number Skills Learning objectives Time Available
1 The Ice Breaker
  • To begin speaking before an audience.
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
  • To introduce yourself to your fellow club members.
4-6 Minutes
2 Organize Your Speech
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion
5-7 Minutes
3 Get to the Point
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purpose.
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.
  • Strive not to use notes.
5-7 Minutes
4 How to Say It
  • Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.
  • Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.
5-7 Minutes
5 Your Body Speaks
  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express tour message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
  • Make your body language smooth and natural.
  • Focus on methods of delivery, but do not overlook speech content.
5-7 Minutes
6 Vocal Variety
  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  • Use pauses to enhance your message.
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.
5-7 Minutes
7 Research Your Topic
  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.
5-7 Minutes
8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
5-7 Minutes
9 Persuade with Power

  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some
  • action.
  • Appealing to the audience’s interests.
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  • Avoid using notes.
5-7 Minutes
10 Inspire Your Audience
  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives
  • and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and
  • quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.
8-10 Minutes

(adapted from the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Manual )