The Competent Communication manual (often called the basic manual) helps you to develop the basic skills that you need to prepare and present an effective speech.
The manual is organized into ten separate projects, each with its own individual focus or objective. An extremely effective tool in developing your speaking skills, the Competent Communication manual never tells you exactly what to do or what to speak about, but rather it provides a set of guidelines for you to think about as you prepare your speech.
As an essential part of the Toastmasters program, another Toastmaster will evaluate each speech that you give, providing positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, as necessary.
After completing the Competent Communication manual, you earn Competent Communicator (CC) or Competent Toastmaster (CTM) recognition and are able to focus your efforts on the projects in the advanced speech manuals of the Toastmasters program.
Your Club Vice President Education can submit an application for a CC or other award. To submit educational awards, go to the “Club Business” section the toastmaster’s website. (a copy of the application can be downloaded here)
The 10 speeches in the CC Manual include:
- The Ice Breaker
- Organize Your Speech
- Get to the Point
- How to Say It
- Your Body Speaks
- Vocal Variety
- Research Your Topic
- Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
- Persuade with Power
- Inspire Your Audience
Click on the above links for examples of each of these types of speeches.