Competent Communicator

The Competent Communicator (CC) Programme is the main communication programme in Toastmasters. It teaches you the principle skills of public speaking which you can keep building on and enhancing.

There are ten speech projects in the CC manual with each lasting 5-7 minutes. Members work through the manual at their own speed.

Speech project Learn how to:
    1. The Ice Breaker
  • Begin speaking in front of an audience
  • Introduce yourself to the club
  • Discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention
    2. Organise Your Speech
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily understand your speech
  • Make your message clear with supporting material directly contributing to the message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one to another
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion
    3. Get to the Point
  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purpose
  • Organise the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel
    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 emphasise ideas
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words and use correct grammar
    5. Your Body Speaks
  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your messages and achieve your speech’s purpose
  • Make your body language smooth and natural
    6. Vocal Variety
  • Use voice, volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning to your message
  • Use pause to enhance your message
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally
    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
    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
    9. Persuade with Power
  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas to take some action
  • Appeal to the audience’s interest
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position
    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