Speaking

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Where speakers and leaders are made.

Confidence. The ability to communicate, persuade and lead. This is what the Toastmasters program delivers!

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Competent Communicator Program

'The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do'

Our members all have a variety of reasons for joining our club. One of the most common is to gain the self-confidence to speak in front of an audience without feeling petrified. We help our members achieve this by increasing their confidence and skills in a variety of ways.

Firstly we provide a safe and supporting environment where no one needs to be afraid of making mistakes or looking silly. We all support and encourage one another to succeed.

Secondly we provide clear guidance on how to present and deliver a speech. When you become a member of 1st London Toastmasters, you will receive several manuals, one of which is one called the Competent Communicator.

The Competent Communicator contains a series of ten speech projects. As you work through the projects, you will find that each speech builds upon the skills learned in previous one. By learning these skills you are on your way to becoming a masterful speaker

Overview of the First Ten Toastmasters Speeches:

Speech 1: The Ice Breaker
The first speech of the Toastmasters program is about introducing yourself to your peers, providing a benchmark for your current skill level, and standing and speaking without falling over.

Speech 2: Organize Your Speech
Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.

Speech 3: Get to the Point
Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.

Speech 4: How to Say It
Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.

Speech 5: Your Body Speaks
Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.

Speech 6: Vocal Variety
Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.

Speech 7: Research Your Topic
Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.

Speech 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.

Speech 9: Persuade With Power
Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.

Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience
The last of ten speeches, this project challenges the speaker to draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message.


Each meeting has structure to maximise the learning opportunity! Meetings are carefully timed and every speaker receives positive feedback to learn and improve. Toastmasters is peer lead. This is a non-profit and all members and executives volunteer their time to help others learn.

At 1st London Toastmasters we encourage  our members to take on different roles at all of our meetings.

Each role helps you to develop different skills and gradually improves your confidence.

In addition to giving a speech at our meetings, the other main roles are -

Timekeeper
Grammarian
Table Topics Master
Table Topics Evaluator
Speech Evaluator
Sergeant at Arms
General Evaluator