Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. Members interested in building their public speaking and communication skills begin with Competent Communication. Along with completing project speeches, one gets an exposure to tackle dealing with impromptu speaking skills and thinking on your feet. Mentors assigned to individual members aid and guide every member on their journey.
The Toastmasters Education Program consists of the two tracks – Communication track and the Leadership track. Here, we look into the Communication track in detail.
The 10 speech projects in the Competent Communication manual help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time, starting from simple Ice Breaker speech to motivational speeches. When you finish all of the projects, you are eligible for the Competent Communicator award.
After receiving the Competent Communicator award, you can begin to develop more advanced speaking and communication skills through the Advanced Communication Series manuals. There are 15 in all, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn.
While working in the advanced manuals, you’ll refine and enhance your speaking skills and become eligible for several awards. Eligibility requirements are listed below.
By the time you earn the Advanced Communicator Gold award, you will have completed six of the available Advanced Communication Series manuals and will have learned many valuable speaking skills.