Competent Communicator

The base speech program that every member of Toastmasters club takes (before continuing to various advanced programs) is called Competent Communicator (or just CC). 

The program consists of 10 speech projects:

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.
Note: At Lviv Toastmasters club we encourage people to deliver their first speech by presenting them with a prize - a Toastmasters mug. Deliver an ice-breaker speech and get your mug!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

On accomplishing the CC program a club member may continue with one or more advanced programs, there are 15 total to choose from. 
Learn more at Toastmasters International website.

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