Competent Communicator

1. The Ice Breaker

To begin speaking before an audience.
To help you understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development.
To introduce yourself to your fellow club members.

Time: Four to six minutes.

2. Organize Your Speech

Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
Make your message clear with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
Create a strong opening and conclusion.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

3. Get to the Point

Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purpose.
Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.
Strive not to use notes.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

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 emphasize ideas.
Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

5. Your Body Speaks

Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
Make your body language smooth and natural.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

6. Vocal Variety

Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
Use pauses to enhance your message.
Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

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.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

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.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

9. Persuade With Power

Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
Appeal to the audience’s interests.
Use logic and emotion to support your position.
Avoid using notes.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

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.
Avoid using notes.

Time: Eight to ten minutes..