Education

When joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives a variety of manuals and resources on speaking. Members also have access to other books as well as audio and video cassettes on speaking and leading. They also receive the award-winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.

In the basic "Communication and Leadership" manual, there are ten speech projects:
  • Icebreaker
    begin speaking before an audience, discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need attention
  • Organize your speech
    select an outline that allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech
  • Get to the Point
    prepare a speech that has a general purpose (to inform, persuade, entertain or inspire) and a specific purpose
  • How You Say It
    select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly
  • Your Body Speaks
    use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose
  • Vocal Variety
    use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message
  • Research Your Topic
    support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research
  • Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
    select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience, use them correctly with ease and confidence
  • Persuade With Power
    persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action
  • Inspire Your Audience
    the final speech in the manual calls on you to inspire your audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement