The Role Goals and Objectives:
Giving a prepared speech provides an excellent opportunity to practice your communication and leadership skills, including planning, organization, and time management.
At Creekbank Club, a member has to attend at least 1 meeting before giving an Icebreaker speech. Coordinate your speech scheduling with VP of Education.
Before the meeting:
- Check the meeting schedule for your time to speak.
- Begin working on your speech enough in advance to allow time for research, organization, and rehearsal. If you plan to give a speech based on a Pathways project, be sure to make use of the project checklist provided. It will give you a comprehensive overview of each step you need to accomplish to complete your project.
- Write a speech introduction or ensure that the Toastmaster of the meeting prepares one for you.
- Check the name of your evaluator on the meeting website page. You may need to contact the General Evaluator, Toastmaster, or Vice President of Education for the information. Communicate with your evaluator about your project and the speech you will be presenting. If possible, email the evaluation resource for your Pathways project to your evaluator.
- Be sure to discuss your goals and any personal concerns about your speaking skills with your evaluator. Emphasize areas you are working on that you would like your evaluator to note.
- You may also choose to bring a printed version of your Pathways evaluation resource to your meeting. If you are working in the current education program, remember to bring your manual to the meeting.
At the meeting:
- Arrive early so you can check any props or equipment needed for your speech before everyone arrives.
- Sit near the front of the room for quick and easy access to the lectern.
- If you have a printed version of your evaluation resource, or are working in the current education program, provide your evaluator with the resource or your manual before the meeting begins.
During the meeting:
- Give your full attention to the speakers at the lectern. Avoid studying your speech notes while someone else is talking.
- When introduced, walk with confidence to the lectern.
- When you begin your speech, acknowledge your fellow Toastmasters and guests.
- Plan your speech closing as carefully as your opening. Those finishing touches will bring on the applause and really make a mark!
- Never thank your audience. The audience will be thanking you for your effort with their applause
- After you finish your speech, wait for the Toastmaster to return to the lectern before taking your seat.
- During your speech evaluation, listen for helpful advice that will assist you in delivering better speeches in the future.
After the meeting:
- When your evaluator returns your written evaluation to you, ask him or her any questions you have about your scores or any written comments.
- Take a moment to review any evaluations or comments you receive from other club members in the form of written notes.
- Request feedback from club members on Base Camp and read any feedback that has been posted.
- If your evaluator filled printed evaluation copy, scan the pages or make photos of them and upload them into your Documents section on Pathways.
- If you have completed all the requirements for a level and you are ready to move on, send the level completion request to your Vice President of Education.
- When you complete a project in the current program, ask the Vice President of Education to initial the Project Completion Record in your manual or if you work with Pathways, complete “After” assessment survey in your project to complete it.
For more resources of the role fulfilment, please visit Toastmasters.org Role Page and Easy Speak Knowledge Base.