Competent Communication Programme

This page outlines the Toastmasters Competent Communication Programme and lists the 10 projects to be completed for the Competent Communicator Award.

Effective December 6, 2017, new members will be using the Pathways Educational Programmehowever the previous programme is still available and awards gained under it may be registered until mid - 2020. Throughout this section, the "Competent" and :Advanced" awards will be referred to as the "Legacy" programme. 

First award in the Toastmasters Legacy Programme

The Toastmasters Communication Programme consists of the following awards:

  • Competent Communicator (CC)
  • Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)
  • Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)
  • Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)

In order to receive these awards, Toastmasters must complete a number of assignments, the first of which is the Competent Communicator Award.

Competent Communicator Award

Cover of Competent Communication Manual.

The Competent Communication Manual (pictured above) is designed to give new members a strong start in developing a core set of skills for public speaking. Each of the ten projects in this basic manual focuses on a certain aspect of speech making - from organisation to delivery. 

This Manual helps you develop the basic skills you need to prepare and present an effective speech.

Ten Projects to complete in your own time

The manual is organized into ten separate projects, each with its own individual focus or objective. An extremely effective tool in developing your speaking skills, the manual does not tell you exactly what to do or what to speak about, but rather it provides a set of guidelines for you to think about as you prepare your speech.

The ten speeches in the Manual can be divided into three broad categories: 

  1. beginning speeches, 
  2. "mechanical" speeches, and
  3. "put it all together" speeches. 

Ideally, speeches 1, 2 and 3 should be given in order, while Speech 10 should definitely be the last speech. Outside of those limitations, there is flexibility within each group as to the order you present them, although it is recommended that you follow the order of the manual.

As an essential part of the Toastmasters programme, a fellow Toastmaster will evaluate each speech you give, providing positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Competent Communicator Award Projects

The list below describes the ten projects in the Manual. There is nothing to stop you including elements from later speeches (such as visual aids) into earlier ones; you evaluator will still comment on the effectiveness of doing this, but is also likely to observe they are not a requirement of the project you are doing. 

Project 1 - The Icebreaker.
Timing: 4-6 minutes.
Objective: To introduce yourself to your fellow club members, discover the strong points you have, and also something to work on in subsequent speeches.

Project 2 - Organise your Speech.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objective: To organise your speech with a strong opening, structured points, and a memorable conclusion.

Project 3 - Get to the Point.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objective: To show sincerity and earnestness on a topic of interest to you, and learn the difference between the intent of your speech and the topic you are presenting.

Project 4 - How to Say It.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objective: To use precision in word choice, and avoid using jargon.

Project 5 - Your Body Speaks.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objectives: To use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact effectively.

Project 6 - Vocal Variety.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objectives: To use your voice volume, pitch, rate and quality effectively to add meaning to your message.

Project 7 - Research Your Topic.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objectives: To collect information about your topic from a variety of sources to support your points.

Project 8 - Get Comfortable with Visual Aids.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objectives: To select and use appropriate visual aids to aid understanding and enhance your points.

Project 9 - Persuade with Power.
Timing: 5-7 minutes.
Objectives: To us logic and emotion in persuading your audience to adopt (or at least consider) your viewpoint or ideas, or to take some action.

Project 10 - Inspire your Audience.
Timing: 8-10 minutes.
Objectives: To inspire your audience by appealing to their noble motives and challenge them to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.

Gain recognition

After completing the Competent Communication Manual, you can apply for the Competent Communicator Award (CC).

Links to More Resources

Toastmasters International Communication Track

Gestures: your body speaks

Your Speaking Voice