Toastmasters International Frequently Asked Questions


Back to Sherman Oaks 147 Home Page

Back to Frequently Asked Questions Index

Next FAQ

Previous FAQ

8. What's a "prepared speech"?

When you join Toastmasters, you receive a basic speaking manual with ten speech projects. Each project calls on you to prepare a speech on a subject of your own choosing but using certain speaking principles. Each manual project lists the objectives for that speech and includes a written checklist for your evaluator to use when evaluating the speech. Thus, if you're scheduled to speak at a meeting, you generally pull out your manual a week or two in advance and put together a speech on whatever you like but paying attention to your goals and objectives for that speech. Then, when you go to the meeting, you hand your manual to your evaluator and that person makes written comments on the checklist while you speak. At the end of the meeting, that person (your evaluator) will rise and give oral commentary as well. The purpose of the extensive preparation and commentary is to show you what you're doing well, what you need to work on, and driving these lessons home so you're constantly improving.

Next FAQ

Previous FAQ

Back to Sherman Oaks 147 Home Page

Back to Frequently Asked Questions Index