Fast Track To Advanced Toastmaster
A guide to the objectives, time, and materials

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The Discussion Leader  226-D

Project 1: The Seminar Solution
Objectives:
• Present a short introductory talk or brief lecture describing a theory, model, or information about a topic that will be discussed in groups after the presentation.
• Organize the information so that it is easy to understand and can be remembered.
• Orient the group to think about the specific goal of the discussion that follows.
• Use a buzz session discussion technique to promote group participation in deriving information leading to a solution to the problem.
Group Size:  Club Members
Materials: Flip chart, grease pencil, six notepads, and pencils.
Time: 20 to 30 minutes.

Project 2: The Round Robin
Objectives:
• Establish the meaning of a question with a discussion group.
• Using a problem solving pattern, lead the participants in a brainstorming session.
• Screen the possible solutions and lead the group in deciding what action to take.
Group Size:  Club Members
Materials: Flip chart, grease pencil, pad, and pencil.
Time: 20 to 30 minutes.

Project 3: Pilot A Panel
Objectives:
• Select a problem for panel discussion.  Select not less than three members in advance to speak on the panel.
• Define the common goals and the purpose of the panel.
• Acting as moderator, monitor the panel discussion to inform the audience.
Group Size: One discussion leader and three panelists selected in advance from among the club members.  Club members who participate as panelists may receive credit for other basic or advanced manual projects relating to the purpose of the individual presentations: Speaking To Inform, The Persuasive Speech, Constructing Your Speech, Clarify Your Meaning, etc.
Time: 30 to 40 minutes.

Project 4: Make It Make-Believe (Role-Playing)
Objectives:
• Understand what role-playing is and how to use it effectively in group communication.
• Select a problem involving human relations in which you may use the role-playing method to illustrate and explore the problem.
• Create a plot and characters relevant to the discussion problem and select a cast from among the group members.
• Direct the role-play enactment, relate it to the discussion problem, and lead the group in arriving at a solution.
Group Size: One group leader and participants selected in advance from among the club members.
Materials: Flip chart, grease pencil.
Time: 20 to 30 minutes.

Project 5: The Workshop Leader
Objectives:
• Building group unity, guide the workshop participants in an investigative discussion of the problem.
• Follow a problem solving pattern to arrive at a solution.
• Bring the group to an agreement before the discussion ends.
Group Size: One discussion leader and club members.
Materials: Flip chart, grease pencil.
Time: 30 to 40 minutes.

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