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


This guide is for every candidate for the Competent Communicator award, every CC, every Advanced Communicator Bronze, and every Advanced Communicator Silver. Upon completion of our first CC, we may select two of fifteen Advanced Communication Program manuals. "All this fuss about electing a president... We pick our own daddy from a dog pound of daddies," John Lennon once said.

The same could be said of choosing two advanced manuals. I prepared this guide because our club members should make their decision based on the information provided in the following pages, and not just from the manuals' title, or from the somewhat sketchy descriptions in the Toastmasters Supply Catalogue - if you can even find one.

Other members and I have encountered much unexpected resistance from club Executive Boards when we want to schedule an advanced manual speech. This is, I believe, sad, misguided, and unnecessary. Completing the CC award is an important step toward achieving self-actualization, as well as personal and professional growth, but is not the only one. As Past Area Governor Able Toastmaster Bonnie Spencer once said, "There is life after Competent Communicator." After having completed my Able Toastmaster award in June 1995, I did not feel different; however, I noticed how other Toastmasters seemed to perceive that I was different. You, too, can stand proud some day soon and wear your ACB badge. If you already are an Advanced Communicator Bronze, I encourage you to pursue the Advanced Communicator Silver award; in the words of Able Toastmasters Silver John Hormozi, "It's a great time to be Silver!) Beyond that is the Advanced Communicator Gold award.

Able Toastmasters Silver Rosalyn Kahn showed me a fax she had received from an International Director candidate that has much of the same information I have prepared for you. I applaud the efforts of anyone working to inform us about the advanced projects. I wish to express my gratitude to all club members who helped me along with their advice on how to approach each project as I stumbled toward completing my Able Toastmaster, Able Toastmaster Bronze, and Able Toastmaster Silver awards and also to my evaluators who furnished me with valuable feedback and insight. It required much effort on my part, but I owe them much, hoping they will continue to support everyone working from the advanced manuals.

The best choice is an informed one. Starting with the third edition, I included the newest Advanced Communication Program, entitled Humorously Speaking, Supply Catalogue Item Number 226-O. Take some time to familiarize yourself with these projects; it will truly benefit you. Best wishes for your success in Toastmasters!

Peter Bunce, DTM, ATM-S
Area 4 Governor (1995 - 1996)
District 52's Outstanding Area Governor of the Year (1995 - 1996)
Division A Governor (2005 - 2006)
District 52's Outstanding Division Governor of the Year (2005 - 2006)
Sixth Edition, May 12, 2009; Third Web Edition Revised Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM, ATM-S
Updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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