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

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Specialty Speeches  226-E

Project 1: Speak Off The Cuff
• Develop an awareness of situations in which you might be called upon to deliver an impromptu speech.
• Understand how to prepare for impromptu speaking.
• Develop skill as a speaker in the impromptu situation by using one or more patterns to approach a topic under discussion; for example, comparing the past, present, and future situation or before and after.
Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

Project 2: Uplift The Spirit
• Identify and understand the basic differences and similarities between inspirational speeches and other kinds of speeches.
• Learn how to evaluate the audience’s feeling and establish emotional rapport.
• Develop a speech style and delivery that effectively expresses inspirational content by moving the audience to adopt your views.
Time: 8 to 10 minutes.

Project 3: Sell A Product
• Understand the relationship of sales technique to persuasion.
• Skillfully use the four steps in a sales presentation: attention, interest, desire, and action.
• Identify and promote a unique selling proposition in a sales presentation.
• Be able to handle objections and close a prospective buyer.
Time: 10 to 12 minutes.

Project 4: Read Out Loud
• Arrive at an understanding of the elements that comprise oral interpretation and how it differs from preparing and giving a speech.
• Learn the preparation or planning techniques of effective interpretation.
• Learn the principles of presentation and develop skill in interpretive reading with regard to voice and body as instruments of communication.
Time: 12 to 15 minutes.

Project 5: Introduce The Speaker
• Focus on the special occasion talk from the standpoint of the introducer (function chairman, toastmaster, master of ceremonies).
• Become knowledgeable and skilled in the functions associated with the master of ceremonies.
• Handle the introduction of other speakers at a club meeting.
Time: The duration of a club meeting (to be arranged with the Vice President Education).

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