Speech Objectives

The Communication & Leadership Program manual describes, defines, and sets the objectives for ten (10) speeches. The objectives are designed to help you develop your skills one step at a time. The objectives and the evaluation are not about the contentof your speech, but rather the mechanics of your speech. Each speech builds on what you have learned in your preceding speeches. Prepare diligently.

Speech Project Objectives Duration
(in minutes)
  1. The Ice Breaker
  • To begin speaking before an audience.
  • To help you understand what areas require particular emphasis in your speaking development.
  • To introduce yourself to your fellow club members.
4-6

At Boston Speech Party, the VP Education will try to schedule your Ice Breaker within three (3) meetings from when you join.

  1. Speak with Sincerity
  • To convince the audience of your earnestness, sincerity, and conviction on a subject you thoroughly understand.
  • To confront and control any nervousness you may have.
5-7
  1. Organize Your Speech
  • To organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defined goal.
  • To build a speech outline that includes an opening, body, and conclusion.
5-7

You are now familiar with the club, the meeting format, and the meeting roles, the VP Education will schedule you to be the Toastmaster.

  1. Show What You Mean
  • To learn the value of gestures and body movements as part of a speech.
  • To explore the different ways of using body language.
  • To develop a sense of timing and natural, smooth body movement.
5-7
  1. Vocal Variety
  • To explore the use of voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality as assets to your speaking.
  • To achieve a pleasing natural voice quality when speaking.
5-7
  1. Work With Words
  • To select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly.
  • To avoid lengthy words and sentences and jargon.
5-7

You are now eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest.

  1. Apply Your Skills
  • To bring together and apply the communication skills you have learned in the preceding projects.
  • To organize your speech in a logical manner, following one of the suggested outlines.
  • To research the facts needed to support your speech.
  • To make a personal evaluation of your progress.
5-7

Included in the C & L manual is a chart for you to measure your personal growth. Discuss what you want to work on with your VP Education.

  1. Add Impact to Your Speech
  • To learn the value of props in speaking.
  • To learn how to use props effectively in your presentations.
5-7
  1. Persuade with Power
  • To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint.
  • To achieve this persuasive effect by appealing to the self-interest of the audience, building a logical foundation for agreement, and arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
5-7

At Boston Speech Party, the completion of ten (10) speeches is special. When you are ready to inspire your audience, let the VP Education know so that something special can be planned.

  1. Inspire Your Audience
  • To understand the mood and feelings of your audience on a particular occasion.
  • To put those feelings into words and inspire the audience, using all the techniques you have learned so far.
8-10

Congratulations on achieving Competent Communicator (“CC”) status!

You should check out the Advanced Manuals