The Communication Manual leads you through a process to becoming a Competent Communicator. It offers ten speech projects through which you can gradually build up your speaking skills and become a masterful speaker.
‘The Icebreaker’ (4-5-6 minutes)
» 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.
‘Organise Your Speech’(5-6-7 minutes)
» To help organise your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads your audience to a clearly defined goal.
» To build a speech outline that includes an opening, a body, and a conclusion.
‘Get to the Point’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» 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.
‘How to Say it’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» To select precisely the right words required to communicate your ideas clearly and vividly.
» To avoid lengthy words and sentences and jargon.
‘Your Body Speaks’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» 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.
‘Vocal Variety’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» 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.
‘Research Your Topic’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» To bring together and apply the communication skills you have learned in the preceding projects.
» To organise 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.
‘Add Impact to Your Speech’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» To learn the value of props in speaking.
» To learn to use props effectively in your presentations.
‘Persuade With Power’ (5-6-7 minutes)
» To present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your proposal or viewpoint.
» To achieve this persuasive effect by appealing to the audience’s self interest, building a logical foundation for agreement, and arousing emotional commitment to your cause.
‘Inspire Your Audience’ (8-9-10 minutes)
» 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.
Learn from listening to others
We can always learn from listening to great speakers from the past and present. The History Channel broadband has clips of many speakers including US Presidents, British Prime Ministers, sporting heroes etc.
Enrich your performance
Find useful quotations under diffent topic heading or check the source of quotes you have heard at Quoteland
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