The Toastmasters Programme

Communication Track

The core of the communication track is the Competent Communicator Programme manual which contains 10 speech projects. This manual helps you develop the basic skills needed to prepare and present an effective speech. Each speech project builds upon the skills used in the previous projects, and you should strive to meet the objectives of each project, including time limits.

Most speeches are 5-7 minutes in length, with the first speech, the Icebreaker being 4-6 minutes, and the final Inspirational speech, being 8-10 minutes. When you have completed all ten speech projects, you can apply to Toastmasters International to be awarded the "Competent Communicator Award".

After receiving your Award, you can move on to the Advanced Communication Programme. This programme consists of 15 manuals, each containing five speech projects on a variety of themes, covering management, interpersonal skills, persuasive and humorous speaking.

Visit the Toastmasters New Zealand Communication page for a detailed explanation of the Competent Communicator and Advanced Communicator Awards.

Leadership Track

The Toastmasters educational programme also includes a leadership track, where you can acquire and practice the skills necessary to be an effective leader. You can serve as a Club Officer and develop skills in planning, training, motivating and managing a team. You can move on to be a District Officer and complete the High Performance Leadership programme which requires you to complete a project of your choice in which you serve as a leader. This can be within or outside of Toastmasters.

The highest award in Toastmasters is the Distinguished Toastmaster Award and it recognises both your communication and leadership skills. You will receive a plaque and certificate, and be entitled to use the initials DTM after your name.

The Toastmasters New Zealand Leadership page has a detailed explanation of the Leadership Programmes and the High Performance Leadership Programme available, along with case studies.

Speech Contests

Toastmasters also conducts four speech contests each year: Table Topics, Evaluation, Humorous and International Prepared Speech. The winner of the New Zealand Prepared Speech Contest competes in the United States for the title of "World Champion of Public Speaking".

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