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Certifications

Upon entrance to El Cid Toastdawgs, you will be a candidate for two certifications.

Competent Communicator - complete ten speeches for Toastmasters. The speeches range across a variety of topics, including:

  1. The Ice Breaker – Tell other members of the group about who you are, where you are from, and any other personal information about yourself.
  2. Organize your Speech – You need to show that you can organize your thoughts in a speech. Choose a topic that is important or exciting. Explain something that interests you in a logical, understandable fashion.
  3. Get to the Point – Select a topic you want the audience to know more about. This speech has a specific purpose – to teach or inform your audience about something or to persuade them to a course of action. The audience should understand what they are supposed to know or do when you have finished.
  4. How to Say It – Work on choosing vivid words and specific language to present your ideas clearly and accurately. Avoid jargon. Make your language paint a picture by using metaphors and other rhetorical devices.
  5. Your Body Speaks – Select a topic that is enhanced by body language and speak so that your stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact contribute to your message. Your body language should be smooth and natural.
  6. Vocal Variety – In this speech, practice using your voice to enhance your message. You can use pauses, and vary the volume, pitch, or pace to add vocal variety to your speech.
  7. Research your Topic – Use stories, statistics, examples or testimonials in your speech. Carefully support your points and opinions with specific information.
  8. Use Visual Aids – Present a speech using PowerPoint, computer-based visuals or other props to help your audience understand your points.
  9. Persuade with Power – Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action. Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  10. Inspire Your Audience – Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to help them reach a higher level of beliefs or achievement.

Competent Leader - hold positions in a club meeting at least ten times.