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9. What speech projects are there for me to work on?

In the basic Communication and Leadership manual there are ten speech projects:

Icebreaker - 4 to 6 minutes - overcoming nervousness by introducing yourself to the club.

Speak With Sincerity - 5 to 7 minutes - continue overcoming nervousness by speaking about something you believe deeply in.

Organize Your Speech - 5 to 7 minutes - work on giving a well-organized speech.

Show What You Mean - 5 to 7 minutes - not a "Show and Tell" speech, this project calls on you to work with gestures and body language during your speech. Unfortunately, many members somehow confuse the issue and show up with a bag full of props that they use in a "Show and Tell" style speech. Don't do that.

Vocal Variety - 5 to 7 minutes - work on rate of delivery, volume, speed, pitch, emphasis, tone, vitality, and articulation.

Work with Words - 5 to 7 minutes - work on proper word choice, avoiding jargon and generalizations.

Apply Your Skills - 5 to 7 minutes - go back and practice everything you've learned up to this point.

Add Impact To Your Speech - 5 to 7 minutes - practice adding emphasis to your message and adding visual interest and attention by using props purposefully.

Persuade With Power - 5 to 7 minutes - give a persuasive speech on a controversial issue.

Inspire Your Audience - 8 to 10 minutes - The final speech in the manual calls on you to move and inspire your audience in a well-presented and well-prepared speech.

As you can see, all ten projects above are wide-open for you to choose whatever topic you like. Even if you pick a controversial subject, most Toastmaster audiences will evaluate you on how well you presented your subject, not on whether they agreed with you or not.

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