The First Ten Speech Projects

The Competent Communicator award is presented to members who have completed all 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual.

Project Title Objectives Time:
1 The Ice Breaker
(The Ice Breaker manual)
  • To begin speaking before an audience.
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
4-6 minutes
2 Organize Your Speech
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.
5-7 minutes
3 Get to the Point
  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purposes.
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.
  • Strive not to use notes.
5-7 minutes
4 How to Say It
  • Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately, and vividly.
  • Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words.  Use correct grammar.
5-7 minutes
5 Your Body Speaks
  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
  • Make your body language smooth and natural.
5-7 minutes
6 Vocal Variety
  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  • Use pauses to enhance your message.
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.
5-7 minutes
7 Research Your Topic
  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.
5-7 minutes
8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
5-7 minutes
9 Persuade with Power
  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
  • Appeal to the audience’s interests.
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position.
5-7 minutes
10 Inspire Your Audience
  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of believes or achievements
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.
8-10 minutes