THE BETTER SPEAKER SERIES
Toastmasters International’s The Better Speaker Series is a set of presentations offering instruction on basic speaking skills. Designed to be delivered by members to their clubs, presentations in this series provide new speaking techniques and facts that can help all club members develop their communication skills.
Presentations in The Better Speaker Series may be delivered by any club member and require 10 to 15 minutes to present.
In Your Own Words
The outline is not a script and should not be read word-for-word. Instead, use the document as a guide for presenting the material in your own words and with your own narrative style. The presenter’s outline is a structure on which to build your presentation. Use the points of the outline to develop your speech, but be the author of your own oration.
Here are tips on using this program to develop and deliver your presentation:
• Study the outline carefully. Familiarize yourself with the general structure. Preparation is the key to a successful presentation.
• Use the outline to build your own speech using your own words. Prepare a set of notes indicating where you wish to pause, gesture, or add special verbal emphasis. Highlight key words or sentences to help you present the material most effectively.
• When delivering your speech, be expressive. Use all of the presentation skills you have learned as a Toastmaster, including vocal variety and gestures.
USING VISUAL AIDS EFFECTIVELY
Visual aids add interest to any presentation and help your audience retain information. You are encouraged to use them. If you plan to use the PowerPoint slides for this presentation as visual aids, you will need a data projector, a laptop computer, a table to support them, and a screen for viewing.
In the outline, there are indications for placement of the PowerPoint slides. Each is numbered. For example, V1 refers to visual number one.
Please note that the first slide in the PowerPoint show is a title slide and is not included in this numbering system.
If you cannot arrange for projection equipment but still would like to use visuals, you may copy the material on the visuals onto a flipchart. Do this before the presentation. Use a heavy marking pen that does not seep through the paper, and write on every third or fourth page so succeeding visuals will not show through. Also, make your letters large and heavy with plenty of space
Follow these tips when using visual aids:
• Set them up and test them before the meeting begins. Place them so they are easily visible to listeners. Place your projector so it projects a large, high, undistorted image on the screen. Focus the image.
• Bring spare equipment, including a projector bulb, extension cord, and extra marking pens.
• Display your visuals only when they are needed. If you are using a flipchart, flip the page back out of view when you are finished with it.
• Remember not to stand between the screen or flipchart and your audience or you will block their view.
• Maintain eye contact with your listeners. Do not talk to the screen or flipchart. If you must turn your back to point out something, pause as you point it out, and then resume speaking only after you are once again facing your audience.
EVALUATION AND THE ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR SILVER AWARD
Because this is an outlined presentation, for presenting it you will not receive credit toward completing a manual speech project, but you may receive credit toward your Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) award. Ask your vice president education to assign an evaluator for your presentation. Conducting any two programs from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series is one component of qualification for ACS recognition. For further details, please visit www.toastmasters.org/membereducation.