THE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE SERIES
Toastmasters International’s The Leadership Excellence Series is a set of presentations addressing the subject of leadership. Members will learn about the skills they will need to be successful leaders inside and outside of Toastmasters.
Presentations in The Leadership Excellence Series may be offered 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 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 some tips on using this outline to develop and deliver your presentation:
• Study the outline in this manual 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.
• Be expressive when delivering your speech. 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 the first visual.
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 between them.
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, extra marking pens, etc.
• 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 LEADER BRONZE (ALB) 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 Leader Bronze (ALB) award. Ask your vice president education to assign an evaluator for your presentation. Conducting any two presentations from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series is one component of qualification for ALB recognition. For further details, please view the Toastmasters International website: www.toastmasters.org/membereducation.