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Competent Communication

Project 1: The Ice Breaker

Introduce yourself to your fellow club members.



  • To begin speaking before an audience
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention
  • Time: 4-6 mins.


Project 2: Organize Your Speech

Organize your thoughts into a logical sequence that leads the audience to a clearly defined goal.



  • 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.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 3: Get to the Point

Focus on a general purpose to inform, to perduade, to entertain or to inspire your audience.



  • 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 reingorce the purposes.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 4: How to Say It

Select clear, articulate, descriptive and short words that best communicate your ideas and arrange them effectively and correctly.


  • 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.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.

Project 5: Your Body Speaks

Learn the value of gestures and body movements as a part of a speech. Demonstrate different ways of using body language.


  • Use stance, movement, guestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve the speech's purpose.
  • Make your body language smooth and natural.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 6: Vocal Variety

Develop the use of voice volume, pitch rate and quality as assets to your speaking.


  • 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 nautrally.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 7: Research Your Topic

Use information collected from numerous sources and carefully support points with specific facts, examples and illustrations, rather than with just your own opinions.  



  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Use visuals appropriate for your message and the audience, and be displayed correctly with ease and confidence.



  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your mesage and audience.
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 9: Persuade with Power

Present a talk that persuades the audience to accept your view point.



  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas ot take some action..
  • Appeal to the audience's interests.
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  • Avoiding using notes.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Project 10: Inspire Your Audience

Understand the mood and feeling of your audience on a particular occasion. Put those feelings into words and inspire the audience using all the techniques you have learned so far.



  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.
  • Appeal to the audience's needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.
  • Time: 5-7  mins.


Once you complete this series of speeches, you will be recognized as a Competent Communicator (CC).

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