Competent Communication Manual

CCThere are 10 projects in the Competent Communication Manual each focusing on a different area.

When you complete all 10 projects, you earn the award of Competent Communicator.

1 – The Ice Breaker (4 – 6 minutes)
• To begin speaking before an audience
• To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention

2 – Organise Your Speech (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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

3 – Get To The Point (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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

4 – How To Say It (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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 – Your Body Speaks (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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

6 – Vocal Variety (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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

7 – Research Your Topic ( 5 – 7 minutes)
• Collect information about your topic from numerous sources
• Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research

8 – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids (5 – 7 minutes)
• Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience
• Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence

9 – Persuade With Power (5 – 7 minutes)
• 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
• Avoid using notes

10 – Inspire Your Audience (8 – 10 minutes)
• 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

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