Imagine Thomasville has partnered with Rose City Toastmasters to help with professional/personal Development Training. This program helps develop speaking and leadership skills, improves career opportunities, and helps you build confidence and personal relationships. Attendees will learn how to develop and present speeches at their own pace. Make sure to save the date and listen in to see how this program can benefit you or someone that you know!
Speechcraft is an extended workshop on communication and leadership where the participants learn about various aspects of communication and leadership and are supported by a team of presenters and mentors and guided by a coordinator. The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting. It’s a great way to promote membership in your community or company club, as Speechcraft brings prospective new members to a meeting to see, first-hand, what Toastmasters is all about.
Speechcraft is also the quickest means by which people can jump right into the process of improving their speaking skills. It is a blended learning program designed to provide optimal support for learners interested in building their communication and public speaking skills. The directed learning portion of Speechcraft is delivered by an experienced public speaker, typically a Toastmasters member.
The projects include instruction on subjects that are designed to directly and immediately impact each learner’s public speaking skills. Designed for non-Toastmasters, this series of educational sessions covers a number of topics that play a part in good public speaking, including the following:
Session 1 Choose a Topic
This project focuses on defining a topic that will deliver a speaker’s message while supporting the needs and expectations of an audience.
Session 2 Prepare to Present
The heart of successful public speaking begins with a solid topic and a well-written speech. It ends with accomplished delivery of that speech. This project focuses on how to write a speech that conveys a message and on methods learners can use to prepare for their presentation.
Session 3 Giving and Receiving Feedback
Part of the Toastmasters experience reflected in Speechcraft is an emphasis on evaluation and feedback. Feedback is core to communication, learning, and leadership. This project focuses on how to receive an evaluation and how to share supportive, effective feedback with others.
Session 4 Know Your Purpose
As learners write and deliver speeches, the focus of the Speechcraft program shifts to the higher-level skills required to succeed as a communicator and speaker. One of those skills is to identify and deliver a purposeful message when speaking to a group.
Session 5 Body Language
Another step to refining public speaking skills is to understand the impact of movement, gestures, and facial expressions on the effective delivery of a speech. This project focuses on developing a skilled approach to body language when delivering a speech.
Session 6 How to Evaluate
This project includes the opportunity to review a speech and deliver feedback using evaluation materials available from Toastmasters. Learners who complete this project gain insight and practice completing an evaluation and providing professional, supportive feedback.
Session 7 Vocal Variety
The subtle impact of voice and vocal variety goes far beyond avoiding a monotone speech delivery. This project includes information on how to use voice and presence to support the successful delivery of a message to an audience.
Session 8 Powerful Words
This project emphasizes the importance of word choice when delivering a message. Practice includes understanding how to identify and deploy powerful language to create images and move an audience to action.
Speechcraft normally takes six to ten hours over the course of four, six or eight sessions, depending upon the pace and schedule set by the hosting team of presenters. Over the course of these sessions, participants learn about good public speaking and have the opportunity to practice within the Speechcraft group, mentored by experienced Toastmasters. Friendships and careers can and do blossom from the Speechcraft experience.
There usually is a nominal fee, which covers the cost of materials for the workshop, as well as an initial membership in Toastmasters. This new membership will help you solidify and continue the learning that you have begun in the Speechcraft program. The fee should cover program expenses (materials, refreshments, room rental). Any remaining money must be placed in the club’s treasury. No individuals, educational institutions or other organizations may derive financial gain either directly or indirectly from the presentation of these programs.
A Speechcraft workshop is the most cost-effective and time-effective way to acquire the skills of speaking, listening, thinking, and evaluating - skills vital to almost any profession in today's world.