Competent Communication

The Competent Communication study program is a self-paced program consisting of 10 speech projects. Each project builds on the lessons learned in previous projects allowing the club member to develop speaking skills one step at a time.

Following each presentation a fellow club member will provide both a verbal and a written evaluation to offer encouragement and helpful advice to make public speaking more comfortable and effective.

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Projects in the Competent Communication Series:
Project 1 – The Ice Breaker
Time: Four to six minutes
Objectives: To begin speaking before an audience. To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
Project 6 – Vocal Variety
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: 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.
Project 2 – Organize Your Speech
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: Choose 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 open and conclusion.
Project 7 – Research Your Topic
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: Collect information about your topic from numerous sources. Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research.
Project 3 – Get to the Point
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: Choose 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.
Project 8 – Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: Choose visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience. Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
Project 4 – How to Say It
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: Choose 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.
Project 9 – Persuade with Power
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: 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 the use of notes.
Project 5 – Your Body Speaks
Time: Five to seven minutes
Objectives: 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.
Project 10 – Inspire Your Audience
Time: Eight to 10 minutes
Objectives: 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.