Any new member finds out quickly that in Toastmasters we use the Competent Communication manual to learn how to prepare for the 10 speeches we need to have to achieve our very first goal. It seems to be not such a long way there so once you’ve earned your Competent Communication designation, you’ll likely find that you want to continue developing your public speaking skills. One way to do this is to immediately begin working on advanced communication designations, such as Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Communicator Gold.
For each of these advanced communication designations, you must complete the five projects in each of two advanced communication manuals (there are additional criteria for the Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Communicator Gold designations).
The complete list of Advanced Manuals is:
226-A The Entertaining Speaker
226-B Speaking to Inform
226-C Public Relations
226-D Facilitating Discussion (formerly The Discussion Leader)
226-E Specialty Speeches
226-F Speeches by Management
226-G The Professional Speaker
226-H Technical Presentations
226-I Persuasive Speaking
226-J Communicating on Television
226-L Interpretive Reading
226-M Interpersonal Communication
226-N Special Occasion Speeches
226-O Humorously Speaking
The challenge is that it is very difficult to decide which advanced manuals you may want to choose, when all you have to go by is a picture of the cover of the manual and the very brief description offered on the Toastmasters International website. When you see the 15 titles you cannot actually figure out what are the requirements of each project in it and decide which manuals best suit you.
As ‘Yes, there is life after the Competent Communication manual’ and quite an exciting one, we will briefly take you through each of the manuals every week to help you decide which will be the next to choose on your Advanced Communicator track.
More details on the first manual, next week.
Ioana Florentina Pop, VP PR