The PRIMARY OBJECTIVE of Toastmasters is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which the member is helped to become a competent communicator and effective leader. As such members can focus on one or both of these roles - improving as a speaker or growing as a leader.
Good Hope is passionate about providing positive, fun and inspiring opportunities for members to develop in the areas of personal growth, effective communication and leadership skills.
Each member follows a self-paced, proven programme that enables them to improve as a speaker alongside growing as a leader.
COMPETENT COMMUNICATOR PROGRAMME (CC)
The Competent Communicator Programme is a series of ten speeches presented in a Toastmasters club. Most Toastmasters spread them over a year or two. Members are assigned a mentor to help them through their first few speeches and each speech is focused on a specific area of speaking.
Speeches are evaluated by a fellow club member. Upon completion of this program, you will receive a Competent Communicator (CC) certificate from Toastmasters International.
After this, one can progress through the Advanced Communication programme which is more specialised.
Areas covered in this manual include:
- Speech structure
- Body language
- Vocal variety
- Use of props and visual aids
ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR PROGRAMME (AC)
The Advanced Communicator programme is an extension of the Competent Communicator programme and can only be followed once your CC is attained. The manuals cover specific areas of speech development that you can choose from, including:
- Persuasive Speaking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Special Occasion Speeches
- Speeches by Management
- Technical Presentations
- The Entertaining Speaker
- Speaking to Inform
- Public Relations
- Facilitating Discussion
- Speciality Speeches
- The Professional Speaker
- Communicating on Television
- Interpretive Reading
- Humorously Speaking
There are three levels of Advanced Communicator that you may achieve, namely Bronze (ACB), Silver (ACS) and Gold (ACG).
Depending on the level you are working towards, you may also be expected to present educational assignments and serve as a mentor to a fellow club member.
Upon completion of the various levels in this programme, you will receive an Advanced Communicator Bronze, Silver or Gold (AC B/S/G) Certificate from Toastmasters International.
COMPETENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME (CL)
The Competent Leader award is earned by demonstrating the leadership attributes of listening, evaluating, giving feedback, teamwork and motivating others. These abilities are learned and honed via various club meeting roles such as:
Serving as Toastmaster (MC) of the Day
Acting as Time Keeper
Helping Arrange Club Events
ADVANCED LEADERSHIPS PROGRAMME (AL)
ADVANCED LEADER BRONZE (ALB)
The ALB is presented to a member who has demonstrated leadership abilities in the following manner:
Served as a Club Officer
Achieved their Competent Leader Award
Presented Educational Assignments to the Club
Upon completion of this programme, you will receive an Advanced Leader Bronze certificate from Toastmasters International.
ADVANCED LEADER SILVER (ALS)
The ALS is an extension of the Advanced Leader Bronze award above. The leader has:
Assisted with starting or rescuing a Club
Acted as a District Officer
Presented educational assignments to the Club
To achieve this award, the member has shown a strong commitment to the advancement of Toastmasters, and to achieving the Mission and Vision of Toastmasters International. Upon completion of this program, you will receive an Advanced Leader Silver certificate from Toastmasters International.
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
DTM is the highest recognition a member may receive. To achieve this, members need to achieve the Advanced Communicator Gold award, as well as the Advanced Leader Silver award.
To achieve this award, the member has shown a strong commitment to the advancement of Toastmasters, and to achieving the Mission and Vision of Toastmasters International. Upon completion of this program, you will receive a plaque from Toastmasters International.