The Speechcraft program is an extended workshop on the fundamentals of public speaking where the participants learn about various aspects of communication from experience Toastmasters.
It is also the quickest means by which people can jump right into the process of improving their speaking skills. The Speechcraft program is designed for non-Toastmasters but can be beneficial to current Toastmasters as well. The educational program covers a number of topics that play an important role in good public speaking, including the following:
- Take the Terror Out of a Talk
- Speech Organization
- Construct a Speech
- How to Relate to Your Audience
- Vocal Variety
- Using Visual Aids
- Effective Speech Evaluation
The workshops can be offered as an integral part of your club meeting or as a seminar-style program presented outside the club. It can be conducted in four, six, or eight sessions, depending upon the pace and schedule set by the coordinator. Nevertheless, over the course of these sessions, participants learn about good public speaking skills and have the opportunity to practice speaking within the Speechcraft group and be mentored by experienced Toastmasters.
Typically there 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 the participant to continue the learning process that you have begun in the Speechcraft program.
Why Should a Club Hold a Speechcraft?
Clubs find many benefits in hosting a Speechcraft session:
- Build club membership
- Give new members a helping hand with the different meeting roles
- Reach out to the community
- Give experienced members an opportunity to grow
- Share the Toastmasters experience with others
Also, current Toastmasters can build their leadership skills and fulfill one of the requirements for Advanced Toastmaster Gold recognition by coordinating a Speechcraft session.
How Does a Club Host a Speechcraft?
The club hosting the Speechcraft session should order a Speechcraft Starter Kit from Toastmasters International. This package contains a Coordinator’s Guide, Participant Handbooks and other supporting materials.
Additionally, please use the resources below to organize your club’s Speechcraft or contact our District’s Program Quality Director for any addition questions or concerns.
District Speechcraft Templates
- 8 Week Class Planning Table
- 8 Week Speechcraft Program Syllabus
- 8 Week Speechcraft Sign Up Sheet
- Speechcraft Application Form
- Speechcraft Graduation Agenda
- Speechcraft Marketing Flyer
- Speechcraft Marketing Material
- Speechcraft Meeting Agenda
- Speechcraft Participant Tracking Spreadsheet
- Speechcraft Registrants and Mentors List
Toastmasters International Speechcraft Supplements