TIPS from a Toastmaster

Coming up with ideas for a speech is tricky. Sometimes it is helpful to have examples to spark ideas.

Or maybe you are considering joining Toastmasters? Part of being a member is working through the projects in the Competent Communication handbook. Each project has you focus on a different area to help build speaking skills.

See below for one Toastmaster’s experience with the third project–

Project 3 – Get to the Point


Title – The Difference Between Hard Drive and Memory

I have a degree in computer science.  I know.  You think I’m a nerd.  Well I’m not.  I have a couple exciting hobbies.  In my spare time I build electronic devices and I also read about U. S. history.  Ladies, the line forms to the left.

Anyway, the manual said I should give a speech with a clear and specific purpose.  As a computer support guy, I am constantly confronted with people saying they need more memory because it is full.  Or they need a new hard drive because they only have four gigabytes.  Riiiight.  So over the years, I’d developed a short lecture about the difference between hard drive and memory.  This one was easy peasy because I was explaining something I had explained dozens of times before.

So that’s my advice.  Everybody has something they explain constantly.  Explain it to us.

When writing the speech, try starting with a single sentence that is the point of what you are talking about (this is called a thesis).  For example:  “domestic cars are best.”  Then, get rid of anything that doesn’t directly relate to the thesis.  Make your points, but never get very far away from your thesis.

by Jeff McRaven