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Supersonic Speaking Skills
Becoming a “Faster Toastmaster”
by Jason Peck

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Table of Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • Forward – page 4 Welcome To Your New Speaking Career! – page 5 Before You Begin – page 5 Joining Multiple Clubs – page 7 How to Write a Speech in One Hour… Or Less! – page 8 Setting Achievable Speaking Goals – page 10 Mystery Speaking – page 13 The Secrets of Being a General Evaluator – page 15 Final Thoughts – page 16 Resources – page 16 Contacting Me – page 17 About The Author – page 17

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Foreword I just wanted to say a quick word about the content of this special report. I advocate the benefits of joining the public speaking organization, Toastmasters International over the next few pages. I am in no way affiliated with them, other than being a member. I do not get paid by them whatsoever. This report uses that organization as a resource because it has been around since the 1920s. It has a proven, international programme producing some excellent, world champion speakers such as Darren La Croix, Ed Tate and Vikas Jhingran. Other speakers who have benefited from the training are former Astronaut, James Lovell; author Napoleon Hill and U.S. comedian, Tim Allen. However, there are other public speaking clubs out there like the Association of Public Speakers in the U.K. But I cannot vouch for them because I have never attended any of their meetings. You only get out of Toastmasters, or any course or workshop for that matter, what you put in. If you don’t make the effort to take on the feedback you get given in order to grow as a speaker and as a leader, if you don’t constantly seek out the opportunities to improve then you will be exactly the same once you’ve finished your Toastmasters programme as when you first started! You have to be willing to fail, to learn and grow. You have to be coachable. You also should read around your subject and take every opportunity to grow. With that let’s crack on…

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Welcome To Your New Speaking Career! Hello there! My name is Jason Peck and I want to personally thank you for taking a chance on Supersonic Speaking Skills. I am about to show you the fast and easy way to use the non-profit organisation Toastmasters International to rapidly progress your speaking and leadership skills. This report will talk about some of the simple and effective ways to progress through the Toastmasters International educational programme. You might be thinking “Why do I need to go through Toastmasters fast?” Well, I believe that the faster you work your way through the speech modules and manuals, the faster you can grow as a speaker and as a person. You’ll gain confidence more quickly by doing more speaking and leadership roles, which will have a ripple effect on the other areas of your life! This will be enormously beneficial whether you want to become a professional speaker or whether you are just do presentations in your job. In case you’re a complete Toastmasters Newbie here’s the link to the Toastmasters International website again to briefly explain what it’s all about. Also, if you think that joining Toastmasters involves wearing a red coat, white gloves and owning a gavel check out the article on my blog for clarity Toastmasters vs. Toastmasters. Before We Begin... When I joined Toastmasters I was told that on average it takes people eighteen months to two years to complete the foundation “Competent Communicator (CC)” manual. Only 11 months after I joined I had completed my tenth speech thus earning CC status! I would have done it even sooner than that, but I wanted to have a break and take the odd month off here and there. I do have some semblance of a life outside Toastmasters. This was done whilst working in a full-time job. By November 2008 I had completed the Advanced Communicator Bronze Award. Again in 11 months. Now you might be wondering: “hang on there fella, there are TWO foundation manuals at
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Toastmasters – the CC manual and Competent Leader (CL) manual. What about that one?” Unfortunately I am a late-starter when it comes to the CL manual and I’ll explain why... I joined Toastmasters in August 2006 only a month after the new CC and CL manuals came out making the older Competent Toastmaster manual obsolete. As a result the members of both the clubs I was a member of (more of that later) were not familiar with how the new manuals worked. So I was participating in the Leadership roles of the CL manual (Table Topics master, Grammarian, Speech Evaluator, etc) without having any of the modules evaluated in the manual. D’oh! I was also under the mistaken impression that I had to complete the CC manual before the CL manual, which is why I didn’t take the time to reads through it myself. It wasn’t until late 2007 that I discovered my mistake and set about rectifying matters because you can do both the foundation manuals - simultaneously. It does take a little bit longer to complete the CL manual as you will need to have attended at least 21 meetings just doing leadership roles. With my club and the majority of others you cannot just attend and take part in only leadership roles or only speaking roles. It’s not fair on the other members and it’s not fair on you because both manuals work in synchronization. So this manual took me 15 months in total. Briefly, here’s how the CL manual breaks down... The first leadership module requires you to complete 3 of the 4 roles listed in that section. Each module requires a different number of leadership roles for you to complete. It breaks down like this: 1) 3 out of the 2) 2 out of the 3) All 3 roles 4) 1 out of the 5) 3 out of the 6) 1 out of the 7) 2 out of the 8) 3 out of the 9) 1 out of the 10) Toastmaster Organiser roles 4 roles 3 roles 4 roles 4 roles 6 roles 4 roles 5 roles 3 roles and General Evaluator or one of the Contest

So that means by the time you complete the CL manual you should have been a General Evaluator at least 4 times and a Toastmaster twice. Note: It’s best if you can get yourself to other clubs in order
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to complete the GE roles rather than doing them at your own club. This will give you a different audience to speak in front of and keep you developing as a speaker. Some of the roles, like being Toastmaster, require completion over several meetings. So make sure that you thoroughly check the manual before embarking upon a particular module. Remember: every time you complete a role at Toastmasters, whether it’s a speaking role or a leadership role, make sure you get another member of your club to evaluate you. With that said, I bet you’re eager to plough through the rest of this report. The first thing you should consider to becoming a faster Toastmaster is… Joining Multiple Clubs When I first joined Toastmasters I found out that the President of my club was married to the President of another. They suggested I go along to the other club to try it out. I was encouraged to do this because if I decided to join the second club this would increase my chances of getting speaking and leadership slots. Lesson: More speaking and leadership slots, means you get more opportunities to work through speaking and leadership modules and, ultimately, you get through the manuals faster! So what would happen if you were to join three clubs? Or four clubs, or five? Obviously, make sure that it’s something that you can afford to do before you spend money you don’t have. Before you dive in and join multiple clubs check out the club’s policy on guests. In some clubs you can remain a guest for up to six months. Other places will allow you to be a guest for a shorter period of time. This will save you money and gain you stage time through the impromptu speaking session Table Topics. However, usually you won’t be able to get a speaking slot as a guest. Sometimes someone drops out at the last minute in which case you might be able to step in and offer your services. That said if you are a guest you might not get to hear about that as emergency speaking slots usually can come up on the day itself before you get there. But it might be worth keeping an ear to the ground and joining the club’s membership list. Lesson: always make sure that you have a spare speech ready to go! If you can have your next speech prepared and maybe thinking about the one after that, then you can always step in if someone drops out. In order to manage your speaking and leadership roles effectively find out
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if the club you are a member of, or looking to join, has a software programme like ClubPlan or a similar piece of software. This is about £9 a month at time of writing. It is simply an online organization tool that allows you to book speaking and leadership roles in advance. Once you’re booked, keep a note in your diary (or date book) and you can prepare in advance. Using a system like this makes it easier to book your roles as you can often do so two months in advance. Otherwise, if it’s a paper and pen system, it may be slightly harder to manage and you’ll have to get to know your Vice President of Education (VPE) even better. An alternative, free resource called Easy Speak can be found on the U.K. and Ireland’s District 71 website. I’ve yet to experience it first hand but it comes highly recommended by some of my fellow London-based Toastmasters. Other than that find out what system your club uses in your country, it may be that your club uses a spreadsheet or a paper and pen. Whatever they use get involved and get on the system! Here’s a link again to the Find Meeting Locations page of Toastmasters International. By getting yourself along to other clubs in your area it also allows you to see the level of the other speakers and gives you something to shoot for. Not only that but you should get as much “stage time” as possible. This essentially means that you get yourself in front of an audience as often as possible. The more you get on stage the more confidence you'll gain and the quicker your ascent will be. One of the ways in which you can do this is by taking part in Table Topics and Leadership roles. Table Topics is the part of the evening where you get to speak off-the-cuff for around 2 minutes. You get to exercise that part of your brain that likes to play. It helps you prepare for those situations in life where you have to “say a few words”. A word about confidence: the more you get up in front of an audience the more opportunity you have to gain experience, the more confident you’ll become. It’s an on-going process. As I said in the above lesson always make sure that you have a spare speech ready to go. However, you should also learn… How to Write a Speech in One Hour… Or Less! I’ll start this chapter by saying that being able to write a speech in one hour or less is not ideal. It’s a much better if you can develop a speech
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over a period of time so that you can hone it and refine it, making sure that you have selected the correct words and that your message is clear. Remember the best speeches aren't written, they're re-written! But sometimes that’s not always possible... There are times when life simply gets in the way, you don’t have the time to develop one and you're scheduled to speak tonight! Eek. Or this lunchtime!! Double Eek. What do you do in a situation like this? You could cancel and allow a fellow Toastmaster take your speaking slot. But there's no guarantee that you'll get another speaking slot any time soon as they're like gold dust at Toastmasters. What you should do is use some very simple techniques to write a speech in supersonic time! Note: If you have an hour for lunch during your work day then you have more than enough time to write a speech! The caveat I’ll add is that you can only really do this if you’re already really familiar with your subject. My first four speeches at TM were done in exactly this way, but I was talking about subjects that I already knew a lot about. So it wasn’t that difficult for me to write a structure, remember the points and then talk, unscripted, to the audience. However, if it’s a subject that you are unfamiliar with then perhaps writing a speech in this manner won’t benefit you. In that situation you would definitely need to take your time and do the proper research. I’m going to cover two methods for writing speeches, both have been spoken about on my blog and you can read the articles here: Creating Killer Content Off The Cuff. The first approach is known as I’ve dubbed The Mind Mapping Speech Method. This is based upon the 3-point speech structure as laid out in the CC manual. The difference here being that by using the memory technique Mind Mapping you can easily plan your speech and you have a tool which makes the memorisation of it even easier. As a quick side note I taught myself how to mind map by reading a book by Tony Buzan entitled Use Your Head, which I thoroughly recommend. Have a look at this follow-up article Creating Killer Content Off The Cuff, part 2 on my blog and you’ll see how I went about using this technique and creating a Mind Map to go along with it.

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As I said before, it’s a powerful little tool because you get to memorise your speech’s structure as well as planning it. The second approach that you can try is by Professional speaker and author Paul Evans. He talks about a quick method for writing speeches in his bonus book “Fast Talker” which is part of his Instant Speaking Success system. I have a copy of it myself and I’ve found it an invaluable tool. Setting Achievable Speaking Goals Tip: You should get into the habit of setting regular speaking goals, if you don’t do so already, and revise them at least every six months to make you are still on track. I understand that goal setting is an entire book in itself, so I’m only going to very briefly cover it as it relates to speaking. For example, if you are new to Toastmasters ask yourself why you are a member? What are the things that you want to get out of Toastmasters and what can it give you? Do you want more confidence? Do you want to learn how to be a professional speaker? Is it to improve your English? Or is it to gain invaluable Leadership skills? Or all of the above? Here are the questions that I would ask new members in my role as Vice President Education (VPE) at my club in London: 1. Firstly, where are you with your progression in the manuals? Please tell me clearly how many speech projects you have completed in the Competent Communicator manual and how many projects in the Competent Leadership manual. 2. Many people have found public speaking has helped them in their career. Are there any goals you have outside the club which you want to achieve? 3. What were your reasons for joining our club specifically? 4. What is your current status in your life with regards to speaking and leadership? Have you given presentations in the past? 5. What are your current goals with relation to public speaking and leadership? Do you have a timeframe in mind that you want to achieve your goals by? 6. Would you be interested in attending relevant workshops to help you to achieve your Toastmasters (TM) goals?
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7. What specific areas do you find challenging? Lack of confidence, table topics, using humour, being timekeeper, etc? 8. Would you be interested in being mentored with the specific speaking and leadership goals that you have? 8(b) Or if you already have a club mentor please tell me who that is. Once you are clear about where you want to go with Toastmasters, then that will help you understand the direction that you need to head in with your speaking and leadership skills. Set a clear goal of where you want to be then work backwards to where you are right now in order to work out what steps you need to take. Does that make sense? Say, for instance, you want to be a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) which is the highest award in Toastmasters, and you’ve just completed your fifth speech module in the CC manual and you’ve finished four projects in the CL manual. In order to become a DTM you have to have completed all the speaking manuals from CC and CL and progress all the way through to Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) and you would have had to have completed Advanced Leader Silver (ALS). That means you have 5 speeches to go before you get Competent Communicator status. Then obviously you have all the projects for each communication award after that. You will also have 6 projects to go before you complete the CL manual and then you will have to serve at least six months as a club officer and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in that office as well as conducting two programmes from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series. Again after that there are a number of other duties and programmes to complete before you gain ALS. For further details check out the back of any of the TM manuals. By getting clear on where it is you want to go you get clear on the amount of work that you need to undertake. Even using this report as a reference guide, it’s still going to take you a while to get to DTM, if that’s your goal, because of the amount of actual time you have to put in to certain leadership positions.
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You have to serve on the committee for at least six months which contributes to the Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) award. Once you are clear on your goals you should also get clear on your reason why you want to achieve those goals. Is it for personal freedom? Is it to help others? Is it for a sense of achievement? Is it to gain confidence? Or is it to gain all important speaking and leadership goals which can help you in your work? Also consider who the people are that could help you. For instance, do you need a mentor? If so, what do you want your mentor to help you to do? Is there a way that you can help your mentor? Do you have skills outside of Toastmasters that might be beneficial to them? Try to come up with winwin situations. What about your evaluators? Depending on where you in the Toastmasters scheme of things it might benefit you to specifically request certain people to evaluate you. For instance, what level of evaluation and feedback could you get from an award-winning evaluator? Seek out the best to help you become your best. Your VPE can also help you by assigning you a mentor, helping guide you with your goals and also assigning you relevant speaking and leadership roles. Next you want to get clear on the how. How are you going to achieve your goals? By understanding your reason why you will be able to discover the how of the goals that you want to achieve. Understanding the how allows you to create a step-by-step “to do” list of the small actions you need to take in order to progress towards your goal. Only a certain amount can be left up to chance. You need to make sure that you pounce upon any opportunities that may arise. If you want to become DTM then you know how many manuals you have to get through in order to attain that. You know how frequently you can get speaking slots and so on. You know what the Leadership roles are that you have to undertake. So… Develop a little action plan for yourself and you go about trying to attain your goals. Small word of caution: sometimes you don’t always goals within the time-frame that you have set for Don’t worry about it. Simply adjust to a new time specific date and month that I wanted to complete by. achieve your yourself. frame. I had my CL manual

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As it turns out, the latter half of the CL manual requires more than just doing leadership roles like speech evaluator and grammarian. Project 6 can be working on your club’s newsletter or helping out the webmaster. I didn’t anticipate that, so I had to work a little bit harder on how I was going to finish the manual. Then the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest came around, so I ended up participating in those events without previously planning to. This again put a delay on completing the CL manual. So I simply re-grouped and re-set the goal’s deadline. Mystery Speaking Another way that you can rapidly progress in TM is to become a mystery speaker at the annual Evaluation Contest. Each round of the contest requires a mystery, or demonstration, speaker. This will be a speaker which is unknown to the club that the particular round is occurring at. This is important because it allows for a completely unbiased contest as each contest participant would not have seen the speaker before. The mystery speaker will also not have any “baggage” with those contestants. What can happen is that speakers can be known at their own club for certain things. They are known for being funny or motivational and so on. As a result you can be evaluated on your previous speeches and not necessarily on the one that you are delivering on the night. It’s something I know that has happened to me and countless others. By going to a new club, area or division the contestants don’t have any preconceptions about you. So they evaluate you with a fresh pair of eyes. Not only that, but speaking at different clubs will be good because you will get to appear in front of different audiences. In the contest season of early 2008, I was a mystery speaker four times. Each time I spoke I received four evaluations bringing the total number of evaluations to sixteen (that’s not including any of the informal evaluations I received in the bar afterwards!) Someone said to me that they would be scared to receive that many evaluations and I thought: “why?” Here’s why I relished getting more than one evaluation per speech… Lesson: the more times you get evaluated as a speaker, or on a particular speech, the more opportunities you have for growth. If your appearances are far enough apart you can tweak your speech
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according to the evaluations, change the title and then re-work the speech so that it fits a new set of objectives and bang! You have another speech module you can mark off. Remember the TM ethos: every speech is a manual speech. You just need to know exactly which manual, or manuals, you’re going to work through. If you are an Advanced Speaker already then you will probably know that you can jump between speech modules within a manual and jump between the manuals themselves. As long as you follow each of the speech module objectives then you should be golden. When I completed my CC manual I went ahead and purchased all of the Advanced Manuals. It’s not really that expensive an outlay and you can work out which manuals will benefit you the most. For instance, for me personally, the “Speech for Management” wouldn’t be much use; whereas it might be perfect for you. However, I still wanted to be able to understand how those particular speeches work in case I ever have to coach a manager on their speech. By buying all those manuals up front you can have as many manuals on the go as you like. You don’t have complete two manuals and then order another two. Certain situations may suit one speech module better than another. Note: You can have more than one manual on the go so by the time you complete two manuals to qualify for, say, ACB you can be part way to completing ACS! Most of the speeches I did as mystery speaker were entertaining and humorous, which, for me, worked better than having a straight or dramatic speech. I had already managed to land a division level slot outside of my own division. I was due to participate after the Area level for the International Speech Contest. Unfortunately I lost that round so I decided to switch speeches and I revisited my competition speech when I was mystery speaker again outside of my Division. This provided me with the opportunity to get that speech evaluated instead of the one I had been previously using. I wanted to find out why I had lost. There was some minor trepidation from the President of the club that I was visiting. Her concern was that as I was Advanced Speaker I might be too good for the evaluation contest. But I felt that as it was a Division level contest, then those contestants are one round away from competing nationally, at the District, so they should be really good evaluators. So how do you become a mystery speaker?

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Simple, ask your Vice President Education (VPE) to put you in touch with VPEs of other clubs who might be in need of one. Alternatively, contact your Area Governor (again, through your VPE or President) and make enquiries. Your VPE should have the contact details of the other clubs in your Division, so they can put you in touch with other clubs too. You want to enquire quite early. The finals of the International Speech contest usually take place in August in the U.S. So in order to qualify as a mystery speaker you would need to contact the relevant people from the September after the finals. You would be making yourself available for the following year. In London the preliminary club contests began in late January or early February, but I still managed to secure myself some mystery speaking opportunities for March of the same year. The Secrets of Being a General Evaluator If you’ve been in Toastmasters for a while and have completed at least six CC speeches then you can be a General Evaluator (GE). You’ve probably heard from them numerous times at meetings. Essentially, for those of you who don’t know, what a GE does is to evaluate all the aspects of a TM meeting that don’t get evaluated. So that would be the President’s welcome, the Grammarian, the Toastmaster, the Table Topics Master, all the Speech Evaluators, etc. I would make sure that you have experienced being a speech evaluator or table topics evaluator before you graduate to being a GE. There are many clubs crying out for Toastmasters members to go and be a GE for them. What you should do is contact a club VPE and offer your services. You might then be able to get a speaking slot at their club. The club will probably fall over themselves to have a GE and will more than likely offer you the opportunity to speak, providing you are not taking away an opportunity from their own members! What you might also want to consider is contacting your area or division governor and finding out if there are any newly established clubs that have just chartered or have yet to charter. They would also welcome a GE and might even be desperate for Toastmasters to fill their speaking slots, so that’s a definite win-win. Note: Make sure that when you make notes about the meeting that you are able to keep track of where you are in your notes because you’ll have to read them out. Many times I’ve seen a GE lose their way in their notes and frantically flip forwards then backwards in order to find their place. Also, if you have recommendations for the club try to provide possible
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solutions for that particular problem if you can. That way it becomes beneficial to the club to see where they have room for improvement rather than having them just face lots of criticism and not know how they can improve and develop. Have a word with your President and ask if they can give you any advice on the role. Final Thoughts As you may have noticed throughout this report I have used the phrase win-win a few times. Whilst this may come across as a cliché of the self help world, it is the best way to think. With Toastmasters it’s not just about what you can get out of the club it’s also about what you put in. Like a lot of things in life. With each of the approaches that I have provided here, in order for you to move faster through the Toastmasters organisation there has to a certain amount of mutual benefit. What you can also consider doing is some extra curricular education. Don’t always rely on Toastmasters to provide you with your knowledge of public speaking. There are many professional speakers out there who offer training, seminars and a variety of other products which you can learn heaps from and then bring into your club experience. The resources section contains useful information that can help you to develop enormously as a speaker. Resources Here are some useful links to different speaker’s resources. I have already included a link to the Toastmasters International website earlier in this report. If you’re based in the U.K. you might find the website for District 71 (for the U.K. and Ireland) a useful resource. Check it out here D71. Darren La Croix Humor 411 - World Champion of Speaking 2001 has various products on improving your presenting skills, using humour and becoming a professional speaker in a week. Paul Evans Instant Speaking Success - Allows you to design, develop and deliver unforgettable message to your audience that are bang on target! Eric Feng FAQ Book on Public Speaking – fellow speaker and blogger Eric Feng has
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co-authored a book on frequently asked questions as they relate to public speaking. World Champion’s Resources World Champion’s Edge – this is a membership site where you can gain access to six world champion speakers and one Hall of Fame speaker. Not only that but you get access to other members in the forums as well as having the opportunity to receive a speech critique. Steve Roye The Fast Start Guide - Learn a fast and easy method for adding humour to your speech and presentations by professional comedian and speaker Steve Roye. Contacting Me I would love to hear from you with any questions, comments or positive feedback that you may have about this report. Please pop over to my blog and leave comments using this link: Pro Humorist Feedback In an age where attention is fast becoming a rare commodity I thank you for yours. About The Author

Jason Peck is an award-winning Humorist, Speaker and Coach and provides empowering speeches, valuable business training and moraleboosting entertainment. He draws on his background as a professional actor and comedian and emphasizes a practical approach based on real-life experience, research and proven techniques. He completed his Competent Communicator manual in 11 months and completed Advanced Communicator Bronze in 11 months as well and finished the Competent Leader manual in 15 months. He was also Vice President Education for the oldest Toastmasters club in London, Grosvenor
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Square Speakers, for the 2008-2009 Toastmasters term. For further information about Jason, check out his main site: www.jasonpeck.co.uk and his blog http://prohumorist.com.

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