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Success/Leadership and Success/Communication

Toastmasters’ Success/Communication and Success/Leadership presentations help develop and provide practice in various communication and leadership skills. Most modules last between one to three hours. The modules can be used inside your club, to enhance members’ skills; in companies, to increase employees’ skills and promote awareness of Toastmasters; and in the community, to enhance the general public’s skills and to promote awareness of Toastmasters.

Each presentation is designed to be conducted as a seminar, with a club member serving as leader or coordinator. All presentations must be presented by a current club member. The presentations include a script and instructions. Most presentations also include visuals and notebooks for participants.

Clubs may charge a reasonable fee for conducting any Success/Communication and Success/Leadership presentation for nonmembers. The fee should cover presentation expenses (materials, refreshments, room rental). Any remaining money must be placed in the club’s treasury. No individuals, educational institutions or other organizations may derive financial gain either directly or indirectly from the delivery of these presentations. Please report anyone doing so to World Headquarters.


Speechcraft (Item 205)
This presentation is designed to develop leadership skills as well as teach speaking skills in a seminar workshop format. This presentation helps participants gain confidence in communication, including writing and delivering speeches, impromptu speaking, using audiovisual aids and body language, and improving effective listening.

How to Listen Effectively (Item 242)
Listening is a far more active skill than some may think. Effective listening requires certain techniques for receiving, organizing and interpreting what has been said. This presentation helps participants recognize and develop those skills.

The Art of Effective Evaluation (Item 251)
Evaluations are the most important part of the Toastmasters program. The ability to effectively evaluate any situation or condition is crucial, no matter what your vocation. This presentation teaches the finer points of offering constructive criticism.

Building Your Thinking Power, Part I: Mental Flexibility (Item 253)
Mental flexibility can be defined as a way of thinking – an attitude. It’s a way of approaching situations that allows you to adapt behavior to achieve the best outcomes. In this presentation, participants learn to increase their mental flexibility to become better listeners, better observers, better thinkers and more effective problem-solvers.

Building Your Thinking Power, Part II: The Power of Ideas (Item 254)
People who are skilled at producing new ideas can make an important contribution to society. This presentation clarifies the basic principles of creative thinking and explores specific techniques that can make participants more effective idea producers.

From Speaker to Trainer (Item 257)
Many businesses and organizations have realized the importance of training. Properly trained people increase productivity and make fewer mistakes. But how do you train people? In this presentation you will discover the five steps involved in preparing and presenting a training presentation using adult learning principles. You will also learn the roles of trainers and the differences between public speaking and training. You will gain practical experience in facilitating discussion and conducting exercises.


How to Conduct Productive Meetings (Item 236)
This presentation reveals the techniques and dynamics for conducting productive meetings for any group. What are the secrets to opening and concluding meetings? How can you tell if the meeting is running smoothly? This presentation answers these questions and more as it shows how to conduct effective meetings.

Parliamentary Procedure in Action (Item 237)
Appropriate rules of order are a must in most corporations, associations and organizations. The ability to understand and apply parliamentary skills is a much sought-after quality among managers and leaders. This presentation teaches how to effectively lead and participate in parliamentary-style discussions.

Leadership, Part I: Characteristics of Effective Leaders (Item 255)
Managers analyze information, make inferences and make decisions daily. Leaders, on the other hand, influence and inspire group members and motivate followers to achieve a mission or goal. They have power. This presentation defines the qualities that determine effective leaders.

Leadership, Part II: Developing Your Leadership Skills (Item 256)
To be an effective leader, you must have the ability to accept and overcome challenges. By being a positive influence, a leader will help team members to function productively and deliver quality performance. This presentation teaches the skills and techniques needed to be an effective leader, such as contracting for excellence, team-building, motivation and coaching.

Leadership, Part III: Working in the Team Environment (Item 258)
Today, in businesses and other organizations around the world, people are talking about teams. They use such words as “teamwork,” “project teams,” “work teams” and “team leaders.” In this presentation you will discover the qualities of effective teams and how to build a team. Topics covered include developing team relations, encouraging commitment, fostering collaboration, building trust and resolving conflict.

Improving Your Management Skills (Item 259)
Managers are an integral part of any organization. All societies depend on the goods and services provided by the organizations these individuals manage. Each of us has experience with employees every day, directly or indirectly, as we come into contact with businesses and other organizations. Whether we have positive experiences in these encounters depends greatly on the people who manage them. This presentation helps develop the skills and qualities required to be an effective manager, and it shows how you can incorporate them into your own work.

You can also download the Expanding Your Horizons brochure, for a complete listing of Success/Communication and Success/Leadership programs and additional details.