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Monday, 06 March 2017 17:10

What are some good topics for Toastmasters (Competent Communicator) Project 5?

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Enjoy YourselfProject # 5 is Your Body Speaks and the objectives are:

· To use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.

• To make your body language smooth and natural.

I believe that stories told from the third-person perspective are the best topics for this speech project. I have completed this project 15 times so far and actually just delivered it last week.

I told a story about an elderly couple, Martha & Wilbur, who went to a local fair and had the opportunity to go for a ride in an open cockpit biplane. Most people in the audience had been to the particular fair that I was speaking about and I was able to use my hands to gesture and my voice to paint a picture that put them back at the fair. With my outstretched hands I was able to illustrate the airplane doing loop de loops and barrel rolls. It was a lot of fun.

Using gestures to this degree doesn’t come naturally to me, so I really had to be conscious of what I was trying to achieve.

I can also recall one member years ago singing Old McDonald had a Farm. Her gestures were used to mimic all of the animals in the song. I’m not sure if I could deliver the same speech. I’m not a singer and it took a lot of guts for her to pull it off.

I would suggest you find a story you like to tell to family and friends and then exaggerate it somewhat. Nobody says that you have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Have some fun with this project.

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