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Communication Track

Getting started - the Competent Communication manual

When you join, you receive the Competent Communication manual, which has 10 speech projects. These projects offer specific and targeted objectives, helping you develop your speaking skills one step at a time. When you complete this manual, you earn the Competent Communicator (CC) designation and receive an official CC certificate from Toastmasters International. If you wish, Toastmasters World Headquarters can also send your employer a letter about your accomplishment. You can then embark on the Advanced Communication Series.

The Advanced Communication Series

The Advanced Communication Series consists of 15 manuals, each containing 5 speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented, while others prepare you for life's many speech-giving occasions. The manuals are:

As you progress along these advanced manuals, you become eligible for the Advanced Communicator awards. There are 3 levels of achievement in this category:

The Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award:

The Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) award:

The Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) award:

Leadership Track

The Leadership Track is where you acquire and practice leadership skills serving as a Club Leader, Area Governor, District Governor, District Governor - Public Relations Officer; Lieutenant Governor Marketing or Education and Training, or eventually even be elected to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors and even to the Presidency of the Organisation.

The Leadership Track is designed to be completed concurrently with the Communication Track. There are three levels in the Leadership Track: 

Competent Leader (CL) award:

When you join, you also receive the Competent Leadership manual which has 10 projects. You complete these projects by serving in various roles during the weekly meetings, and receiving written feedback from an evaluator for each role. When you complete this manual, you earn the Competent Leader (CL) designation and receive an official CL certificate from Toastmasters International. If you wish, Toastmasters World Headquarters can also send your employer a letter about your accomplishment. You can then embark on the Advanced Leader Program.

Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) award:

Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) award:

High Performance Leadership

High Performance Leadership features five projects offering instruction and practice in such vital leadership areas as developing a vision, goal-setting and planning, developing plans and strategies, and team-building. It also gives you feedback on your leadership skills. The program may be completed within your Toastmasters club, area or district, and even within your company or community.

Perhaps you would enjoy taking on a project for your club or district while serving as an officer or committee chairman. Or, if you are an employee or supervisor in a business organization, you could do a leadership project related to the needs of your organization. Other possibilities include projects for your community, church, an association or professional group, or some other organization. Your project can be almost anything, so long as it is legal, ethical, and socially responsible, and your activities are not represented as being endorsed by Toastmasters International.

Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award:

The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest award the Toastmasters organization bestows and it recognizes both communication and leadership skills. To be eligible for the award a member must have:

When you achieve the DTM award, you'll receive a plaque and, if you wish, World Headquarters will send a letter to your employer about your achievement.

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