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Toastmasters Speech Series: Your Guide to the First 10 Speeches

Toastmasters Speeches GuideThis is the first article of the Toastmasters Speech Series — a collection of articles which examines the fundamentals of public speaking.

Not familiar with Toastmasters? Find out here.

For Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike, these articles show how you can graduate from speaking fear to inspiring your audience.

The format for the series will be one article for each of the ten speeches which comprise the introductory Toastmasters manual — the Competent Communicator Manual.

The Toastmasters Speech Series
  1. The Ice Breaker
  2. Organize Your Speech
  3. Get to the Point
  4. How To Say It
  5. Your Body Speaks
  6. Vocal Variety
  7. Research Your Topic
  8. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids (coming next)
  9. Persuade with Power
  10. Inspire Your Audience

For Toastmasters and Non-Toastmasters Alike

If you are a Toastmaster, this is your guide through the first ten speeches. For each speech project, we’ll look at tips, techniques, and wherever possible, written and video examples of speeches which demonstrate the goals.

If you are not a Toastmaster, consider this an introductory public speaking course. Each of the 10 speeches covers one fundamental skill for public speakers. This is the solid formula on which the Toastmasters program is based. If you’ve never joined Toastmasters or taken a public speaking course, this series will be a primer for you.

Overview of the First Ten Toastmasters Speeches

As the articles are published, each of these will turn into links to those articles.

  • Speech 1: The Ice Breaker — The first speech of the Toastmasters program is about introducing yourself to your peers, providing a benchmark for your current skill level, and standing and speaking without falling over.
  • Speech 2: Organize Your Speech — Introduces the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.
  • Speech 3: Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.
  • Speech 4: How to Say It — Examines word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.
  • Speech 5: Your Body Speaks — Shows how to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.
  • Speech 6: Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.
  • Speech 7: Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.
  • Speech 8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
  • Speech 9: Persuade With Power — Discusses audience analysis and the different forms of persuasion available to a speaker.
  • Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience — The last of ten speeches, this project challenges the speaker to draw all their skills together to deliver a powerful inspirational message.

Sample Written Speeches and Speech Videos

Venn Diagram - Select Speech Topics from the CentreEach article will include several examples of real speeches written and delivered by Toastmasters.

The purpose of including these samples is not to say “Look, here’s the right way to do this project.” In fact, there is no single “right way.”

Instead, I hope these sample speeches will provide ideas and inspiration for you as you search for relevant topics from your own life experiences.

Next in the Toastmasters Speech Series

The next article in this series addresses Speech 1: The Ice Breaker.

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  1. shashi bhushan says:

    Excellent work !!!

    Keep it up.
    I’ll see how I can contribute.

    TM Shashi

  2. Chris says:

    This is very good information. I found this since I was looking for information on Toastmasters. I’m definitely going to be joining.

    I can’t wait to see the rest of the speeches get posted.


  3. Jacqui Grobler says:

    Please could you let me know when you are doing the rest of the manual?
    These are very helpful.

  4. Rajagopalan says:

    Excellent info – now one doesnt need to read the CC Manual – everything’s here on a click… 🙂

    Keep up the gud work

    1. Andrew Dlugan says:

      Thanks for the kind words, but I don’t agree with “one doesn’t need to read the CC manual”. These articles are intended to complement the CC manual, and provide additional guidance for Toastmasters members.

  5. R. Gopinath says:

    I found your articles and links to the examples and your analysis very helpful in my project speeches ( 1 to 4).
    However you have not gone beyond Project 4. Recently I gave my Project 5 speech (Your Body Speaks). The text is available at
    Please feel free to refer it in your article if you think it is worthwhile.

  6. B says:

    Well, I guess they gave up on the CC series, I’ve been checking back for months and months waiting for number 5, in the meantime I have completed 3 and 4 in my own club, I guess I’ll trudge on through 5 with no extra help… I’m getting more confidence, so I guess I don’t need it.

  7. Gopinath says:

    It will be really great if this series is resumed. Meanwhile I guess for the ones who are seeking tips on Project 5 (Body Language) and Project 6 (Vocal Variety) can refer to Speech Preparation series #7
    It proved to be really useful for my Project 6 speech.

  8. This is very great Blog. I find so many useful resources here. Could you please continue the toastmasters post series 🙂

  9. Gopinath says:

    Here is an an example of Project 7 speech – Research Your Topic. Recently we had general elections in India and we used Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). I did some research on the process of electronic voting and the EVMs based on which I gave this speech.
    Here is the link

  10. Gopinath says:

    My Project 8 Speech ( Get comfortable with visual aids) was inspired by 3 short articles in Paulo Coelho’s book “Like the Flowing River”.
    It was all about the wisdom we can gain from common day to day objects. I used a currency note, a pencil and some bananas as props. The speech was very well received in my club. Here is the link to the same

  11. Gopinath says:

    Sponsor a Girl Child. This was my topic for Project 9 (Persuade with Power Speech). I talked about Nanhi Kali a project in India which is doing a yeoman service in securing the sponsorships for educating girls from underpriveleged sections of the society. I have been associated with this project for last 10 years and in my speech I tried to persuade the Toastmasters to sponsor at least one girl. The speech was well received. Here is the link

  12. Barbara Kite says:

    I’m almost afraid to delve into any more of these videos as I’ve looked at quite a few already and they scare me. Because speakers don’t seem to realize that speaking is performing and so their voices are week, their energry is low, their speech sounds memorized but here goes.

    1. Andrew Dlugan says:

      Hi Barbara:
      Don’t forget that many of the Toastmasters members in these videos are taking their very first public speaking steps. It’s okay that they are not yet polished speechwriters or speakers. That’s why have committed themselves to improvement through Toastmasters.

  13. Gopinath says:

    I completed my Project 10 speech (Inspire Your Audience). The topic was “Three Essential Qualities of a Toastmaster”.

  14. Sue Hutton says:

    It would be really good if you would update the series for speeches 7, 8, 9 and 10.
    Or perhaps I should start my own website and do that

  15. usha says:

    Its indeed an excellent article from the toast masters end.

  16. Jamie says:

    I really love your six minutes guide to the first ten speeches! It was really helpful and I don’t think I could have pulled off my speeches successfully without your help!

    Thanks again Andrew, it would be great if you could continue to inspire us novice toastmasters!


  17. Dr. Ida Pennella says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for posting them.

  18. Katie says:

    Hi Andrew
    I subscribe to Six Minutes and really enjoy your blog. I particularly like your links to the first 6 Toastmasters speeches. Do you plan to post information on speeches 7-10? I’d find it most helpful. (I am a Toastmaster). Many thanks

  19. This is such a great blog. Love the ten Toastmasters speeches.

  20. Mon J Gamil says:

    Hi Andrew. This is a great site. Very valuable for TMs or non-TMs. Can I direct our Club Guests to your site? Even for new TMs – this will be very helpful before they receive their manuals. Again, Thanks a lot. Enjoying the Olympics?

    Mon J Gamil
    Lakeview TM Club, Mississauga, Ontario

    1. Andrew Dlugan says:

      You are welcome to link to Six Minutes articles anytime you like!

  21. Tyrone Campbell says:

    I have recently join a toastmasters club. It is amazing, with all the talking I do with friends. When it comes to formulizing a speech it seems alittle intimidating. I am thankful for this website. I hope to improve as a public speaker.

  22. Arun V.Raman says:

    Andrew Dlugan,
    Thanks for the resources that you provide. Can you please send me information on your rates for training in “Advanced Speech Techniques” and information on how you would deliver training.

    I have a CTM/CC in ToastMasters, would like to improve to be a powerful, impact speaker. I have the lexicon resources(passive) and would like that to be active and effective for strong speech delivery, stage presence to influence multiple levels of consciousness within my intended audiences.

  23. Patricia Cotton says:

    This is awesome…I am sending this link to all the Toastmasters Officers in all the clubs I am in so they can give this extra umph to their new and seasoned members.

    You always have great articles and information…thank you very much!
    Thank you for the interview with LaShunda Rundles.

    Warm regards,
    Patricia Cotton

  24. Kevin says:

    Hello Andrew

    Awesome blog…I found it loaded with helpful tips…I enjoy reading all the topics…May I know if you have an idea for a humourous topic of discussion as I have this contest coming and I really lack inspiration and the deadline is closing in!!!


  25. rex tyler says:

    for my mentees and club members this is perfect,
    written with an ease that can be seen
    its helpful,and supportive of my efforts
    I appreciate you for you have been
    and sharing

    thank you so much

  26. bookmark says:

    Awesome blog…I found it loaded with helpful tips…I enjoy reading all the topics…May I know if you have an idea for a humourous topic of discussion as I have this contest coming and I really lack inspiration and the deadline is closing in!!!

  27. sheryle peters says:


  28. Phil Costello, CC, CL, ACB, ACS says:

    As a Toastmaster for many years, it heightens my energy level to read posts about my organization, and its stature in the world. The letters after my name indicate that I have completed the first ten speeches, CC, and subsequent levels of expertise within the organization. As an accomplished speaker, and toastmaster, I want to commend your efforts to broaden the horizon of the speaking field, and the breadth to which your site has made speaking look easy.

  29. Jothi says:

    Dear Mr. Dulgan
    very informative and succinct.
    I’m thankful.
    Kind regards
    Div C and A
    Dist 20

  30. 'Big' Dave Grant says:

    Thanks for a wonderful site.

  31. Patrick Guilfoyle says:

    I just finished speech #4 as a member of TM. Slowly, I’m improving. However, I still find it difficult to memorize my speeches. Any advice, especially for my next speech?

    1. Andrew Dlugan says:

      It may seem obvious, but the best way to move toward delivering without notes is extensive rehearsal/preparation. The more time you allow yourself to rehearse the speech, the more it will “stick” in your head.

      Having said that, you don’t need to make the leap all at once. If you are currently writing out speeches in full and reading them, then move toward using notes which have just the first sentence of each paragraph and a few key words as a means to jog your memory. Then, move toward writing down just a couple keywords for each paragraph of your speech. Then, move toward notes which contain just a couple keywords for each major point or story you are using. From there, its a very small step to delivering without notes at all.

      1. Patrick says:

        Andrew, thanks alot.
        My next speech is #5.
        I feel confident about this speech because: I’m knowledgeable about gestures and cross cultural communication.

  32. Glenda Smith says:

    I am very appreciative of your tips on the 10 speeches.

  33. Something to note for non-members reading this post is that you can present any “topic” you’d like in your Toastmasters speeches. The Toastmasters manuals are designed to give you objectives to work toward accomplishing with each presentation…but the topic you present is up to you.

  34. Marius says:

    Hi Andrew

    Just wanted to say thanks – your blog has been very helpful to get me through my CC manual.

  35. Julie says:

    Toastmasters is a great place for beginning speakers to learn how to research, write and deliver speeches on a consistent basis. I still go back to some of my Toastmasters books when I need a refresher course.

  36. edmore says:

    this is a great initiative. it will go a long way in assisting people become better speakers.

  37. Kate Breslin says:

    I really like the lay-out of this page- user friendly and great learning aid.
    When are you doing Speech 8??

  38. K says:

    Great info, thank you!

  39. Balungile says:

    how do you become a member. am not very good at delivering speeches i stutter a lot . Please assist

  40. shree says:

    I found this article very useful, thanks a ton!!Please keep up the good work.

    I’m sure there are others like me who are waiting for your inputs about project 8 onwards.


  41. Josephine says:

    Interested in getting back in to toastmasters

  42. Erik says:

    Excellent website, Andrew. I am very grateful for your taking the time to put all these precious resources together for us.

  43. Ivo D'Silva says:

    Having been a toastmaster in several clubs both in the UAE as well as here in New Zealand, I have learned that experience and confidence as a mature speaker is a corner stone of sharing this rich experience and knowledge with others within the club and we all listen and learn together. This is my passion.

  44. vrunda says:

    I take workshops on Stress management, self Haeling, Yoga I am a physician with cardiac reahb specialisation
    I am enriched with ur website contents

  45. Sabino Baluyot, M.D. says:

    I strongly believe your articles will help me become an effective public speaker


  47. Ras says:

    Hello! Amazing blog site! Very helpful. While preparing for next project in TM, I came across your website. I have a question here, from Projects 4 onwards, can you use old speech (like the speech you created for Project 3) to delivery your 4, 5 or 6 or any other projects ahead? Appreciate your reply. Thanks

  48. Fiorella says:

    I am a Toastmasters and have recently finished my CC Manual and would like to receive information about advanced speeches. Thanks

  49. Darshana Lee says:

    Hi Andrew

    Why are Speeches 8-10 not posted here please? Where or how can I find them?
    Thanks 🙂

  50. Patricia Bowers says:

    I am a beginner, at public speaking I am recovering from an auto accident and feel like I am coming out of a fog, or a walking zombie state and now I have to get my brain to remember, present intelligently and with a purpose.

  51. Scott E. says:

    Andrew, Thanks for taking the time to share these insights, tips, and examples. I’m 5 speeches into my CC and have found your detailed info very helpful and inspiring. When I shared the site w/my wife, she said, “Of course it’s good stuff, he’s Canadian.” She’s obviously Canadian as well. Kudos on both fronts. -SE

  52. Sadiksha Thapa says:

    Would love to have recommendation for project 9 as well.

  53. Supatra says:


    How can I get 8-9-10.

    I ammgoing to present 8 then 9 and fonish 10 .


  54. Betsy Chaput says:

    Please add me to your e-mail list.

  55. Champion says:

    Please assist
    Advanced Life Skills
    Do You Have “Good Old Days” Syndrome?
    Posted: 30 Aug 2016 05:37 PM PDT
    Recently I was contacted by some old friends that I had not seen or heard from in about 36 years. Oh the power of the web! As we talked, I began to realize that they might be victims of what I like to refer to as Glory Day Syndrome, which is basically a nostalgic longing for the so called “good old days.” I started to think about the limiting effects of this condition, and to wonder how many of our readers might be struggling with it as well.

    Longing for those good old days

    Do you remember an old Bruce Springsteen song called Glory Days? The lyrics tell the tale of three people who look back on times gone by with longing. Why? Because their current situation is disappointing and doesn’t measure up to the good old days. The last verse goes like this:

    Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
    a little of the glory of, well time slips away
    and leaves you with nothing mister but
    boring stories of glory days

    It can happen to anyone!

    In the song there are three completely different scenarios. The first guy was a star baseball player back in high school. Many years later, that’s what he still likes to talk about. The second was a woman who was very popular and could “turn all the boys heads” when she was in school. Now she is divorced with kids and very disappointed by her situation, so she talks about the good old days.

    The third guy is a little different. He worked on an assembly line at Ford for twenty years and never had any glory days. In retrospect, his life seems boring without any real highlights to look back on in his old age.

    Can you relate to any of these scenarios?

    For many, life just hasn’t lived up to their expectations. They started out excited, energetic, and full of hope, and ended up feeling disappointed and let down. So what is it that allows others to feel totally excited by life and looking forward to each new day instead of thinking about those so long lost good old days?

    Circumstances can certainly have a huge effect, but that’s not the answer. The way we know this is that many people are able to rise above the worst kind of circumstances and still maintain a positive, optimistic view of life. So there must be other factors involved.

    What Glory Day Syndrome is not!

    Hopefully, we all have fond memories associated with different times of our lives, times that stood out as special. We think of those times with great fondness and we enjoy reflecting on them. This is normal and healthy, even comforting. It is not Glory Day Syndrome unless we feel that life is not now, or will it ever be that good again.

    As long as we can continue to look forward to tomorrow with a positive sense of eager anticipation then we are fine. In this case, our good old days are just the really memorable parts of our living experience. But our focus is still in the here and now, and we expect each coming day to be a positive and worthwhile experience.

    OK, so what is it?

    It’s all about where we choose to put our focus. If we are so emotionally invested in the past that it prevents us from seeing and appreciating the wonderment of our present life, then we’ve got glory day syndrome.

    Imagine being on a journey and spending all your time looking in the rear-view mirror. Instead of seeing what’s all around, you would only see what is behind you. Instead of anticipating what is beyond the next bend, your view would only include the past. We all glance in the rear-view mirror from time to time, but our focus should be on where we are now, and where we are headed.

    You can never go back

    The past is exactly that, past. In other words, it’s gone and it’s not coming back. You can revisit the people and places, but you cannot relive the experience in the same way. We grow and change. Life is not static, and as the saying goes – time waits for no one.

    Don’t waste today longing for yesterday. Make today your good old days and adopt the attitude that the best is still ahead. How can you do that?

    Learning keeps life exciting

    Our potential to learn and experience new things is almost inexhaustible. When our mind gets bored, our life turns boring and there is a tendency to think back to more exciting times. So make today exciting by learning new things. What have you always wanted to do? Well, stop wanting and start doing.

    Create the life you want to live

    There is no time to bust out of a rut like right now. Just because things have been a certain way for a long while doesn’t mean that they can’t change. You can change almost anything you want to, and you can start right now.

    If you feel that you lack the skills to make serious changes in your life, don’t let that stop you. I created Find Your TRUE SELF to quickly teach you everything you need to know to completely transform your life. So please, don’t allow the lack of a few simple skills to stand between you and a life you can get excited about.

    Glory Day Syndrome is curable. All it takes is a shift in focus and a strong shot of motivation. Why would we want to keep looking behind us when tomorrow can be used to realize today’s dreams? I tell you with absolute certainty that if you want it, then the best is yet to come.

    Do you know someone with glory day syndrome?
    How do you feel about change?
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  56. SK says:

    Thanks Andrew!
    Aprreciate your sharing thats definitely helps
    me to prepare my 10projects.


  57. Roosevelt Presendieu says:

    as a foreigner,is it possible for me to break the ice?

  58. Talay says:

    Good article I’d like to receive more articles

  59. Just Started attending toastmaster meeting and I am keen to learn more. The articles are a great help to those of us starting out on the journey Thanks

  60. Maheshwaran Jayapaul says:

    Wanted to become a member of toast masters international

  61. Hi, I was actually waiting for the Toastmasters Speech 8 to 10 but you haven’t update your post yet.

    Thank you for the other samples. It helped me!

  62. Hello,
    I would like to receive your newsletter

  63. Reiko Derose says:

    Valuable writing – my colleague a few days ago located to arrange pdf – It’s phenominal straightforward to use and it’s great , I saw on the website they offer a 30 day trial now…

  64. Rock Chang says:

    Thanks for your share.

  65. Anngellic Dinkins says:

    I am considering joining Toastmasters.

  66. seema says:

    excellent work

  67. Thank you very much for the very valuable materials on Toastmasters prepared speech program. I deeply appreciated your earnest efforts.

  68. David Laungani says:

    Like to know more

  69. Sidney Cartwright says:

    I was discussing debate classes with my grandson and wanted to tell him about speech also but couldn’t remember the three types of speeches we had to give.
    1. Impromptu
    Can’t remember actual title of other two. Any help here?

  70. bridgette says:

    this is motivating
    Thanks alot

    1. excellent work thank you

  71. carlo tomoling says:

    You made me realize there is so much time for us to improve our public speaking skills.

  72. Saima says:

    I want to be persuasive speaker thats why i have search website to laern more about it.

  73. ringo says:

    I am a beginner.

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