Competent Communicator Manual Projects Guide

Having being a member of Toastmasters International since June 2012, I gladly recommend its educational program to anyone interested. From my time as an active member of the organization, I have found that the best way to take full advantage of the program is to work it. It is just like a gym membership. If you pay every month for access to the gym and all its resources but you don’t use them, it is your loss.  Lionnel-Yamentou-at-OC-Toasters-Group-Picture

Of course there will be times or situations where you cannot use your local gym because you are out of town or there are changes in your schedules. Toastmasters International doesn’t let you get away with any excuse. There are clubs in almost every country on the planet, and if there are no clubs in your country, you will be fully assisted in creating the first.

The educational program helps members improve their public speaking (Communication Track) and leadership skills (Leadership Track). As part of the Communication Track and as a new member, you receive a manual called the Competent Communicator manual.The Competent Communicator manual contains a series of 10 speech projects. Those projects progressively build on various basic public speaking skills that you are guaranteed to gain if you spend enough quality time preparing for them.

As part of my YouTube channel 365 Days of Public Speaking, I created a guide for each one of the projects in the manual. This guide in the form of a 10 videos series will inform non-Toastmasters and will provide Toastmasters with advice on how to make the most of each project. Enjoy! 🙂

The 11 Most Common Mistakes of Public Speaking

The 11 Most Common Mistakes of Public Speaking
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If you have been involved with speaking with a group of two or more people at any point in time in your life, you have done a form of public speaking. Speaking is the most widely consciously used channel of communication between people. It should be a lifelong goal for every single one of us on the planet to continuously get better at speaking in public.

It has been estimated that business professionals who are competent at public speaking make on average 30% more than their counterparts who are not as good.

From my years of experience in public speaking, below are what I have identified as the 11 most common mistakes of public speaking:

  1. Not enough deliberate preparation
  2. Surrendering to fear
  3. Using too much verbal garbage
  4. Lack of passion
  5. Uncontrolled movements
  6. Unclear speech structure
  7. Using too much or too little information
  8. Closing without a call to action
  9. Not creating an emotional connection with your audience
  10. Unskilled time management
  11. Taking yourself too seriously

To learn more about the 11 mistakes above and listen to my recommendations on how to avoid them, checkout my YouTube video series on the subject: Follow this link for the playlist: or visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel, 365 Days of Public Speaking: