Level 1 sounds… basic. Like boot camp. Where you start.
Level 1 Confusion
This is your first introduction to the education program and to be honest, I found it very confusing at the start. I didn’t understand how the projects worked and was often struggling with them. At the rollout of Pathways, nobody had any experience understanding the flow of Level 1.
There are 4 projects in Level 1, but one of the projects, Evaluation and Feedback, has several distinct parts to it – 2 speeches PLUS an evaluation.
So you have more work than you’d think.
You start with the Ice Breaker speech project. In Project 2, you give a different speech from your Ice Breaker. You’ll give it 2 times – the second time, you try to use the points of growth that your evaluator gave you to improve it. Then you serve as someone else’s evaluator. Finally, you have another speech that requires some research and organization. We’ll cover each of these projects in future podcasts – so stay tuned!
Where you start in Toastmasters is with the Ice Breaker Speech.
The first speech you give is the Ice Breaker, a speech about yourself.
Start in the Middle
What’s your story? Don’t worry about the introduction or the conclusion until you know what you want to say in your ice breaker. Once you determine the two or three things you want to focus on, then you can perhaps find a personal story that fits into the speech framework. By using a story, you can then write the end of your speech by wrapping up your story, and then write the beginning of your speech with the opening of the story.
Tell Us a Story in your Ice Breaker
What story do you want to tell us? Is it a personal history? Is it your career path? Is it what brought you to Toastmasters? We’re good with any of them. By building and using a story, you can create an effective opening and closing to your speech.
Don’t forget your speech introduction for the meeting toastmaster.
This is a courtesy given to the meeting toastmaster. The toastmaster is expected to give you an introduction that will prepare the audience for your speech. You wouldn’t want a humorous introduction for an emotional presentation, would you? The only way for a toastmaster to know how to introduce you is to have a written intro in hand.
The toastmaster needs to know how to say your name – especially if it’s difficult to say based on the spelling. (We know who we are – our names are always mangled!) You should also give the name of the manual and the project number with the project title. This helps not only your evaluator (who will have your manual for the evaluation) but the rest of the club to know what you’re trying to accomplish. I have a timing tear off on the bottom of my intro that I give to the timer, especially if the timing isn’t the standard 5-7 minutes.
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