Visionary Communication

This path helps you build your skills as a strategic communicator and leader. The projects on this path focus on developing your skills for sharing information with a group, planning communications and creating innovative solutions. Speech writing and speech delivery are emphasized in each project. This path culminates in the development and launch of a long-term personal or professional vision.

LEVEL 1 - Mastering Fundamentals

Project 1 - Communicate Change


This project focuses on creating a communication plan by gathering evidence to support the need for change and communicating change with your audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to effectively communicate change to a group or organization. Overview: Develop a plan for communicating a change to an audience affected by the change. At a club meeting, communicate the change in a 5- to 7-minute speech. You may speak about a real or hypothetical change that affects your club or another group in your life. This speech is not a report on the content of this project, but a speech about how you would or will communicate a real or hypothetical change. This project includes:
■ Developing a plan for communicating change
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Building A Social Media Presence


This project addresses how best to use different types of online communication. You will create and maintain an online profile to promote yourself or an organization. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to apply your understanding of social media to enhance an established or new social media presence. Overview: Use this project and your own research to build a new social media presence or enhance an existing presence. You may focus on a personal goal (such as connecting with old friends or promoting a blog) or on a professional goal (such as promoting a business or organization). Use the tools you identify as best for you and your purpose. After you achieve your goal, deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech to your club about your results, experience, and the benefits of social media. Submit the Project Completion Form to your vice president education to receive credit for completing the project. Note: With the vice president public relation’s approval, you may choose to create a social media presence for your Toastmasters club. This project includes:
■ Establishing or enhancing a social media presence
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Create A Podcast


This project addresses the skills you need to develop a podcast, create interesting content and organize a cohesive program. You will learn how to record and upload it to the internet. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce you to the skills needed to organize and present a podcast. Overview: Use this project and your own research to create a podcast. Record a minimum of 60 minutes of content. You are free to divide the episodes as you choose. Each separate episode must be at least 10 minutes, but may be longer if it fits your topic and style. After you record all content, play a 5- to 10-minute segment in your club. Introduce the segment in a 2- to 3-minute speech. This project includes:
■ Recording 60 minutes of podcast content
■ A 2- to 3-minute introduction speech




Elective - Manage Online Meetings


This project addresses how to effectively conduct online meetings and webinars, prepare and organize necessary visual aids, and lead with confidence. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice facilitating an online meeting or leading a webinar. Overview: Conduct a 20- to 25-minute online meeting with fellow Toastmasters or a 20- to 25-minute webinar with visual aids for fellow Toastmasters. You determine the topic of your meeting or webinar. Research and use software that best fits your needs and geographic area. Invite your evaluator to participate in the online meeting or webinar. If you complete your assignment with non-Toastmasters, you must receive approval from the vice president education and invite your evaluator to attend. This project includes:
■ The Online Meeting Agenda resource
■ The Online Meeting Basics resource
■ Planning and conducting a 20- to 25-minute online meeting or webinar




Elective - Manage Projects Successfully


This project focuses on skills needed to effectively manage a project, develop rapport with stakeholders and cultivate strong relationships with a team. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice developing a plan, building a team, and fulfilling the plan with the help of your team. Overview: Form a team of three to four people and choose a project. Create a plan for your project and present the plan to your club in a 2- to 3-minute speech. Work with your team to complete your project. Present a 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience. This speech may be humorous, informational, or any type of speech that appeals to you. It should not be a report about the content of this project, but a reflection of your experience applying what you learned. Note: When considering projects to complete, refer to future projects on your path. You may be able to use the assignment in this project to help you prepare for the completion of an upcoming project. This project includes:
■ Building a team
■ Creating a project plan
■ The Project Plan resource
■ A 2- to 3-minute speech about your plan
■ Completing the plan with your team
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience




Elective - Public Relations Strategies


This project focuses on how to promote awareness of an organization, formulate a public relations strategy and use various public relations tactics. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to effectively use public relations strategies for any group or situation. Overview: Create a public relations plan for a real or hypothetical group or situation. If it involves your club, it must be hypothetical unless you communicate with the vice president public relations and club president. Share your plan in a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting. This speech is not a report on the content of this project, but an example of how you will or might apply what you learned. This project includes:
■ Creating a public relations strategy
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Question and Answer Session


This project addresses how to prepare to answer questions and provide information clearly, concisely and with confidence. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn about and practice facilitating a question-and-answer session. Overview: Select a topic of which you are particularly knowledgeable. Prepare and deliver a speech on this topic, followed by a question-and-answer session. Together, the speech and question-and-answer session must be 15 to 20 minutes. Use your time effectively to ensure both segments are completed. This project includes:
■ A 5-to 7-minute speech
■ A question-and-answer session after the speech




Elective - Write A Compelling Blog


This project addresses the basics of developing a compelling blog and successfully engaging a readership. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to review or introduce the skills needed to write and maintain a blog. Overview: Post a minimum of eight blog posts in one month. Your blog may be new or one you have already established. You must receive approval from the vice president education to blog on behalf of your club. Deliver a 2- to 3-minute speech at a club meeting about the impact of your blogging experience. You may choose to have your blog evaluated by members of the club. Submit your signed Project Completion Form to the vice president education to receive credit for this project. This project includes:
■ Maintaining a blog and posting at least eight times in one month
■ The Blog Evaluation Form
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 2- to 3-minute speech




Elective - Manage a Difficult Audience


This project covers common behaviors of difficult audience members and how to address each behavior in a calm, effective and professional way. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to address audience challenges when you present outside of your Toastmasters club. Overview: Prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic of your choosing. You may write a new speech or use a speech you presented previously. You will be evaluated on the way you manage audience disruptions, not the content of your speech. Before your club meeting, send the Role Play Assignments resource to the Toastmaster and vice president education. As you present your speech, respond to different types of difficult audience members that disrupt you. The process of speaking and responding to audience members will take 12 to 15 minutes. This project includes:
■ A role play assignment for club members
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech





LEVEL 2 - Learning Your Style

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Bref historique de la spéléologie


Votre moniteur Charlie descendant l'abîme de Bramabiau Bien que les humains et les grottes aient une relation intime depuis la nuit des temps, l'activité de spéléologie a commencé à la fin du XVIIIe siècle en Slovénie, lorsque les scientifiques ont remis en question la disparition de l'eau sur les karsts slovènes. L'eau de pluie semble être systématiquement absorbée par le calcaire. Mais où va-t-elle? Cette grande question a donné naissance à la spéléologie. Puis, E.A. Martel a marqué la France et le monde avec son approche de la spéléologie moderne en 1850, un nombre incroyable de gouffres ont été visités à son époque, dont l'illustre abîme de Bramabiau, en 1884. Aujourd'hui, la spéléologie est pratiquée dans de nombreux pays et malgré cette vaste pratique, l'exploration de nouveaux réseaux reste inquantifiable. Nous, passionnés de spéléologie, apprécions beaucoup la Nouvelle-Zélande, où le potentiel d'exploration est encore immense. Les karsts y sont variés et les fossiles conservés dans le calcaire sont incroyables! Fossile de baleine dans une grotte de Nouvelle Zélande




Qu'est-ce que la spéléologie ?


Plafond de bouquets d'Aragonites dans la grotte des Canalettes Victime de ses grands préjugés, la spéléologie ne se réduit pas à de la progression dans de la boue, des passages étriqués dans des chatières et les grottes ne recèlent pas de monstres en tout genre! Bien au contraire, nous aimerions vous emmener découvrir toute la richesse et la beauté des immenses vides souterrains et parcourir des galeries plus grandes que celles du métro. Vous serez étonnés par ses précieux cristaux d'une blancheur pure, ces rivières souterraines, et vous adorerez la descente en rappel .. et plus encore! Vous pouvez également vous initier à quelques techniques de descente et de remontée sur corde. La spéléologie est une science avant d'être un sport, car les grottes sont des milieux préservés, riches témoins des évolutions du temps. De la spéléologie sont nées des spécialités telles que la paléontologie, l'archéologie, la biospéléologie, la karstologie. Cette discipline est donc tout aussi dédiée aux curieux et aux esprits scientifiques.




Equipement nécessaire à la pratique de la spéléologie


Progression sécurisée sur main-courante à En Cassa Pour la spéléologie, nous nous équipons d'équipements de sécurité EPI conformes aux normes internationales et révisés chaque année: un harnais MTDE (ou harnais Singin Rock) équipé de longes de sécurité, un mousqueton, un descendeur simple Petzl ou un descendeur stop Petzl. Vous porterez un casque de montagne avec un éclairage de 350lms. Nous vous fournissons une combinaison en coton, adaptée aux grottes tempérées de notre région. De plus, Exploraddiction vous fournit des genouillères pour protéger vos genoux ainsi qu'une paire de bottes, adaptées pour bien adhérer dans un environnement souterrain. Avec tout cela, vous êtes parés !




A partir de quel âge peut-on faire de la spéléologie ?


Découverte de la spéléologie en famille. Les enfants adorent ça ! Explor'Addiction vous invite à découvrir la spéléologie à partir de 6 ans. Nous vous proposons 3 parcours découverte, 1 parcours sportif, plusieurs parcours verticaux, 2 parcours prestige (journéeà et bien d'autres cavités si vous les avez déjà toutes faites! C'est une activité sportive à la portée de tous, que vous soyez débutants, amateurs de sensations fortes ou curieux du monde souterrain. Vous pouvez faire de la spéléologie en famille, entre amis, à l'occasion d'un EVG ou d'une EVJF. Si vous voulez repousser vos limites, vous pourrez tester notre parcours du combattant! Appelez-nous, nous sommes là pour vous conseiller sur la cavité qui vous conviendra le mieux.




Où se trouvent les parcours de spéléologie dans les Pyrénées Orientales ?


Observation de "la table" dans la partie historique des Canalettes : les Petites Canalettes Les Pyrénées Orientales ont la chance de compter de nombreux karsts, nous permettant de vous offrir de nombreux parcours différents. Deux grottes ont été aménagées pour le grand public: la Grotte des Canalettes à Villefranche-de-Conflent et la Grotte de Fontrabiouse en Capcir. Ces visites vous donnent envie d'en voir plus? Vous êtes curieux du monde souterrain? Alors choisissez un itinéraire spéléo qui vous convient et réservez! A Prades, vous trouverez des parcours de découverte, des itinéraires sportifs et des sorties de prestige (sortie à la journée). À Opoul-Perillos, nous partiquons la spéléologie verticale où vous apprendrez à descendre et à remonter sur corde. A Puigcerda, en Espagne, nous vous proposons une sortie "parcours du combattant", c'est notre seul parcours où vous pourrez affronter les grands clichés de la spéléologie: boue, ramping, humidité, froid!
Les parcours de spéléologie sont accessibles en 30 minutes depuis Argelès-sur-mer, Sainte-Marie-la-mer, Saint Cyprien, Canet en Roussillon, Port Vendres, Banyuls-sur-mer, Collioure mais aussi Font Romeu, Les Angles, Formiguères, Mont Louis. A 40 minutes, de Port la Nouvelle , Leucate, Port Bacarès, Toreilles et Cerbères.





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How did caving start?


Your guide Charlie is going down Bramabiau underground river Although humans and caves have had an intimate relationship since time immemorial, speleology activity began in the late 18th century in Slovenia, when scientists questioned the dispersal of water on karsts. Slovenians. In spite of the rain, the limestone seems to "water" systematically. But where is she going? This is the big question that gave birth to speleology. E.A. Martel marked France and the world with his approach to modern caving in 1850, and an incredible number of chasms were visited during his time, including the illustrious abyss of Bramabiau, in 1884. Today, caving is practiced in many countries. The exploration of abysses remaining on a global scale is unquantifiable. We, caving enthusiasts, highly appreciate New Zealand, where the remaining exploration is immense. The karsts are varied and the fossils preserved in the limestone are incredible! Whale fossils found in a cave, New Zeland




What is caving about ?


Plafond de bouquets d'Aragonites dans la grotte des Canalettes Victim of its great prejudices, speleology is not just mud, cracks and monsters of all kinds! On the contrary, w'd like to take you to find out all the richness and beauty of the immense underground voids and galleries larger than the subway. You will be astonished by its precious crystals of pure whiteness, its underground rivers, and you will love abseiling down.. and up ! You can also learn some techniques of ascending on rope. Speleology is a science before being a sport, as the caves are preserved environments, rich witnesses of the evolutions of time. From speleology were born specialties such as paleontology, archeology, biospeleology, karstology.




Caving gear


Cavers are climbing up, secured on a hand-line For caving, we equip ourselves with PPE safety equipment that meet international standards and is revised each year: an MTDE harness (or Singin Rock harness) fitted with safety lanyards, a carabiner and a Petzl descender. You will wear a mountain helmet with a 350lms lighting. You will wear a overall coton suit, adapted to the temperate caves of our region. In addition, Exploraddiction provides you with knee pads to protect your knees as well as a pair of boots, adapted to adhere well in an underground environment. With all that, you are all set!




What age is requiered to start caving ?


Discovering caving in family, kids loves that ! Explor'Addiction invites you to discover caving from the age of 6. We offer 3 discovery courses, 1 sports course, several vertical courses, 2 prestige courses and many other cavities if you have already done them all! It is a sporting activity within the reach of all, in family, between friends, for an EVG / EVJF. We even created an obstacle course! Call us, we are here to advise you on the cavity that will suit you best.




Where to practice caving ?


Cavers are observing "the table", in the historical entrance of Petites Canalettes The Eastern Pyrenees counts with numerous karsts, each of which enable us to practice one sort of caving. Two caves have been set up for the general public: The Grotte des Canalettes in Villefranche-de-Conflent and the Grotte de Fontrabiouse in Capcir. If you want to see more, choose a caving route that suits you and book in! In Prades you will find discovery trails, sports routes and prestige outings (day caving). In Opoul-Perillos you will find vertical cavities where you will learn to descend and ascend on a rope. In Puigcerda, Spain, we offer an "obstacle course" outing, the only cave we will offer where you can confront the great clichés of speleology: mud, tightness, humidity, cold! Speleology trails are accessible in 30min from Argelès-sur-mer, Sainte-Marie-la-mer, Saint Cyprien, Canet en Roussillon, Port Vendres, Banyuls-sur-mer, Collioure but also Font Romeu, Les Angles, Formiguères, Mont Louis. In 40 minutes, from Port la Nouvelle , Leucate, Port Bacarès, Toreilles et Cerbères.





LEVEL THREE - Increasing Knowledge

(Complete Project 1 + Two Electives)

Project 1 - Develop a Communication Plan


This project focuses on how people are motivated. It is designed to help you build your leadership skills by effectively motivating team members. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to motivate team members through the completion of a project. Overview: Build a team of three to four people to help you create and complete a project to benefit your club. Use the information in the project to develop motivational strategies for each team member. After the project, you may choose to ask team members and at least one club officer to complete a 360° evaluation to give you feedback on your communication and leadership. Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting about your experience. Your speech is not a report on the content of this project. This project includes:
■ Building and motivating a team to complete a project that benefits your club
■ The Team-Building Activities resource
■ The 360° Evaluation resource
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Active Listening


This project covers the difference between hearing and listening, and steps for exploring the ways listening helps build strong, lasting connections. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your ability to listen to what others say. Overview: At a club meeting, fulfill the role of Topicsmaster. As Topicsmaster, comment on each speaker’s Table Topics® speech to demonstrate your active listening skills. For example, you might say, “Thank you. That was a compelling opinion on the benefits of gardening. I understand you feel strongly that everyone needs to spend some time doing something they love.” This project includes:
■ Serving as Topicsmaster at a club meeting




Elective - Connect With Storytelling


This project addresses storytelling techniques and descriptive skills to help make every speech relatable and interesting. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice using a story within a speech or giving a speech that is a story. Overview: Choose an established story, a story about your life, or a fictional tale of your own creation. Deliver the 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Connect With Your Audience


This project focuses on different audience types and how to address them effectively. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to connect with an unfamiliar audience. Overview: Develop a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic that is unfamiliar to the majority of your audience. Because you deliver this speech in your Toastmasters club, you are familiar with the audience members’ preferences and personalities. Selecting a topic that is new or unfamiliar to your club members will allow you to practice adapting as you present. As you speak, monitor the audience’s reaction to your topic and adapt as necessary to maintain engagement. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Creating Effective Visual Aids


This project addresses effective methods for choosing the best visual aid for your presentation along with the creation and use of each type. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice selecting and using a variety of visual aids during a speech. Overview: Choose a speech topic that lends itself well to using visual aids. Create at least one but no more than three visual aids to enhance your presentation. Deliver your 5- to 7-minute presentation at a club meeting. This project includes:
■ Creating one to three visual aids
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Deliver Social Speeches


This project addresses the skills needed to compose a speech for a social occasion including a toast, eulogy, an acceptance speech and a speech praising an individual or group. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice delivering social speeches in front of your club members. Overview: Develop two different social speeches—each 3 to 4 minutes—and present them at two separate club meetings. You may choose any two types of social speeches that appeal to you or that you would like to practice. This project includes:
■ The Social Speech Basics resource
■ Two 3- to 4-minute speeches




Elective - Focus On The Positive


This project addresses strategies for improving your personal interactions by understanding the impact of your attitudes and thoughts on daily interactions. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice being aware of your thoughts and feelings, as well as the impact of your responses on others. Overview: Keep a daily record of your moods and attitudes for a minimum of two weeks, noting when you feel positive or negative, your successes and efforts, and three things for which you are grateful. Record and evaluate any changes in your behavior or the behavior of those around you. At a club meeting, share some aspect of your experience. You may choose to schedule a 2-to 3-minute report or a 5-to 7-minute speech. After completing your speech, submit your signed Project Completion Form to your vice president education to indicate you completed the journal. This project includes:
■ Recording your daily moods and attitudes for a minimum of two weeks
■ A 2- to 3-minute report or a 5- to 7-minute speech
■ The Project Completion Form




Elective - Inspire Your Audience


This project addresses how to present a speech in an enthusiastic and inspiring fashion to establish a strong rapport with your audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice writing and delivering a speech that inspires others. Overview: Select a topic with the intent of inspiring your audience and prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech for your club. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Know Your Sense of Humor


This project focuses on understanding what makes you laugh and how to share that with an audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to begin developing a collection of humorous stories and to present a speech that includes humor. Overview: Give a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic of your choosing. Your speech should include at least one anecdote or story intended to entertain or bring humor into your presentation. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Making Connections Through Networking


This project focuses on how to network effectively and understanding the importance of being a professional ally to people in your network. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to develop and practice a personal strategy for building connections through networking. Overview: Prepare for and attend a networking event. After the event, present a 5- to 7-minute speech to your club. Your speech can include a story or stories about your experience, a description of what you learned, or a discussion on the benefits of networking. Your speech may be personal to you or informational about networking. If you attend a non-Toastmasters event, you must sign the Project Completion Form and give it to your vice president education. This project includes:
■ The Prepare to Network resource
■ Attending a networking event
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Prepare For An Interview


This project addresses the skills you need to identify and speak about personal strengths and present yourself well in an interview of any type. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to present yourself well in an interview. Overview: Determine which type of interview you would like to practice, such as a job or expert interview. Prepare by reviewing your skills and abilities. Complete the resources in the project and give them to your interviewer before your presentation. You determine which member of your club interviews you, but your interviewer must be someone other than your evaluator. In a 5- to 7-minute role-play presentation at a club meeting, practice answering interview questions to promote your skills, abilities, and experience. This project includes:
■ The Identifying Your Skills Worksheet
■ The Interviewer Instructions resource
■ A 5- to 7-minute role-play interview at a club meeting




Elective - Understand Vocal Variety


This project addresses the importance of vocal variety when giving a speech and provides activities to develop and nurture its use. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice using vocal variety to enhance a speech. Overview: Learn or review the importance of vocal variety. Use the exercises in this project to improve your vocal variety skills. Then, present a 5- to 7-minute speech on any topic at a club meeting. The primary focus of the evaluation is your vocal variety. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Using Descriptive Language


This project addresses the difference between literal and figurative language along with how to determine when to use each to create vivid descriptions. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice writing a speech with an emphasis on adding language to increase interest and impact. Overview: You may speak on any topic. Develop a 5- to 7-minute speech describing the topic in detail and present it at your club meeting. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Using Presentation Software


This project addresses the use of presentation software—from identifying topics that benefit from the use of technology to effective slide design and presentation. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce or review basic presentation software strategies for creating and using slides to support or enhance a speech. Overview: Select a speech topic that lends well to a visual presentation using technology. Use the content of this project and your own research to help you develop your slides. Give a 5- to 7-minute speech using the slides you developed. Your speech can be humorous, demonstrative, or informational, and it may include stories or anecdotes. This project includes:
■ Developing presentation slides
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Effective Body Language


This project focuses on how to recognize body language used when speaking publicly and how to use gestures to enhance speech content. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to deliver a speech with awareness of your intentional and unintentional body language, as well as to learn, practice, and refine how you use nonverbal communication when delivering a speech. Overview: Prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic that lends itself to expression through your movement and gestures. Video record your presentation and get feedback from your mentor or another reviewer before speaking to your club. If you do not have access to a recording device, perform your speech in front of a mirror and make adjustments before your scheduled speech. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech





LEVEL FOUR - Building Skills

(Complete Project 1 + One Elective)

Project 1 - Communicate Change


This project focuses on creating a communication plan by gathering evidence to support the need for change and communicating change with your audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to effectively communicate change to a group or organization. Overview: Develop a plan for communicating a change to an audience affected by the change. At a club meeting, communicate the change in a 5- to 7-minute speech. You may speak about a real or hypothetical change that affects your club or another group in your life. This speech is not a report on the content of this project, but a speech about how you would or will communicate a real or hypothetical change. This project includes:
■ Developing a plan for communicating change
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Building A Social Media Presence


This project addresses how best to use different types of online communication. You will create and maintain an online profile to promote yourself or an organization. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to apply your understanding of social media to enhance an established or new social media presence. Overview: Use this project and your own research to build a new social media presence or enhance an existing presence. You may focus on a personal goal (such as connecting with old friends or promoting a blog) or on a professional goal (such as promoting a business or organization). Use the tools you identify as best for you and your purpose. After you achieve your goal, deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech to your club about your results, experience, and the benefits of social media. Submit the Project Completion Form to your vice president education to receive credit for completing the project. Note: With the vice president public relation’s approval, you may choose to create a social media presence for your Toastmasters club. This project includes:
■ Establishing or enhancing a social media presence
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Create A Podcast


This project addresses the skills you need to develop a podcast, create interesting content and organize a cohesive program. You will learn how to record and upload it to the internet. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce you to the skills needed to organize and present a podcast. Overview: Use this project and your own research to create a podcast. Record a minimum of 60 minutes of content. You are free to divide the episodes as you choose. Each separate episode must be at least 10 minutes, but may be longer if it fits your topic and style. After you record all content, play a 5- to 10-minute segment in your club. Introduce the segment in a 2- to 3-minute speech. This project includes:
■ Recording 60 minutes of podcast content
■ A 2- to 3-minute introduction speech




Elective - Manage Online Meetings


This project addresses how to effectively conduct online meetings and webinars, prepare and organize necessary visual aids, and lead with confidence. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice facilitating an online meeting or leading a webinar. Overview: Conduct a 20- to 25-minute online meeting with fellow Toastmasters or a 20- to 25-minute webinar with visual aids for fellow Toastmasters. You determine the topic of your meeting or webinar. Research and use software that best fits your needs and geographic area. Invite your evaluator to participate in the online meeting or webinar. If you complete your assignment with non-Toastmasters, you must receive approval from the vice president education and invite your evaluator to attend. This project includes:
■ The Online Meeting Agenda resource
■ The Online Meeting Basics resource
■ Planning and conducting a 20- to 25-minute online meeting or webinar




Elective - Manage Projects Successfully


This project focuses on skills needed to effectively manage a project, develop rapport with stakeholders and cultivate strong relationships with a team. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice developing a plan, building a team, and fulfilling the plan with the help of your team. Overview: Form a team of three to four people and choose a project. Create a plan for your project and present the plan to your club in a 2- to 3-minute speech. Work with your team to complete your project. Present a 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience. This speech may be humorous, informational, or any type of speech that appeals to you. It should not be a report about the content of this project, but a reflection of your experience applying what you learned. Note: When considering projects to complete, refer to future projects on your path. You may be able to use the assignment in this project to help you prepare for the completion of an upcoming project. This project includes:
■ Building a team
■ Creating a project plan
■ The Project Plan resource
■ A 2- to 3-minute speech about your plan
■ Completing the plan with your team
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience




Elective - Public Relations Strategies


This project focuses on how to promote awareness of an organization, formulate a public relations strategy and use various public relations tactics. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to effectively use public relations strategies for any group or situation. Overview: Create a public relations plan for a real or hypothetical group or situation. If it involves your club, it must be hypothetical unless you communicate with the vice president public relations and club president. Share your plan in a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting. This speech is not a report on the content of this project, but an example of how you will or might apply what you learned. This project includes:
■ Creating a public relations strategy
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Question and Answer Session


This project addresses how to prepare to answer questions and provide information clearly, concisely and with confidence. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to learn about and practice facilitating a question-and-answer session. Overview: Select a topic of which you are particularly knowledgeable. Prepare and deliver a speech on this topic, followed by a question-and-answer session. Together, the speech and question-and-answer session must be 15 to 20 minutes. Use your time effectively to ensure both segments are completed. This project includes:
■ A 5-to 7-minute speech
■ A question-and-answer session after the speech




Elective - Write A Compelling Blog


This project addresses the basics of developing a compelling blog and successfully engaging a readership. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to review or introduce the skills needed to write and maintain a blog. Overview: Post a minimum of eight blog posts in one month. Your blog may be new or one you have already established. You must receive approval from the vice president education to blog on behalf of your club. Deliver a 2- to 3-minute speech at a club meeting about the impact of your blogging experience. You may choose to have your blog evaluated by members of the club. Submit your signed Project Completion Form to the vice president education to receive credit for this project. This project includes:
■ Maintaining a blog and posting at least eight times in one month
■ The Blog Evaluation Form
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 2- to 3-minute speech




Elective - Manage a Difficult Audience


This project covers common behaviors of difficult audience members and how to address each behavior in a calm, effective and professional way. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to address audience challenges when you present outside of your Toastmasters club. Overview: Prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic of your choosing. You may write a new speech or use a speech you presented previously. You will be evaluated on the way you manage audience disruptions, not the content of your speech. Before your club meeting, send the Role Play Assignments resource to the Toastmaster and vice president education. As you present your speech, respond to different types of difficult audience members that disrupt you. The process of speaking and responding to audience members will take 12 to 15 minutes. This project includes:
■ A role play assignment for club members
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech





LEVEL FIVE - Demonstrating Expertise

(Complete Project 1 + One Elective)

Project 1 - Develop a Communication Plan


This project focuses on how people are motivated. It is designed to help you build your leadership skills by effectively motivating team members. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to motivate team members through the completion of a project. Overview: Build a team of three to four people to help you create and complete a project to benefit your club. Use the information in the project to develop motivational strategies for each team member. After the project, you may choose to ask team members and at least one club officer to complete a 360° evaluation to give you feedback on your communication and leadership. Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting about your experience. Your speech is not a report on the content of this project. This project includes:
■ Building and motivating a team to complete a project that benefits your club
■ The Team-Building Activities resource
■ The 360° Evaluation resource
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Active Listening


This project covers the difference between hearing and listening, and steps for exploring the ways listening helps build strong, lasting connections. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your ability to listen to what others say. Overview: At a club meeting, fulfill the role of Topicsmaster. As Topicsmaster, comment on each speaker’s Table Topics® speech to demonstrate your active listening skills. For example, you might say, “Thank you. That was a compelling opinion on the benefits of gardening. I understand you feel strongly that everyone needs to spend some time doing something they love.” This project includes:
■ Serving as Topicsmaster at a club meeting




Elective - Connect With Storytelling


This project addresses storytelling techniques and descriptive skills to help make every speech relatable and interesting. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice using a story within a speech or giving a speech that is a story. Overview: Choose an established story, a story about your life, or a fictional tale of your own creation. Deliver the 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Connect With Your Audience


This project focuses on different audience types and how to address them effectively. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to connect with an unfamiliar audience. Overview: Develop a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic that is unfamiliar to the majority of your audience. Because you deliver this speech in your Toastmasters club, you are familiar with the audience members’ preferences and personalities. Selecting a topic that is new or unfamiliar to your club members will allow you to practice adapting as you present. As you speak, monitor the audience’s reaction to your topic and adapt as necessary to maintain engagement. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Creating Effective Visual Aids


This project addresses effective methods for choosing the best visual aid for your presentation along with the creation and use of each type. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice selecting and using a variety of visual aids during a speech. Overview: Choose a speech topic that lends itself well to using visual aids. Create at least one but no more than three visual aids to enhance your presentation. Deliver your 5- to 7-minute presentation at a club meeting. This project includes:
■ Creating one to three visual aids
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Deliver Social Speeches


This project addresses the skills needed to compose a speech for a social occasion including a toast, eulogy, an acceptance speech and a speech praising an individual or group. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice delivering social speeches in front of your club members. Overview: Develop two different social speeches—each 3 to 4 minutes—and present them at two separate club meetings. You may choose any two types of social speeches that appeal to you or that you would like to practice. This project includes:
■ The Social Speech Basics resource
■ Two 3- to 4-minute speeches




Elective - Focus On The Positive


This project addresses strategies for improving your personal interactions by understanding the impact of your attitudes and thoughts on daily interactions. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice being aware of your thoughts and feelings, as well as the impact of your responses on others. Overview: Keep a daily record of your moods and attitudes for a minimum of two weeks, noting when you feel positive or negative, your successes and efforts, and three things for which you are grateful. Record and evaluate any changes in your behavior or the behavior of those around you. At a club meeting, share some aspect of your experience. You may choose to schedule a 2-to 3-minute report or a 5-to 7-minute speech. After completing your speech, submit your signed Project Completion Form to your vice president education to indicate you completed the journal. This project includes:
■ Recording your daily moods and attitudes for a minimum of two weeks
■ A 2- to 3-minute report or a 5- to 7-minute speech
■ The Project Completion Form




Elective - Inspire Your Audience


This project addresses how to present a speech in an enthusiastic and inspiring fashion to establish a strong rapport with your audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice writing and delivering a speech that inspires others. Overview: Select a topic with the intent of inspiring your audience and prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech for your club. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Know Your Sense of Humor


This project focuses on understanding what makes you laugh and how to share that with an audience. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to begin developing a collection of humorous stories and to present a speech that includes humor. Overview: Give a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic of your choosing. Your speech should include at least one anecdote or story intended to entertain or bring humor into your presentation. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Making Connections Through Networking


This project focuses on how to network effectively and understanding the importance of being a professional ally to people in your network. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to develop and practice a personal strategy for building connections through networking. Overview: Prepare for and attend a networking event. After the event, present a 5- to 7-minute speech to your club. Your speech can include a story or stories about your experience, a description of what you learned, or a discussion on the benefits of networking. Your speech may be personal to you or informational about networking. If you attend a non-Toastmasters event, you must sign the Project Completion Form and give it to your vice president education. This project includes:
■ The Prepare to Network resource
■ Attending a networking event
■ The Project Completion Form
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Prepare For An Interview


This project addresses the skills you need to identify and speak about personal strengths and present yourself well in an interview of any type. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice the skills needed to present yourself well in an interview. Overview: Determine which type of interview you would like to practice, such as a job or expert interview. Prepare by reviewing your skills and abilities. Complete the resources in the project and give them to your interviewer before your presentation. You determine which member of your club interviews you, but your interviewer must be someone other than your evaluator. In a 5- to 7-minute role-play presentation at a club meeting, practice answering interview questions to promote your skills, abilities, and experience. This project includes:
■ The Identifying Your Skills Worksheet
■ The Interviewer Instructions resource
■ A 5- to 7-minute role-play interview at a club meeting




Elective - Understand Vocal Variety


This project addresses the importance of vocal variety when giving a speech and provides activities to develop and nurture its use. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice using vocal variety to enhance a speech. Overview: Learn or review the importance of vocal variety. Use the exercises in this project to improve your vocal variety skills. Then, present a 5- to 7-minute speech on any topic at a club meeting. The primary focus of the evaluation is your vocal variety. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Using Descriptive Language


This project addresses the difference between literal and figurative language along with how to determine when to use each to create vivid descriptions. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice writing a speech with an emphasis on adding language to increase interest and impact. Overview: You may speak on any topic. Develop a 5- to 7-minute speech describing the topic in detail and present it at your club meeting. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Using Presentation Software


This project addresses the use of presentation software—from identifying topics that benefit from the use of technology to effective slide design and presentation. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to introduce or review basic presentation software strategies for creating and using slides to support or enhance a speech. Overview: Select a speech topic that lends well to a visual presentation using technology. Use the content of this project and your own research to help you develop your slides. Give a 5- to 7-minute speech using the slides you developed. Your speech can be humorous, demonstrative, or informational, and it may include stories or anecdotes. This project includes:
■ Developing presentation slides
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech




Elective - Effective Body Language


This project focuses on how to recognize body language used when speaking publicly and how to use gestures to enhance speech content. Purpose: The purpose of this project is to deliver a speech with awareness of your intentional and unintentional body language, as well as to learn, practice, and refine how you use nonverbal communication when delivering a speech. Overview: Prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic that lends itself to expression through your movement and gestures. Video record your presentation and get feedback from your mentor or another reviewer before speaking to your club. If you do not have access to a recording device, perform your speech in front of a mirror and make adjustments before your scheduled speech. This project includes:
■ A 5- to 7-minute speech





Path Completion

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Bref historique du canyoning


Le canyoning a été découvert au début du siècle dernier, alors que des spéléologues, toujours à la recherche de grottes, ont décidé de remonter un cours d'eau pour en trouver sa résurgence, ils ont en fait remonté un canyon. L'exemple illustre de la découverte de l'abîme de Bramabiau, en 1884 par E.A. MARTEL, marque la naissance du canyoning et de la spéléologie en France. Entre les années 1950 et les années 1980, de nombreuses "ouvertures" ont été faites, des canyons espagnols puis français sont nés. Aujourd'hui, alors que la pratique du canyoning est très répandue en Europe, il existe de nombreux pays où le canyoning est peu présent voir inexistant, et où l'exploration est encore possible. C'est le cas de notre destination préférée, la Colombie, où notre équipe "Canyon y Machete" a ouvert de nombreux itinéraires.




Qu'est-ce que le canyoning ?


Gorges de Galamus Le canyoning consiste à descendre un ruisseau encaissé entre des parois rocheuses en marchant et en nageant. Lorsque des obstacles sont imposés, nous les traversons de manière ludique: sauts, toboggans, nage, descente en rappel sous cascade. Parfois, il y a le choix entre un saut, un toboggan ou un rappel mais quoi qu'il arrive, les sauts ne sont jamais obligatoires.




Equipement nécessaire à la pratique du canyoning


La Castellane, un canyoning de découverte en famille Pour le canyoning, nous nous équipons d'un équipement de sécurité EPI conforme aux normes, révisé chaque année: un harnais Singing Rock équipé de longes de sécurité, un mousqueton et un descendeur en huit, un casque de montagne homologué (avec possibilité d'attacher une GoPro). Vous porterez également une combinaison néoprène complète avec cagoule de 5,5 mm, renforcée au niveau des coudes et des genoux. Pour votre confort et votre sécurité, Explor'Addiction vous fourni en plus des chaussettes en néoprène de 3 mm et des chaussures en caoutchouc ETCHE, parfaitement adaptées pour protéger vos chevilles et avoir une bonne adhérence par temps humide. Avec tout ça, vous flottez!




A partir de quel âge peut-on faire du canyoning ?


Le Mini-Taurinya, notre parcours de canyoning spécial tout-petits Explor'Addiction vous invite à découvrir le canyoning à partir de 6 ans. Nous proposons 4 parcours de découverte, 2 parcours sportifs, 1 parcours extrême, 1 parcours en eau chaude ainsi que 3 parcours de canyoning à la journée et 1 canyoning avec bivouac. C'est une activité sportive pour tous, débutants ou amateurs de sensations fortes, activité à faire en famille, entre amis, pour un EVG / EVJF, ... Nous sommes là pour vous conseiller sur le canyon qui vous conviendra le mieux.




Où se trouvent les parcours de canyoning dans les Pyrénées Orientales?


Les Pyrénées Orientales, avec leur incroyable diversité géologique, nous proposent de nombreux types de Gorges, bien réparties sur tout le département. Certaines se visitent à pied (Gorges de la Carança, Gorges de Galamus, Gorges du Gouleyrous, Gorges du Cady, Gorges de la Guillera), d'autres se descendent en canyoning! Les itinéraires de canyoning sont concentrés autour de Céret (Massif des Albères) et de Prades (Massif du Canigou), mais aussi ailleurs dans le département. L'activité de canyoning la plus proche se trouve à 30 minutes d'Argelès-sur-mer, Sainte-Marie-la-mer, Saint Cyprien, Canet en Roussillon, Port Vendres, Banyuls-sur-mer, Collioure mais aussi à 30 minutes de Font Romeu, Les Angles, Formiguères, Mont Louis et à 40 minutes, de Port la Nouvelle, Leucate, Port Bacarès, Toreilles et Cerbères.





EN

How did canyoning start ?


Canyoning was discovered at the beginning of the last century, while speleologists, always in search of caves, decided to go up a stream to find its resurgence, they actually went up a canyon. The illustrious example of the discovery of the abyss of Bramabiau, in 1884 by E.A. MARTEL, marks the birth of canyoning and speleology in France. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, many "openings" were made, Spanish and then French canyons were born. Today, there are still many countries where canyoning does not yet exist, and where exploration is possible. This is the case of our favorite destination, Colombia, where our team "Canyon y Machete" has opened many routes. We are opening the new canyoning route of Esmeralda, with its beautiful 160m high waterfall (Colombia)




What is canyoning about ?


Gorges of Galamus Canyoning consists of descending a stream encased between rock walls by walking and swimming. When obstacles are imposed, we cross them in a fun way: jumps, slides, swimming, abseiling under a waterfall. Sometimes there is a choice between a jump, a slide or a reminder but whatever happens, jumps are never compulsory.




Canyoning Gear


La Castellane, favorite family beginner canyon For canyoning, we equip ourselves with PPE safety equipment in compliance with standards, revised each year: a Singing Rock harness fitted with safety lanyards, a carabiner and a figure-eight descender, an approved mountain helmet (with the possibility of attaching a GoPro). You will also wear a full Neoprene wetsuit with 5mm hood, reinforced at the elbows and knees. In addition, Explor'Addiction provides you with free 3mm neoprene socks and ETCHE rubber shoes, perfectly suited to protect your ankles and have good grip in wet conditions. With all that, you float!




What age is requiered to start canyoning ?


Baby-Taurinya, a canyon designed for 6 years old and their parents ! Explor'Addiction invites you to discover canyoning from 6 years old. We offer 4 discovery courses, 2 sports courses, 1 extreme course, 1 hot water course as well as day-long canyoning and 1 bivouac canyoning. This is a sporting activity for everyone, with family, friends, for an EVG / EVJF, ... We are here to advise you on the canyon that will suit you best.




Where to practice canyoning ?


25m high abseil down the beautiful first waterfall of Les Anelles The Pyrenees Orientales, with its incredible geological variety, offers us many types of Gorges, well distributed throughout the department. Some can be visited on foot (Gorges de la Carança, Gorges de Galamus, Gorges du Gouleyrous, Gorges du Cady, Gorges de la Guillera), others descend by canyoning! The canyoning routes are concentrated in Céret (Massif des Albères) and Prades (Massif du Canigou), but also elsewhere in the department. Canyoning routes are accessible in 30 minutes from Argelès-sur-mer, Sainte-Marie-la-mer, Saint Cyprien, Canet en Roussillon, Port Vendres, Banyuls-sur-mer, Collioure but also Font Romeu, Les Angles, Formiguères, Mont Louis. In 40 minutes, from Port la Nouvelle, Leucate, Port Bacarès, Toreilles and Cerbères.





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