Spinnaker Toastmasters Club, Porirua City, NZ #7868/72


This page has a description of the main resources used by Spinnaker Toastmasters. Choose from the list below to view more information:

Toastmaster Speech Manuals

The core of the Toastmasters Communication Programme is the Competent Communicator Manual, and the 15 Advanced Communicator Manuals. These manuals have the speaking assignments you will complete, and have a wide variety of speaking tips and hints in the introduction to each assignment to help you in your public speaking. These range from how to use your voice, body language and gestures, organising your speech, using words and visual aids effectively and how to persuade, inspire, and inform your audience.

Evaluation guides are included with each speaking assignment for your evaluator. These are completed during and immediately after you deliver a speech, and form the basis of the oral evaluation given by your evaluator at the club meeting. The evaluations also become a rich resource of ideas and suggestions about what you could do better or differently when you give your next speech, or a similar type of speech in the future.

Refer to the Competent Communication, and Advanced Communication pages on the Toastmasters New Zealand website for more information.

Toastmaster Educational Series

The Toastmaster Educational Series consists of:

These 10 minute educational modules cover a wide variety of topics for speakers, club officers and club/district leaders. They consist of a prepared script which can be tailored to suit individual circumstances, with accompanying digital resources.

Spinnaker Toastmasters club usually presents the Better Speaker Series during the annual Speechcraft Course, and other modules at special occasions during the year.

Refer to a full description of the contents of these modules on the Leadership Programmes page of the Toastmasters New Zealand website.

Toastmaster Publications

Cover of The Toastmaster Magazine.

The Toastmaster Magazine is published in the United States and posted monthly to every Toastmaster. It contains a range of interesting articles about communication, personal and professional development, and leadership skills. Current Toastmaster news and events of interest are also included. You can view current and past issues and articles from the Toastmaster magazine on the Toastmasters International website. On the Toastmasters New Zealand website you can view and search the Magazine Index, which goes back to 1984, a unique resource to find articles of interest.

Toastmasters International also publishes a wide range of pamphlets, books and manuals to assist you in your communication and leadership challenges, and some these are available from the New Zealand District Supplies Officer. There's also a number of free resources you can view on the Free Resources page of the Toastmasters International website.

For a list of Toastmaster resources for sale, view the Toastmasters Catalogue on the New Zealand website. Download and print the District Supplies Order Form (1 page pdf) complete with instructions from the same page.

Toastmasters Speech Contest Resources

Toastmasters International publishes a range of resources for speech contests. The annual Speech Contest Rulebook contains all the rules governing the eligibility and running of contests. Download the Speech Contests Rulebook from the Toastmasters International website and look at the other speech contest resources available.

World Championship Speech Notes

Visit 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking Jim Key's website to view his world championship speech text "Never Too Late" (pdf). This document has been annotated with the choreography (staging notes) for the speech so that you can see the planned movements and gestures used during the speech. Jim Key has made this document available to all Toastmasters for the purposes of study and analysis, and to see how it's done at the World Championship level.

Toastmasters Social Networking and Podcasts

You can follow Toastmasters International on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn by subscribing or joining, see YouTube Videos, or visit the Toastmasters International video libary. You can also listen to various Podcasts published by Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters International Latest News

Visit Toastmasters International Media Releases page and News page for the latest news, and read The Leader Letter, a monthly Toastmasters e-newsletter for all current Toastmasters.

Toastmasters Photo Galleries

If you have time, check out the Toastmasters International photo galleries. View the Travelling Toastmaster and Toastmasters Around the World Galleries.

Recommended Reading

There are a large number of books about developing effective speaking skills. Search Amazon, the world's largest online bookstore, for books on public speaking, or browse your local bookstore.

You can also visit your local library to borrow books on public speaking. If you are a member of Porirua Public Library, books are free to borrow. Search for "pubic speaking".

Online Resources

For resources on Table Topics, Evaluations, Coaching, Presentations, Contests, Introductions and Chairing Meetings, visit the Toastmasters New Zealand Speaking Resources section.

Have a look at the Toastmasters International Video Resources, for a range of videos on speaking tips.

Search Google using keywords, such as public speaking, toastmasters, evaluations, table topics, wedding speeches, chairing a meeting, etc.

Club Officer Manuals

Each year, all Club Officers are given a Toastmasters Leadership Manual which explains:

Videos and tapes

Toastmasters New Zealand has a library of DVDs, videotapes and cassette tapes of past international speech contests, books and training resources for free use by club members. Email the District Librarian with your request.

Club Educationals

Occasionally club members deliver educationals on a variety of Toastmaster topics. Here's a selection of our recent presentations (all in pdf format):


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