For this Toastmasters speech, I discussed 5 key nonverbal communication cues and how they can be useful for becoming a more competent communicator

To delineate between verbal communication, and nonverbal communication, I wanted to try a different approach to an opener.

My emphasis was on my voice. If I was on a stage, I would have opened up with it completely black. However, I did not have that luxury. Thus I needed to have a creative way to highlight the two forms of communication.

Facing the opposite direction was an effective option for my objective.

This Toastmasters speech is the 2nd project out of the 10 within the “Competent Communication” manual. The objectives for this speech were:

  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion
  • Time: 5-7 minutes.

My goal for this speech was to discuss and highlight some key non-verbal cues we can use to communicate more effectively. Whether you’re giving a speech, or simply having a conversation with a friend, sometimes, how you say it is more important that what you say.

More specifically, I discussed eye contact, posture, body positioning, a smile, and a head nod as the non verbal cues to utilize.

If you have the time, please watch the video below and let me know your thoughts! I’m using this platform as a means to better myself, thus any feedback would be appreciated!