A Toastmasters club in downtown Washington, DC
The basic Toastmasters Communications and Leadership Progam consists of 10 speeches, on topics of your choice, that develop your skills in specific areas. Keep a record in your manual of the speeches you have delivered. When you have completed the program, you are eligible to apply for the designation of Competent Communicator (CC).
CC is well worth getting -- after all, no Toastmaster wants to be less than "competent!"
When you have completed the requirements, fill out the CC Application (provided in Portable Document Format*), have the Vice President/Education sign it, and send it to International HQ in California for processing. You will receive a certificate suitable for framing, and if you want, your boss will get a letter from Toastmasters International telling all about your distinction!
The club gets credit towards "distinguished" status for every member who achieves CC, so go ahead and send it in!
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