The Ice Breaker

Speech Project 1 from the Competent Communication Manual


By now you’ve heard speeches by club members and have probably participated in Table Topics.  This is your opportunity to give your first prepared talk and “break the ice.”  The best way to begin your speaking experience is to talk about a familiar subject – yourself.

Executive Summary:

For your first speech project, you will introduce yourself to your fellow club members and give them some information about your background, interests and ambitions.  Practice giving your speech to friends or family members, and strive to make eye contact with some of your audience.  You may use notes during your speech if you wish.  Read the entire project before preparing your talk.


  • To begin speaking before an audience.
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.

Time: Four to six minutes

For more details on this speech project, see the Competent Communication Manual from Toastmasters International.

The Competent Communication Manual

You may be more comfortable communicating by electronic mail or telephone than in person.  Speaking to large or small groups, or even one-to-one, may intimidate or frighten you.  Yet good communication skills are vital if you want to be successful.  Corporate leaders say that the ability to communicate well orally is one of the most important skills their recruiters look for in job candidates.  Businesses want people who express themselves clearly and confidently, and are persuasive and comfortable communicating with a wide range of people, from top executives to assembly-line workers.