5-7 minute speech

Leadership Development – Level 3

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to practice developing a plan and bringing that plan to fruition.

Overview: Select any small-scale project, such as a family party, a short trip, a themed Toastmasters meeting, or any other event or project that requires planning. Develop and implement the plan, with or without help from others. At a club meeting, deliver a 2- to 3-minute report or a 5- to 7-minute speech about your experience. Submit the Project Completion Form to your vice president education to confirm you completed all planning resources.

Speech Title: The Pursuit of 100k+ Followers

Intro:

“Many of us are here to learn to communicate our ideas with the world. Some of us have businesses, books, or projects we want to share. This morning, I’m excited to have Curtis share how you can build a following of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of loyal fans using social media.

Most of you are probably connected with his Facebook group, “Success, Motivation & Inspiration”, or maybe you’re following “M. Curtis McCoy” on other social networks already.”

The following is a list of competencies that you will learn and practice in this project.

  • Integrate clear, concise goals into your plan.
  • Establish a process for meeting milestones during the implementation of your plan.
  • Identify the resources you have or that are needed.
  • Create a schedule to complete a project on time.
  • Delegate tasks to the most capable team members.

PROJECT INITIATION

At the onset of a project, fully define what needs to be accomplished and whom the project affects.

IDENTIFY STAKEHOLDERS

Internal stakeholders include teammates, project leads, volunteers, or anyone whom the project affects directly. External stakeholders are those who do not work on your project but are affected in some way, such as vendors or the community.

SET CLEAR OBJECTIVES

Setting a clear objective for the project ensures that you create a viable schedule and keep your project on track.

For example, your objective is to redesign your club’s website. Some goals for this project objective include holding a brainstorming session to generate at least five design ideas and setting a due date for a rough draft.

DEFINE THE SCOPE

The scope of a project defines and describes exactly what work is involved in the project. This provides your team with a frame of reference so that everyone knows they’re working toward the same outcome. The scope of the work may be formal and in writing, as in the case of working with a vendor. The project scope outlines when specific components of the project must be completed (these may be called milestones), as well as the budget and final product or outcome.

For example, you are working with a vendor to produce 100 copies of a 10-page booklet. You wouldn’t pay the vendor her price without agreeing exactly what she is to do and when the finished product must be delivered to you. You agree that the booklet will be printed in black and white to keep costs down; therefore, color printing is outside the scope of this project.

OUTLINE A PLAN

A good plan outlines for everyone involved how a project will be completed.

SUMMARY OF PROJECT PLANNING STEPS

  • Outline the plan.
  • Define the project tasks.
  • Estimate completion time.
  • Set a schedule.
  • Identify milestones.

Use the Project Plan to develop your plan.