Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CC Manual - Tips for coming up with Ice Breaker Speech Content

Recently, we conducted a Youth Leadership Program. Many of the participants called me up to find out how they should craft the script for their Ice Breaker speech. I jotted down a few items which can be part of an Ice Breaker speech. I thought I would share it in my blog - so that, it can benefit the new members who join Toastmasters. The objective of the Ice Breaker speech (i.e., Competent Communicator Project #1) is to get to know the speaker better. The duration of the speech is about 4 - 6 minutes. You can choose to include one or more of the items given below in your speech:
  1. Where were you born?
  2. What is so special about the city in which you are born? 
  3. What is your name? What is the significance of your name?
  4. Who are in your family?
  5. What are some memorable incidents from your childhood days? Why? 
  6. Which school did you go to?
  7. What is the most memorable incident from your school days? Why?
  8. Who is your favorite teacher? Why?
  9. Which college did you go to?
  10. Who is your favorite professor or lecturer? Why?
  11. What is the most memorable incident from your college days? Why?
  12. Who are your friends? What do you and your friends enjoy doing?
  13. Are there any events (sports, competitions or exams) in which you participated?
  14. Are you employed? If so, how did you find your first job?
  15. What is the company where you are currently working?
  16. What is that you like about your current company & current job?
  17. Are you married? How did you meet your spouse? Has married life changed you in any way?
  18. Do you have kids? What do they do? 
  19. How do you spend time with your family? 
  20. What is your hobby? How do you spend your spare time?
  21. What is your future goal / dream?
The questions given above can help you in crafting your first speech in Toastmasters. When you finish crafting your speech, you can send it to your mentor for a quick review. You can look at my sample Ice Breaker speeches in the following location:

Wishing you all the best with your Competent Communicator journey.

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