Cal Poly Pomona

Communication & Leadership Tracks

Communication Track

Members working in this track learn and practice communication skills.

Competent Communication Manual

The 10 speech projects in this manual will help you develop your speaking skills one step at a time.

Advanced Communication Manuals

There are 15 manuals, each containing five speech projects. Many of the manuals are career-oriented. You choose the manuals you want to complete and the skills you want to learn. Working in the advanced manuals, you’ll refine and enhance your speaking skills and become eligible for several awards:

Leadership Track

Members working in the leadership track learn and practice leadership skills by serving in club roles.

Competent Leader manual

This manual is the core of the leadership track. It features 10 projects, which you complete while serving in various club meeting roles. An evaluator will give you feedback on each project, helping you to improve. When you compete the manual, you are eligible for Competent Leader recognition. Complete the CL application in the manual and ask your vice president education to submit it online to World Headquarters. You'll receive a CL certificate and, if you wish, World Headquarters will send your employer a letter about your accomplishment.

Competent Leader Award

Each of the ten projects in the Competent Leadership manual focuses on a different leadership skill, providing you background information and an assignment that requires your serving in one or more specified meeting or club roles in which you can practice aspects of that skill. Roles can include Evaluator, Timer, Toastmaster, Ah-Counter and General Evaluator. In most projects you can choose which roles to serve in. While leadership roles can be learned in every meeting role, some roles provide better learning experiences than others.

It's not necessary to complete the projects in order, although it is beneficial to do so. You can complete the manual at your own pace and can work on it at the same time as working on the Competent Communication or Advanced Communication manuals.

As an essential part of the Toastmasters program, another Toastmaster will provide you written and verbal feedback on each leadership project completed. The evaluator provides a personal opinion of your leadership role, pointing out strengths and offering suggestions for improvement.

If many club members are working in the leadership manual, providing verbal evaluations during a club meeting may be difficult. Each club should discuss the matter and make a decision as to how to handle leadership manual evaluations.

Possible options are to

  • Provide verbal evaluations for leadership projects during meetings
  • Provide verbal evaluations privately outside of the club meeting
  • Provide only written evaluations for leadership projects

Provide verbal evaluations during meetings for both speech and leadership projects, but allow less time for each evaluation.

After completing the Competent Leadership manual, you will receive the Competent Leader (CL) award. Your Club Vice President Education can submit an application for a CL or other award. To submit educational awards, go to the "Club Central" section of (Club login is required to access this section.)