Meeting Roles

...briefly explained

Toastmasters meet to improve their communication skills, and our meeting are tailored to meet our member’s goals. There are many different roles at a meeting, with the basic ones described below.

Toastmaster of the meeting - The member filling this role is designed to be a congenial host. The Toastmaster keeps the meeting running smoothly, and acts similar to that of a master of ceremonies. They are considered the most important person at a meeting, and are addressed as "Mr./Madam Toastmaster".
At our club, the Toastmaster chooses the theme and question for introduction of members.

Table Topics Master - The purpose of a Table Topics session is to improve member’s ability to think on their feet. Questions are given to members by the Table Topics Master, who are then required to speak on that topic for a period of approximately 1 or 2 minutes. Guests are more then welcome to participate in the session, however, a guest may say "pass" if they are asked and do not wish to speak.

Speakers - There are usually two speakers at our weekly club meetings. Each work through a speaking manual, in accordance with their experience, and are required to meet certain objectives with each speech project. The speech objectives are designed to gradually build upon a speaker’s skills, concentrating on a different area each time. The speaker gives their speaking manual to their assigned evaluator before the meeting begins. A new member receives the “Competent Communicator” speaking manual with 10 speech projects. Once the 10 projects are completed, you can apply for CC (Competent Communicator) award.

Evaluators - At Toastmasters, everything is evaluated! Each evaluator is required to report what the speaker did well, and parts upon which they could improve. There are also evaluators for the Table Topics Session “Table topics evaluator”, and the entire meeting “General Evaluator” role. The general evaluator tends to focus on what has not already been evaluated such as the other evaluators, the Toastmaster and Timer.

Grammarian -The Grammarian monitors the use of good and bad grammar throughout the evening. They're responsible for a report at the end of the meeting. (these two tasks can at times be combined)

Urn Ah Counter - Reports on the usage of urns, ahs, ers and other repetitive and unnecessary speech fillers.

Timekeeper - Times and reports on how well each Toastmaster spoke to their time limit. Also controls the usage of the timing lights and bell. As the meeting is only 1 hour, the program is pretty full and keeping to time is important.