Taking on this role improves organization, time management, and public speaking skills. The Toastmaster is the meeting’s director and host. A member typically will not be assigned this role until they are thoroughly familiar with the club and its procedures.
- The Presiding Officer opens the meeting and turns it over to you.
- In one to two minutes, explain your role as the Toastmaster while incorporating your chosen Theme.
- Feel free to tell a short story that illustrates the Theme.
Introduce Supporting Roles
- Ask everyone with a supporting role to explain it in a minute or less while incorporating the Theme, with the Timer timing each explanation:
- Body Language Monitor
- General Evaluator
- Table Topicsmaster
- Humorist/Inspirationist (can be 1-2 minutes)
- Introduce the Presenter(s) while incorporating both your Theme and the Grammarian/Ah-Counter’s Word of the Day:
- Briefly explain the nature of their presentation (i.e., whether it is a speech, stand-up comedy routine, film, etc.).
- Summarize the Pathways project, including purpose statement(s) and specific feedback the Presenter has requested.
- State the name of the Presenter and the title of the presentation as follows:
→ Presenter name, presentation title, presentation title, Presenter name.
→ For example: Alondra Sánchez, “i’ll be okay,” “i’ll be okay,” Alondra Sánchez.
- Use these two Microsoft Word documents to adapt the introductions sent to you by the Presenters:
→ Presenter Intros.docx (blank template)
→ 2022-05-26-Presenter Intros.docx (example meeting)
NB: If you use the Google Chrome browser and get a “Couldn’t load plugin” error, the solution is to go to the Chrome Web Store to download the Office extension and then restart Chrome.
- After each presentation, ask the Timer to time a minute of silence to give everyone the opportunity to chat feedback privately via Zoom to the Presenter.
- Check out Joseph Esler’s presentation on how to be a good Toastmaster:
Give Control to Table Topicsmaster
- Immediately following the minute of silence for the last Presenter, give control to the Table Topicsmaster.
- Assist the Table Topicsmaster only as needed, such as clarification on who has no role or who has volunteered for Table Topics ahead of time.
- Please keep track of time and let the Table Topicsmaster know when to wrap up Table Topics by chatting a private message via Zoom.
Call for Reports
- After the Table Topicsmaster returns control to you, introduce the Evaluator(s):
- Briefly explain the importance of evaluations. It is how we all grow!
- Remind each Evaluator they have two to three minutes to give their evaluations.
- State the name of the Evaluator and the name of the Presenter they are evaluating.
- Again, incorporate both your Theme and the Grammarian/Ah-Counter’s Word of the Day.
- Ask everyone with a supporting role to give their report in a minute or less, with the Timer timing each report:
- Body Language Monitor
- General Evaluator (can be 2-3 minutes)
Return Control to Presiding Officer
- Once all the reports are completed, make very brief closing remarks that summarize the meeting in the spirit of your chosen Theme and the Grammarian/Ah-Counter’s Word of the Day.
- Turn the meeting back over to the Presiding Officer.