What Happens During A Meeting?
Every meeting is hosted by a “Toastmaster”. They help keep everything running to time and provide a link between all the sections.
Early on in the meeting you will also meet the “Grammarian”. Their role is to set the word of the day which we try and incorporate when speaking during the meeting. They also help speakers manage their “umms” and “errs”. The grammarian has sometimes been referred to as the word police!
The “timekeeper” is responsible for timing the speakers and table topics. It is essential for speakers to get a feel for how they speak and this essential role helps with that and also keeps the overall meeting running to time.
Table topics is a great section of the meeting. It’s an opportunity to practice speaking for as close to 2 minutes as possible on a subject you are given at short notice. The timekeeper gives each speaker a green card at 1 minute, a yellow card at 1.5 minutes and a red card at 2 minutes. The idea is to speak as close to 2 minutes as possible. Guests can join or in just view – whatever suits you best.
During each meeting there will generally be speakers. They will often be doing a speech from the Toastmaster speaking manual. This is a series of 10 speeches, each designed to build on skills as the speaker moves through the manual. On completion of all 10 speeches our members will be classed as a “Competent Communicator”.
A key part of Toastmasters is evaluation. This is where speakers get feedback which includes 1 or 2 learning points. Members always find this the most useful part of the meeting because it what they use to improve their speaking performance.
Visitors coming along for the first time are welcome to just sit and observe the meeting in action or to join in and try it out - it's entirely up to you.