There are a number of different tasks to be carried out at each Toastmasters meeting. These meeting roles are shared by club members, with each of us taking a different role each time.
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Club members are typically assigned a meeting role in advance by the Vice-President (Education). The VPE will include the assignments on the meeting’s agenda, which is circulated by e-mail beforehand.
If you are new to the club or are performing a particular role for the first time, please read the information here carefully, and have a quick chat with the VPE before the meeting.
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Below are the most common roles assigned, including links to more information where appropriate.
The chair’s role is to facilitate the meeting so that all members achieve their objectives. It’s also important to ensure the meeting runs smoothly and on time. The chairman also devises and runs our 30-second warm-up exercise.
It’s the job of the Master Evaluator to evaluate anything and everything that takes place throughout the meeting that has not already been evaluated, with constructive feedback and praise as appropriate.
The Toastmaster for the Prepared Speeches is to be a genial Master of Ceremony, enthusiastic, earnest and with good humour. It is the Toastmaster’s job to introduce the speakers and evaluators for the prepared assignments section.
Table Topics Master
The Table Topics Master presides over a meeting’s entire Table Topics session (including it’s evaluation). Table Topics gives us a chance to practice impromptu speaking, and the Table Topics Master’s goal is to encourage this with creativity and enthusiasm.
Every prepared speech is assessed by an Evaluator, to give speakers constructive feedback on their achievements with regard to the objectives of the speech, and to encourage them to continue to build on their strengths as public speakers.