Meeting Overview

Warner Center Toastmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in
which every member is given the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills.
 
These developed skills promote self-confidence and personal
growth 
through the following club opportunities.
Meeting Segments:
 
Prepared Speeches: The speaking program is the center of every Toastmasters meeting. Speakers use the guidelines in the Competent Communication manual and the Advanced Communication Series manuals to fully prepare their presentations..
Table Topics: With Table Topics, the Table Topics Master gives members who aren’t assigned a speaking role the opportunity to speak during the meeting. The Table Topics Master challenges each member with a topical question, and the speaker responds with a one to two minute impromptu response.
Evaluations: People join Toastmasters to improve their speaking and leadership skills, and these skills are improved with the help of evaluations. Members complete projects in the Competent Communication and Competent Leadership manuals and you may be asked to evaluate their work.
 
Meeting Functions:

Toastmaster: The Toastmaster is a meeting’s director and host. You won’t usually be assigned this role until you are thoroughly familiar with the club and its procedures.
Table Topics Master: With Table Topics, the Table Topics Master gives members who aren’t assigned a speaking role the opportunity to speak during the meeting. The Table Topics Master challenges each member with a topical question, and the speaker responds with a one to two minute impromptu response.
General Evaluator: As General Evaluator, your responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring the speech and leadership project evaluators know their responsibilities
  • Supervising the timer, grammarian and Ah-Counter
  • Evaluating everything that takes place during the club meeting
  • Making sure each activity is performed correctly
Grammarian: One benefit of Toastmasters is that it helps people improve their grammar and word use. Being Grammarian also provides an exercise in expanding listening skills. You have several responsibilities: to introduce new words to members, to comment on language usage during the course of the meeting and provide examples of proper usage.
Ah Counter: The purpose of the Ah Counter is to note any word or sound used as a crutch by anyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections, such as and, well, but, so and you know. Sounds may be ah, um or er.
Timer: One of the skills Toastmasters practice is expressing a thought within a specific time. As Timer you are responsible for monitoring time for each meeting segment and each speaker. You’ll also operate the timing signal, indicating to each speaker how long he or she has been speaking.
Trophy Master: Counts ballots and presents awards to best speaker, evaluator and table topics speaker.
Joke Master: Keeps the audience entertained during voting.