Meeting Roles

The success of a club meeting depends on the program participants. In Toastmasters, you learn by participating. There are many roles to fill and all meeting participants play an important part in making the club experience educational and enjoyable.

The following are the various roles you will be called upon to fulfill and tips for doing a good job. Roles and responsibilities may vary slightly from club to club, so check with your vice president education or mentor when you are assigned a role.

Grammarian And Ah-Counter
Taking on this role improves vocabulary, grammar, critical listening skills, evaluation, observational and listening skills. The purpose of the Grammarian /Ah-Counter is to note any overused words or filler sounds used as a crutch and to help all club members improve their grammar and vocabulary.
This role improves time management skills and the key role is to ensure that Toastmasters practice expressing a thought within a specific time. As Timer you are responsible for monitoring time for each meeting segment and each speaker.
Meeting Speaker
This role improves critical thinking, confidence and public speaking skills. Every speaker is a role model and club members learn from one another’s speeches.
This role improves organisational skills, time management skills and public speaking skills. The Toastmaster is a meeting’s director and host and effectively the meeting facilitator. A member typically will not be assigned this role until they are thoroughly familiar with the club and its procedures.
This role improves listening skills, critical thinking and positive feedback skills. In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. You observe the speeches and leadership roles of your fellow club members and offer evaluations of their efforts, and they do the same for you.
This role improves organisational skills, time management skills and facilitation skills. The Topicsmaster delivers the Table Topics portion of the meeting, which helps train members to quickly organise and express their thoughts in an impromptu setting.
Here, you evaluate everything that takes place during the club meeting. In addition, the General Evaluator conducts the evaluation portion of the meeting and is responsible for the evaluation team: the Speech Evaluators, Ah Counter, Grammarian and Timer.
Table Topics Speaker
This role improves confidence and impromptu public speaking skills. Table Topics is a long-standing Toastmasters tradition intended to help members develop their ability to organise their thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic. It’s very similar to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Just a minute’.

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