Unisys Toastmasters Typical Meeting Agenda
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match the power of actually experiencing what you are learning. The key to the
Toastmasters program is active participation. At each weekly meeting, besides presenting
prepared speeches, and providing Table Topics responses members fulfill
a variety of key roles. These roles are Toastmaster, Evaluator, Table Topicsmaster, Timer,
Grammarian, and General Evaluator.
An example of a typical meeting agenda with explanations of the various key roles is shown below.
Call to order (12:00)
Explain duties if guest are present.
The Grammarian provides a new and unusual word designed to enhance the clubs vocabulary, prior to the meeting. The Grammarian provides a definition and encourages members to use the word of the day during their presentations. The Grammarian will listen throughout the meeting for good and poor uses of language and also for use of the word of the day.
Normally, Speakers have prepared five to ten minute presentations, following manuals provide by Toastmasters International. The manuals are designed to help the speaker focus on developing new speaking skills with each presentation. For example, the goal of one speech might be to practice vocal variety or body gestures. That and the actual chance to practice in front of an audience, is what makes Toastmasters great speakers. The Toastmaster introduces the speakers and the topic of their presentations and makes sure the meeting continues to flow, and stay on time.
For each speaker someone is assigned to evaluate the speech, giving not only a verbal evaluation for everyone learn from, but providing written evaluation in the Toastmaster's manual for the speaker. Evaluation in itself is a lesson in enhancing ones listening skills, while getting the chance to present your views in front of the group
Table topics is where members are encouraged to practice impromptu speaking. Often we are asked to provide comment or opinion and are given little, if no, advance notice to prepare. In Table Topics the Table Topics Master provides topics for which other members are asked to speak about for two minutes. The topics are not disclosed prior to the meeting and the participants are selected randomly during the Table Topic Session. Don't worry! Guest are not selected to speak during Table Topics. However, guests are welcome to try a Table Topic if they wish.
Following all of the speeches and evaluations the Grammarian has a chance to briefly give a report on good and bad uses of language, and how many times the word of the day was used. In addition, "ahs" and "ums", those awkward pauses many of us use when we speak aloud are counted. Members are encouraged to recognize the number of times they use these pauses and try to reduce them next time out.
Speeches, evaluations and Table Topics responses are timed. This is done to encourage people to speak within a set time limit, preventing speakers from going on too long, or using anther members allotted time.
The entire meeting is evaluated by the General Evaluator so that everyone can reflect on where the group performed well and where we can improve the meeting next time.
Best Table Topics Award
Each member is asked to secretly vote on who they felt was the best Table Topic Speaker, Speaker, Evaluator, and Toastmaster of the meeting. These votes are counted and the Best Table Topics Award is presented to the respondent who received the most votes.
Return Control to President :
Announce next meeting's schedule.