usually two meetings per month, a regular Toastmaster meeting and a special
The Regular Toastmaster Meetings follows the standard format
of Toastmaster International and offers speaking opportunities ranging from
prepared speeches through evaluation.
meeting roles include:
- Toastmaster of the Day: The meeting
emcee is responsible for the flow and time management through the various parts
of the meeting. Often the Toastmaster of
the Day does this through a theme that ties the roles together.
of the Day: The Word/Jokemaster educates or entertains the group by
challenging speakers to incorporate a particular word in their speeches or
shares a thought or joke to set the fun and supportive tone of the meeting.
- Table Topics Master: This person
challenges members to practice thinking on the fly by asking some
funny/interesting questions which an individual member must answer without
Speeches: Prepared speeches are
chosen from the Competent Communicator Manual or from various Advanced
Communicator manuals and are normally 5-7 minutes. Prepared speeches challenge the speaker to
practice a specific aspect of public speaking which could range from using
props to varying vocal delivery to inspiring the audience.
Evaluator: The GE evaluates the meeting as a whole as well as the
Speech Evaluators, Ah-Counter, and Timer.
Evaluators: This person(s) critiques the prepared speeches according to
the requirements of the speech assignment, content, and speaking style.
Feedback is an important part of improvement!
Noting any word or sound used as a crutch, the Ah-Counter helps raise
individual speakers’ awareness of the
use of and, well, but, so and you know as well as sounds like ah,
um or er.
The Timer is responsible for monitoring time for each meeting segment and speaker
(a timing sheet will be provided).
A Special Topic Meeting targets members’ needs as they relate
to the Darden experiece, for example, a class participation workshop, mock
interview practice, and joint event with other clubs.