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1. Contact each scheduled Speaker several days prior to meeting.
· Verify that Speaker will be present or has a substitute.
· Obtain speech title.
· Find out whether or not speech is a manual speech.
· Find out if the Speaker will require more than the usual 5 to 7 minutes of time for his speech.
2. Contact General Evaluator and Table Topics Master.
3. Prepare introductions for the Speakers, Table Topics Master, General Evaluator and any others whom you will introduce
1. After Business Meeting
· When introduced by the Chairman after the business meeting, make opening remarks and introduce the Table Topics Master.
· When Table Topics are finished:
a. Announce 10 minute break
b. Direct members and guests to pay the Treasurer for meal.
2. After Break
· Kick off the program on a lively footing. Entertain or loosen up the group with jokes, anecdote, or whatever. Use your imagination.
· Say a few words about the forthcoming program.
· Invite the General Evaluator to give any directions he might desire to give.
· Introduce the Timer; ask him to explain the timing procedure.
· Introduce Speakers:
a. Announce the title of each speech, the name of the Speaker and make any other remarks
b. If a manual speech, include number and purpose of speech and any special time requirements.
c. Remain standing at lectern until Speaker arrives at lectern; greet Speaker.
d. At end of each speech lead applause. Offer words of appreciation and transitional remarks, then introduce next Speaker.
1. Contact each scheduled Evaluator, the Grammarian and the Timer to verify they will be present at the meeting or that they have a substitute.
1. Pay attention; you may have to decide who receives the “Best Table Topics Award”. Sometimes we have the TableTopic Chairman decide and pass the name to you.
1. Meet with Toastmaster to verify who will be speaking.
2. Assign Evaluators to Speakers. Enlist Evaluators if scheduled Evaluators are not present.
3. Enlist Timer if scheduled Timer is not present.
4. Remind Table Topics Master to help choose best Table Topics response.
1. Explain to Evaluators and club any special guidelines for evaluation. (Optional.)
1. Explain voting for Best Speaker and Most Improved Speaker
2. Introduce Timer and ask for Timer’s Report. (Timer usually gives report from wherever he is seated and does not come to lectern.)
3. Introduce individual Evaluators.
4. Introduce the Grammarian for the Grammarian’s Report
5. Give your own evaluation of the meeting in general. Include the performance of:
6. Present Awards:
8. Turn control of meeting back to Toastmaster.
1. Have a number of questions (7 or 8 minimum) prepared for discussion. Questions should be brief, of interest to members, and able to provoke discussion.
2. Plan on directing specific questions to specific individuals.
1. When introduced by the Toastmaster:
2. Go quickly into questions. Don’t express your views on the questions, solicit the views of the members.
3. Keep it lively. If one question is a dud, try another. If several people wish to respond to one question, let them.
4. Don’t call on guests, but permit (and invite) guests to participate if they indicate a desire to do so.
5. At 6:55 p.m. turn the meeting back to the Toastmaster.
6. Select who is to receive the “Best Table Topics Response” award. Pass this information on to the General Evaluator, who will present the award.
1. Meet with General Evaluator to find out whom you will evaluate.
2. Meet with assigned Speaker. Find out any specific aspects of the speech that he would like you to evaluate.
3. If a manual speech, take Speaker’s manual. Fill in your comments during his speech.
1. When called upon by the General Evaluator to deliver your evaluation, give a one to three minute evaluation:
2. Evaluations should be positive, emphasizing Speaker’s strong points. Weaknesses should not be overlooked, but should be presented with suggestions for improvement in mind. HINT: show mercy to Speakers in inverse proportion to their experience.
3. If evaluating a manual speech, don’t just read what you have written in the Speaker’s manual. Address main points in speech requirements, but include any other criteria or points not in the manual which you deem important.
4. Evaluate experienced Speakers against their past efforts. Are they improving or in a rut?
5. The bottom line is to employ Cosmo's Golden Rule: "Evaluate others as you would have them evaluate you."
6. Pope John XXIII once said, "See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little."
1. Prepare a “Word for the Day”. Write word on a placard (a dry-erase board is usually available), and prepare to explain what it means.
1. When called upon by the Chairman, present the “Word for the Day” from the lectern. Define it, pronounce it properly, and demonstrate its use.
2. Throughout the meeting, take note of the following:
3. Deliver report from lectern when called upon by the General Evaluator
1. Familiarize yourself with the operation of the timing device. Study the 9-page operations manual.
DURING TABLE TOPICS (OPTIONAL)
1. Time each participant’s response and record if asked to do so by the Table Topics Chair.
2. When you give your report later in the meeting, in the interest of brevity, report only those members whose response was outside the recommended length of 1 minute to 2 minutes ± 30 seconds.
1. Check with the Toastmaster to see if any Speakers require other than the normal 5 to 7 minutes of time.
1. When called upon by the Toastmaster
a. 5 to 7 minutes typically ± 30 seconds. You may use the buzzer at "7 min. 30 seconds".
b. 4 to 6 minutes for icebreakers. Do not buzz an Icebreaker.
c. Any special time required or requested for advanced manual speeches, etc.
d. Speech evaluations should run 2 to 3 minutes ± 30 seconds.
2. Time each Speaker and record.
3. When called upon by the General Evaluator, report each Speaker’s time.
4. Record and report on evaluation times if requested to do so by the General Evaluator.
5. Count the Vote Ballots. Very importantly, total the votes as follows: 3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place, and give 1 point for 3rd place. It is your option to throw out ballots that do not contain all 3 selections. Just one name written means, 3 points for 1st place and 0 points for all others. This is unfair. Remember, it is possible for a speaker who received all 2nd place votes to actually win "Best Speaker". The "Most Improved" is a simple tally of the most votes for the name. Pass the Results to the General Evaluator.
Have copies of schedule for the week and meeting agenda at hand for reference. Have a parliamentary procedure reference outline at hand, or you will suffer. (Our Placemat has a quick Parlimentary Reference Chart).
1. Gavel the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
2. Call for invocation or a toast.
3. Call for introduction of guests.
4. Direct Membership VP (or designated aide) to call roll.
5. Call upon Grammarian for the Word for the Day.
6. Call upon Secretary to read Minutes of previous meeting. After minutes are read ask for additions or corrections.
7. Give Executive Committee Report if desired (Chairman's option).
8. Call for other committee reports.
NOTE: Officially sanctioned committees take precedence over upstart "committees" and grandstanding demagogues.
9. Open the floor to unfinished business. Follow time guidelines in agenda.
10. Introduce new business. Follow time guidelines in agenda if possible.
11. Introduce Toastmaster at 6:30 p.m. (or after call for Orders of the Day).
Note: During Table Topics you may eat.
After the Toastmaster has finished his program he will invite you back to the lectern.
12. Call for comments from guests.
13. Call for comments for the good of the club.
14. Make any parting comments. Disguise them as comments for the good of the club.
15. Call for the Thought for the Day.
16. Adjourn meeting.
When you are the speaker you are one of the stars of the show. The focus of the entire Toastmasters meeting is to give speakers the opportunity to practice and improve their skills. In return, the primary duty of the speaker is to be prepared.
1. Be aware of the schedule and know when you are on the agenda as a speaker.
2. For most people in most circumstances, being prepared will mean having written and practiced a speech before the meeting. (The exceptions to this rule are few, but one could be a special event like a program of all impromptu speeches.)
a. Think about and look for potential speech topics even before you are listed on the schedule. Few topics are taboo in Cosmopolitan 515, and, ideally, speeches are evaluated on how they are delivered, and not on their subject matter, so feel free to explore most any subject. The only exception is your “Icebreaker” as explained below.
b. Allow about a week for preparing and practicing your speech. This will you allow you a couple of days to write the speech, and several more to practice and revise it.
c. Use the Toastmasters International speech manuals, especially the “basic” manual. While some in Cosmopolitan 515 may disparage manual speeches as stifling to creativity, they in fact give you an opportunity to work on all facets of your speech-making abilities, and offer unique challenges in every exercise. One bit of advice: fit the manual to your speech; do not fit your speech to the manual. If you have a good motivational speech, don’t try to make it into an informative speech just because that is the next assignment in the manual. Feel free to skip around in the manual or give the same type of speech more than once.
d. Time yourself when you practice so that you can fit your speech into the normal 5 to 7 minute time slot.
e. Prepare your notes, visual aids and so forth before the meeting at which you speak.
The second duty of a speaker is to help your helpers. The main task of the Toastmaster, your evaluator and the rest of the evaluation team is to help you succeed and improve. Make it easy for them to assist you.
The “Icebreaker” is your first speech to the club, and it is your opportunity to introduce your self to the club. Therefore, the subject of the speech should be you. It can be about your childhood, your career, your interests, or a combination of these and more. The speech should be about whatever it is that lets the other members of the club get to know you. Your fellow club members’ knowledge about you helps them to effectively evaluate and assist you in the future.
The “Icebreaker” speech can come in many forms. It need not be a chronological accounting of your life, and many of the most effective “Icebreakers” are not chronological. What matters most is that the “Icebreaker” speech is about you.
It is very important to read your Manual on how to prepare and deliver this first speech. If you have not received your manual from Toastmasters International yet, there should be an extra copy in the lectern for you to use. Be sure to give the manual to your assigned evaluator to follow the evaluator's guide.
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