Typical Meeting

Many people have not heard about Toastmasters!  It is one of the Best hidden gems in life which has helped millions of people in over 140 countries, and has been around since 1924! 

Members learn through taking on roles at the club meetings.  The more roles a member takes on, the more they learn!

At our clubs, when you come in, you are greeted by our friendly Greeter.  As you walk in, you will see members happily or nervously preparing for their role in the meeting.  Happily or nervously, it’s all part of the fun learning experience.

When it is time, the Sergeant At Arms opens the meeting and welcomes everyone and introduces the Chair person to start the meeting.  
The Chair person prepares for the meeting ahead of time by choosing a meeting theme, communicates with role takers and club members, prepares introductions, and conducts the meeting.  This is an advanced role and is usually reserved for members who are ready to take on new challenges.

Other Meeting Roles in our club:

Team Leader - prepares a team building activity and challenges teams to play.
Humourist - learns a joke and shares it in the meeting.
Tips Master- learns a public speaking tip and shares it in the meeting.
General Evaluator - Observes and evaluates for quality meetings.  This leader has the Grammarian  and Time Keeper as part of his/her evaluation team.
Grammarian - Listens for crutch words and good use of the English language, and presents a report at the end.
Time Keeper - Tracks the time used by speakers and role takers, and presents a report at the end.
Speaker - Presents a prepared speech from their speech manual.
Speech Evaluator - Evaluates the Speaker.
Table Topics Leader - Leads the impromptu speaking portion of the meeting.  Prepares 10 impromptu questions for members to answer on the spot, and one take-home question for members to take home to think over and prepare a response for the next meeting.  During the meeting, members can choose either question to respond to.
Brainstorm/Problem Solving/Discussion Session Leader - Prepares a problem to be answered by the group.  And leads the group session.
Quizmaster - Listens during the meeting and poses 3-5 questions to see how well members listened during the meeting.
Club President - Prepares inspirational quote or club announcements.
Head Coach - Presents an overall evaluation of the roles.

The Best Table Topic Award is given to the best impromptu speaker at each meeting.

This sounds like a lot, but it is not.  Everyone is taking on a role in the meeting (depending on experience level), and when everyone pulls the meeting together, everyone is having fun and learning lots!