A typical toastmaster evening provides a variety of presentation and speaking challenges. They are varied in their length and complexity and assigned in direct relationship to the Toastmasters’ expertise. Toastmasters learn by seeing good work presented and evaluated, and by imitation of successful technique. Toastmasters meetings are spiced with laughter, creativity and camaraderie. We have fun!
Listed below are the typical roles with a brief description of each.
Chooses the theme for the evening and coordinates the pre-meeting preparation. He/she facilitates the flow of activities on the meeting night. This role develops organizational skills, facilitation and impromptu skills.
Welcomes members and guests and arranges for guest introductions. This role assures all in attendance are comfortable and develops social skills.
Times the various components of the evening for the presenters’ reference. This is principally an auxiliary role that enables the meeting to stay on time.
Aids the chairperson through the meeting with reference to correct parliamentary procedure and reports on how effectively the Chair facilitated the business session. This teaches parliamentary procedure and effective meeting management.
Presents a new “word for the evening” to enhance members’ vocabulary and reports on the effective use of language heard throughout the evening.
Prepares several questions throughout the evening from material presented to test members’ listening skills.
Table Topics Master
Prepares topics for the impromptu speaking session of the meeting and facilitates that event. This role highlights creativity and develops facilitation skills.
Thought for the Evening Presenter
Prepares and presents a provocative thought at the close of the meeting to leave members with something to muse over on their way home. This role challenges our thinking and presents new and inspiring outlooks on life.
Prepare and present speaking assignments from the various manuals that focus on different aspects of speaking in public. This is Toastmasters’ main objective. Speakers learn by doing in a positive and supportive environment.
Coordinates and facilitates the evaluation session of the evening to enable growth through effective feedback to presenters. He/she also offers a commentary on the conduct of the entire evening. This role develops critical and analytical skills and teaches graceful and tactful ways to offer guidance.
Offers written and oral constructive commentary on one specific presentation as assigned. This teaches assessment abilities and skills in presenting those impressions.
Prepares and presents researched information primarily around presentation skills. This develops teaching methodology and is usually assigned to advanced Toastmasters who offer their expertise.
Prepares and presents a toast relative to the theme or current events. This role teaches proper toasting method.
Speaking Out Presenter
Prepares and presents a brief viewpoint on a topic of his/her choice. This mini speech allows an opportunity to verbalize passionately held opinion.
Little Success Presenter
Prepares and presents a brief testimonial of personal experience. This typically highlights skills learned at Toastmasters and how those skills proved of value.