What Goes on at a Toastmasters Meeting?
Although many people believe the focal point of a Toastmasters meeting is the prepared speech portion, our meetings also include activities for other members to develop their communication skills.
At a typical club meeting, members get a chance to run a meeting, develop impromptu speaking skills, give prepared speeches, develop listening skills, and serve in a variety of roles designed to maximize opportunities to speak. We maintain a friendly environment that encourages members to develop communication and leadership skills at their own pace. Most of us started out being afraid to speak in public, but after a few months of membership and club support, we became very comfortable with our new-found talents.
Typical Meeting Agenda
|Sergeant at Arms||Calls meeting to order|
|Jester||Shares a joke for the week|
|Inspiration||Shares an inspirational quote for the week|
|Toastmaster||Explains the theme and runs the meeting|
|Timer, Grammarian, Videographer||Explain their functions|
|Toastmaster||Introduces the formal speaking portion of the meeting|
|Speakers||Give their prepared speeches|
|Table Topics Master||Impromptu speaking portion of the meeting|
|General Evaluator||Runs evaluation portion of the meeting|
|Evaluators||Evaluate the formal speeches made earlier|
|President||Recognizes first timers
Discusses club business
Calls for announcements
Calls for comments from guests
Adjourns the meeting