Meeting Roles

At Golden Speakers Toastmasters, you improve communication skills by actively participating in various roles. Each role provides a unique learning experience which allows you to exercise your speaking and listening skills. The following are the roles which you will be called upon to fulfill:

  • Sergeant at Arms is responsible for the room set up and logistics. He/she is also responsible for introducing the Chairperson. If there are ballots to be collected and counted, the Sergeant at Arms takes care of this job.
  • Chairman is formally in charge of the meeting. He/she sets the tone, introduces many of the people and is responsible for confirming the various roles held at a meeting. He/she sets the agenda.
  • Inspirator tells a short story to uplift and inspire his, or her, audience.
  • Timer (important role): keeps the meeting to the agenda so the meeting is conducted in an orderly fashion. He/she times all projects, from the inspirator to evaluator, and all who take to the lectern during a meeting. If a speaker goes over time during a presentation, the timer leads the applause to give the speaker “the hook”. the only time this does not happen is during an ‘Icebreaker’ speech (a new member’s first speech).
  • Grammarian/Ah Counter (unique role) will introduce a word-of-the-day to help increase our vocabulary. He/she will provide a definition and example of ho the word is to be used. The grammarian also tabulates the word usage, counts any ‘ums’ or ‘ahs’ and gives feedback on interesting, or poor use of language.
  • Humorist tells a joke to entertain the audience. Being funny is not as easy as you think!. Being humorist gives us a chance to practice our delivery, timing and challenges us to find a joke that is clean and non-offensive.
  • Table Topics Master provides the subjects that give members to speak off-the-cuff on the topic given them. The Table Topic Master selects the person for each topic. This is a great opportunity to practice ‘thinking in your feet’.
  • Table Topics Evaluator gives feedback to each of the participants in the Table Topic portion of the meeting.
  • Toastmaster will propose a toast for the evening and will introduce the speakers who have prepared a manual speech. Also, will introduce the evaluators of these speeches.
  • Speakers give a prepared speech from a selected manual.
  • Speech Evaluators are assigned to evaluate each person who presents a prepared speech. The evaluator will determine whether the speaker meets the objectives of the speech and will give the speaker constructive feedback. This evaluation is only the evaluator’s opinion.
  • General Evaluator evaluates all and any role that has not already been evaluated. The General Evaluator gives his/her overall impressions on the meeting.

Golden Speaker Members Only

If you are a member of Golden Speakers Toastmasters and have already been added to the Google Groups membership list, you are able to sign up for meeting roles available through Google Documents. Note: If you are not able to access this sign-up sheet, please let one of the Executive members know and we’ll add you to the Google Groups list.