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Toastmasters

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Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an efficient, enjoyable and affordable way to improve your leadership and communication skills. It can open doors in your professional and personal life. It will build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

Toastmasters meet from 1215-1315 

A typical West Winners meeting agenda:
Call to order/Toastmaster comments/agenda changes
Introducations and explanation of duties
Word of the day
Invocation/Exhortation
Humour
Speech Objectives
Speech Introduction
Speech
Table Topics - 3 participants
Speech Evaluation
Table Topics Evaluation
Grammarian and Ah Counter report
Timer's Report
General Evaluator
Guest Comments
Announcements/Meeting Adjourned

What are the various roles in a meeting?

From week to week, members rotate in these roles so everyone can practice:
- The Toastmaster has the key role in the success of the meeting. The Toastmaster's primary duties are to ensure the meeting is run well and acts as a genial host to smooth the transition between meeting participants.
- An Invocation/Exhortation can be a one-to two-minute story, poem, informative article or something that uplifts, educates or entertains the audience. Think of it as a meeting warm-up.
- Humour can be a joke or very brief funny story.
- The Grammarian finds a "Word of the Day" to build members' vocabulary. He/she listens for use of that word along with the improper or impressive use of the English language.
- The Ah Counter listens for use of "crutch" words or sounds such as "ah" "er" and "um" - or repeated words like "so", "and", "you know", etc. A brief report is provided to make participants aware of their filler sounds and words.
- A Timer keeps track of the time for many agenda items and reports how participants did in achieving the goal for their allotted time on the agenda.
- The Prepared Speaker presents a speech from his/her speech project manual. The speech is written and practiced in advance of the meeting.
- The Table Topics Master leads Table Topics, which can be the funniest and most enjoyable part of the meeting. Table Topics is an opportunity to practice thinking and speaking "on your feet". The Table Topics Master prepares questions adn calls members one at a time to speak for one to two minutes.
- Evaluators provide peer-to-peer feedback. Evaluations encourage and motivate speakers to work hard and improve themselves.

For more information, contact Nadia Alix 204-833-2500 ext. 6947.