Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Toastmaster or Master of Toast?

Toastmasters may seem like a funny word. The word can make weddings and toasts come to mind, while it does help with those types of toasts, that is not what Toastmasters focuses on.

The toastmaster of the day is the person who leads the meeting. After the president calls the meeting to order, they hand control over to the toastmaster of the day. 
Here is what the toastmaster does:
They will invite the general evaluator to introduce their evaluation team. 
Welcomes the speaker, and tells what their speech is about, the title, and if it is a manual speech. 
The toastmaster of the day also welcomes the topicsmaster, and makes sure there are good transitions between the speech(es), and table topics. 
They also need to get the times of the speeches, both prepared and impromptu. 
Toastmaster welcomes the general evaluator, and asks for the table topics award to be given. After this, they give the meeting back over to the president. 

 If this seems overwhelming, don't worry!! After joining the club, you will not be assigned to be toastmaster until you are comfortable with the meeting, and know what the rolls are. At Yaquina Toastmasters, new members are usually assigned timer for their first roll, which is easy. 

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