The success of a Toastmasters meeting depends on the program participants. There are many roles to fill, and each job is designed to improve the members’ public speaking and leadership skills. Roles are rotated from meeting to meeting on a volunteer basis.
Toastmaster of the Evening: The Master of Ceremonies and Meeting Chair. Welcomes everyone to the program. Sets a positive theme for the evening and introduces the speakers and others on the program. Keeps the meeting moving and on time. Makes awards as appropriate at close of meeting.
Master Evaluator: Heads up team of Speech Evaluators, Timer, and Grammarian. Provides overall evaluation of total meeting.
Prepared Speakers: Give presentations on topics of own choosing based on Toastmasters Communication Basic or Advanced manual assignments.
Table Topics Master: Gives members an opportunity to practice impromptu, mini-speech responses of 1 to 2 minutes in length to questions on a theme.
Evaluators: Provide speakers with written and verbal feedback on the speakers’ strengths, plus tips on how speakers can improve speeches in future.
Timer: Coordinates speaking times for the meeting, tracks actual times incurred versus expectations and provides oral presentation during the meeting.
Grammarian: Challenges the members to use a Word of the Day to expand members’ vocabulary and to track improper grammar used during the meeting. Provides a report at the end.
One Minute Toastmaster: Speak on a topic related to Toastmasters itself and convey a well-prepared message within 60 seconds to the attendees.