A typical meeting includes:
The Toastmaster: The Toastmaster chairs the overall meeting and sets the tone and pace of the evening. The Toastmaster often follows a particular theme, for example ‘’Love is in the Air’’ for Valentine’s Day or ‘’Strange Australian Customs’’. A printed program guides the Toastmaster and members through the planned segments. See a sample program
Warm- Ups: Warm-Ups loosen up vocal cords and reduce nerves. Each person has the opportunity deliver a sentence in reply to a topic. There is no pressure on guests to participate.
Table Topics: Table Topics is an impromptu speaking segment. Guests are not expected to contribute to this segment, unless they expressly wish to be included.
Evaluations: Evaluators help speakers improve their speaking skills by encouraging strengths and offering suggestions for improvements.
Timekeeping: A Timekeeper records the time of each segment. Keeping to time is an important skill that is encouraged at Toastmasters.
Speeches: Prepared Speeches are presented by members working their way through their Communication Manual or Advanced Manuals. Each speech has specific objectives and a time limit. These speeches usually last between 5-7 minutes and you can choose any topic to share with your fellow Toastmasters.