Ah Counter

Purpose:† to encourage speakers to eliminate the use of "ah", "uh", "um" and unnecessarily long pauses.


Honk the ah-horn every time a speaker says "ahĒ or one of its derivatives

Describe task at beginning of meeting

Do NOT honk for Prepared Speeches

Track occurrences of ahs and ums: who, how many times, what

Give a brief report when called upon by the General Evaluator


Educational Minute

Purpose: to educate and remind Toastmasters of meeting protocol and practices


Prepare and present a one-minute speech about Toastmasters-related topics like meeting protocol, roles, duties, responsibilities, etc.



Purpose: to evaluate a prepared speakerís performance and provide balanced, constructive feedback to help the speaker improve.


Meet with assigned speaker before the speech to get their manual for written feedback and to discuss any particular areas the speaker wants you to look at.

Examine all the facets of a speech, draw conclusions, organize and develop constructive suggestions, and then give an interesting and effective presentation in a two to three minute evaluation. The evaluation itself should be a mini-speech, with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Prerequisite: Evaluators should have completed 3 manual speeches prior to giving an evaluation


General Evaluator

Purpose: to provide feedback to evaluators about their performance and to evaluate the quality of the meeting as a whole


Assign the evaluator to a speaker based on comparable experience
Work with the Toastmaster on the agenda

Track flow, organization, energy of the meeting: did the meeting follow the agenda?

Explain the purpose of the general evaluation portion of the meeting

Introduce the Educational Minute speaker (VP Education or some other Toastmaster)

Explain evaluations in general and introduce evaluators

Call for Timerís report on Evaluations

Call for vote for the Best Evaluator

Evaluate the evaluators

Call for duty holder reports (Ah Counter, Posture Bell, Grammarian)

Evaluate the meeting as a whole

Present the Best Enthusiasm award

Call for the vote for Best of the Big 3 (Toastmaster, Table Topics Master and General Evaluator)

Prerequisite: General Evaluator should have completed 3 evaluations prior to becoming GE



Purpose: to encourage the use of original but grammatically correct language and provide feedback


Choose the word of the day and prepare a visual aid for it

Describe task at beginning of meeting

Monitor the use of good grammar, pronunciation and creative use of language in all speaking

Track good and improper use of language, as well as use of the word of the day

Give a brief report when called upon by the General Evaluator


Invocation and Pledge

Purpose: to start the meeting off properly and lead the Pledge of Allegiance


Give a brief invocation to start the meeting. This can be a quote, a brief anecdote, or even a prayer.

Lead the Pledge of Allegiance by asking the members to stand and join you in the Pledge.

Introduce the President of the club to start the meeting.


Posture Bell

Purpose: to call attention to distracting gestures a speaker may unconsciously use


Describe your task at beginning of meeting

Ring the posture bell any time a speaker uses a distracting gesture like wringing the hands, rocking from side to side, touching the face or hair, hands in pockets, etc.

Do NOT ring the bell during a prepared speech

Track the posture infractions as they occur: note speaker name and type, count, etc.

Give a brief report when called upon by the General Evaluator



Purpose: to provide the best environment possible for the meeting


Set up the room: Set up the flag, the club banner, put the gavel on the lectern, put out ballots, vote cups, and prepare equipment for the meeting.

Watch the door to greet visitors, have them sign in, give them a visitor guide and seat them. Introduce a visitor to someone at their table.

Introduce visitors to the club at the end of the meeting.

Assist speakers with special setup and breakdown needs on stage between speeches.

Break down the room and store the supplies.



Purpose: to learn to speak in public in a confident, skilled and competent manner


Prepare a speech from a Toastmasters manual

Inform the Toastmaster of the title, speech assignment and time duration of your speech

Perform your speech within your time constraints

Prerequisite: Must be a paid member of Toastmasters to get credit for a speech


Table Topics Master

Purpose: to provide an opportunity for all members of the club to speak during a meeting, and to learn to speak extemporaneously


Explain the table topics portion of the meeting

Prepare table topics questions prior to the meeting, following the Toastmasterís theme if you like

Call upon audience members (no guests unless they are Toastmasters) to come up and answer a question. Try not to call on Speakers, Big 3, Evaluators, then Duty Holders, in that order.

Call for the Timerís report about the table topics contestants

Call for the vote for Best Table Topic



Purpose: to provide feedback to speakers about their time progress during their speech


Describe your task at beginning of meeting.

Verify the duration of prepared speeches and find the correct timing rules for each type of speech (prepared speech, table topic, or evaluation).

Operate the clock or stopwatch and show the green card at the minimum time, yellow card at end time minus 30 seconds, and red card at end time plus 30 seconds.

Give a brief report when called upon by the Toastmaster, Table Topics Master or General Evaluator.



Purpose: to prepare in advance for running the meeting in a smooth and interesting manner


Select a theme if you want a theme

Verify participants in the meeting and fill the duties if not done at the end of the previous meeting

Get speech information from your speakers

Prepare an agenda for the meeting

Explain the duty holderís role in the meeting

Introduce the Duty Holders and ask for descriptions of the Duties

Introduce the Evaluators and ask for objectives of the Speakers

Introduce the prepared Speakers

Call for a timing report

Call for the vote for Best Speaker

Introduce the Table Topics Master


Vote Counter

Purpose: to count votes for the award ribbons and collect comments for speakers


Describe your task at beginning of meeting.

Collect the votes from the Vote cups during the meeting.

Count the votes for each of the awards: Best Speaker, Best Evaluator, Best Table Topic, Best of the Big 3 (Toastmaster, Table Topics Master, General Evaluator).

Note:† Your vote breaks a tie.

Collect notes to speakers and deliver them to the speaker.

Prepare and present the award ribbons to the winners at the end of the meeting.