Typical Meeting

  • The toastmaster (meeting chairperson) opens the meeting and introduces the guests
  • The meeting kicks off with light-hearted discourse to get everyone warmed up
  • Prepared speeches are delivered by members or visitors from neighbouring toastmasters clubs
  • Each Speech has a given learning objective
  • The toastmaster introduces each of the speakers and speeches generally last 5-7 minutes
  • Lights (green, yellow, red) are displayed to indicate to the speaker when they have spoken for 5,6 and 7 minutes
  • A Topics Master presents a topic and encourages members to give a 1-2 minute impromptu speech on it
  • Guests are welcome to volunteer and contribute to the topics session if they wish
  • The topics session lasts for about 10-20 minutes and is followed by a short break for tea, coffee and a biscuit (This offers guests a chance to meet other members)
  • Each of the prepared earlier speeches is evaluated by another member – this is an opportunity for everyone to learn how to improve speaking skills and delivery
  • The general evaluator evaluates the meeting and each of the evaluations
  • Any necessary announcements are made
  • The meeting is closed


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What to Expect at a Typical Toastmasters Meeting