Typical Meeting

  • The toastmaster (meeting chairperson) opens the meeting and introduces the guests.
  • The topics master encourages members to give 1-2 minute off-the-cuff comments on topics pre-selected by the topicsmaster.
  • Guests are welcome to volunteer and contribute to the topics session if they wish.
  • The topics session lasts for about 30-40 minutes and is followed by a short break for tea, coffee and a biscuit (This offers guests a chance to meet other members).
  • The second half of the meeting kicks off with pre-arranged speeches by members or visitors from neighbouring toastmasters clubs.
  • Each Speech has a given learning objective.
  • The toastmaster introduces each of the speakers and speeches last 5-7 minutes.
  • Lights (green, yellow, red) are illiminated to indicate to the speaker when they have spoke for 5,6 and 7 minutes
  • Once the speeches are completed each is evaluated by another member of the club.
  • The general evaluator evaluates the meeting and each of the evaluators.
  • The President is then invited by the toastmaster to make any necessary announcements
  • The meeting is closed by the toastmaster.
  • If available members retire to the bar for drinks and chat.





What to Expect at a Typical Toastmasters Meeting