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SLTM Role Descriptions

January 24, 2011

Toastmaster Role Descriptions

Toastmaster: Is responsible for running the meeting as an “MC” of sorts. The toastmaster introduces speakers and passes control of the podium to the speakers as they come up to speak.

General Evaluator: Leads the evaluation team, including the Speech Evaluators, Timer, and Ah- Counter. The General Evaluator also gives an evaluation of the overall meeting during which he or she offers tips to improve all aspects of the meeting.


Table Topic Master: Is responsible for leading the “impromptu speaking” session, called Table Topics. The TT Master prepares questions to ask individual members of the audience, who are asked to speak on the random topic for 1-2 minutes. This is a great time for both MEMBERS and GUESTS to gain practical experience in thinking and speaking “on their feet”. Everyone is strongly encouraged to volunteer. Toastmasters helps you learn by doing: you can’t get better if you don’t first try, so try it!


Ah Counter: Is responsible for counting the number of unnecessary words (sometimes called “filler words”; words that just take up air but have little meaning) that speakers use throughout the night. Some examples are: “ah”, “um”, “so”, “like”, “actually”. Speakers should aim to use only words that add value to their speech.


Timer: Is responsible for keeping track of the time spoken by all speakers. Speakers should aim to speak only for the allotted time listed on the agenda speakers who can follow their time constraint and still get their point across are much more effective speakers in the “real world”.


Grammarian: Is responsible for identifying a limited amount of poor word choices and grammatical errors, and make suggestions for improvement.


Debate Master: Is responsible for leading the impromptu debate session. The Debate Master prepares a topic for the audience. The Debate Master prepares a topic for the audience. The Debate Master forms a 3 person “for” and a 3 person “against” team. Everyone is strongly recommended to volunteer. The “for” team’s debater starts the first 1 minute, followed by the first “against” team debater. The second two debaters speak for 1 minute each followed by the final two debaters speaking for 1 minute and 30 seconds. A yellow card timer will show 10 seconds before the minute at which then the timer will start clapping signaling that the time is up. Members and guests will vote at-large for the team that has won the debate.


More detailed descriptions of each role are available on the Toastmasters website (



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