What happens at an Advanced Orators meeting?
All arrive by 1:30:00pm for prompt 2pm start.
President opens meeting and welcomes visitors and guests.
President welcomes guests and introduces the Toastmaster for the meeting.
Toastmaster starts the meeting with a summary of the meeting agenda.
A meeting may be based around a number of formats that are different than ‘normal’ meetings.
Such as :
- Evaluation of a speech from TED or YouTube or competition video.
- A debate format,
- The tall tales format,
- A competition format,
- A discussion format,
- Toastmasters education format,
- A planning format,
- Extended slots to accommodate advanced manuals such as speaking for Television.
Each format to be explained at the time and adapted to match available attendees.
Other more usual meeting elements are as follows:
Timekeeper confirms allotted times.
Grammarian presents the word for the meeting or explains special advanced aspect of grammar that will be focussed on.
If Table Topics is included then:
Table Topics Master introduces subjects for the impromptu 2-minute talks.
Several Members (and willing visitors) each in turn speak ‘off-the-cuff’.
Evaluation will after the last TT speaker be by the group.
There will be no voting for best Table Topic speaker.
Break (length depending on time available)
The break is a good time to chat with others, ask questions or sign up as a dual member.
There may be any number of speakers scheduled to speak but depending on the agenda there may be no speaker or just one speaker.
Speakers give their prepared speeches as set out the Toastmasters manuals, towards qualification of their TM goals.
These are timed strictly.
After all speeches are completed the lead evaluator then gives a short evaluation of each in turn and invites additional comments from the panel.
The assembled audience may also give oral feed back if time permits.
Evaluation time is again strictly monitored and finishes when the time allotted ends.
The audience give written feedback on advanced feedback forms which is handed to each speaker after each one has spoken.
There is NO vote on the best speaker overall.
The audience does not then vote for the best evaluator as would happen in a normal TM meeting.
The grammarian reports on the use of the meeting word and language usage in general.
A general evaluator if appointed then gives feedback on the proceedings.
The Toastmaster then hands over to the club president.
The president then makes any announcements and if possible determines the toastmaster and format for the next meeting.
The meeting is then completed with general announcements.
The meeting is set to conclude by around 3:30 pm.
Everything should ‘flow smoothly’ through the afternoon and there is usually a wide range of interesting and amusing content to be enjoyed.
Visitors and guests may be asked if they wish to contribute to parts of the evening, but this is entirely voluntary.
You really have to attend to see the different level that the Advanced Toastmasters meeting operates at.