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Online Presenters Toastmasters

Tuesday January 26, 2021

Club Mission: We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Specialty: Online Presenters focuses on the development of online speaking and presentation skills for those interested in conducting better webinars or online meetings.


Louis Brown, DTM

VP of Education
Andrew Bern, DTM

VP Membership
Marianne Grady, EC1

VP Public Relations
David F. Carr, DTM

Donna Knight

Pamela Benjamin, DTM

Sgt. at Arms
Angela Heath, ATMB

Immediate Past President
Nik Lakhani, DTM

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here:

7:15 PM  Self introductions / informal meet and greet / technical troubleshooting time

7:45 PM  Sergeant at Arms opens the meeting, sets the protocols and hands over to the President/Presiding Officer

7:47 PM  Presiding Officer gives a brief orientation and overview of the club mission. Introduces the Toastmaster of the Day

Theme and Word of the Day

Theme: DIAMONDs Word of the Day: BRILLIANT. From An adjective, meaning –shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous (i.e. brilliant lights of the city) –distinguished; illustrious (i.e. a brilliant performance by a talentec musician) — having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality (i.e. a brilliant technician) — strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright (i.e. brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets)

Member Inductions Ceremony

7:49 PM  Toastmaster of the Day Elaine Nieberding, VC1
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer Lukas Calafell, IP5, SR2

For the purpose of voting, please see Timer’s Notes below on expected duration of the different speeches

Ah Counter Donna Knight
Grammarian Surya Vangala, DTM
Watcher Ginette François, DTM
Chat Monitor Richard Durling, DTM
Vote Counter David F. Carr, DTM
7:55 PM  Speaker 1 Elizanne Warren-Russell, LD3

"When I shined!" Leadership Development Level 2 Learning Your Style: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
 Green: 5  Yellow: 6  Red: 7


An interesting story of when mentoring really worked.

Speaker 2 Angela Heath, ATMB

"Three Factors of Work/Life Balance During a Pandemic" Visionary Communication Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals: Researching and Presenting
 Green: 5  Yellow: 6  Red: 7


Is it possible to have work/life balance during a pandemic? Angela Heath is researching this subject to present it to the staff of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  She is presenting tonight, three of the seven factors she uncovered during her preparation. Her speech is entitled Three Factors of Work/Life Balance During a Pandemic

Speaker 3 Graham Cairns, DTM

"Learning to speak Strine" Presentation Mastery Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals: Evaluation and Feedback – First Speech
 Green: 5  Yellow: 6  Red: 7


Today, in Australia, it is Australia Day – and so Graham today is going to teach us how to speak Strine – or Australian

Backup Speaker 1 Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

8:22 PM  Topics Master Brian David Crawford, DTM
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.
Each Table Topics Speaker  Green: 1  Yellow: 1:30  Red: 2

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Prospective Member Speeches

8:34 PM  The Vice President of Membership leads this part of the meeting, which includes time for introducing new members and for speeches by prospective members. A prospective member who does not meet our default requirement for Toastmasters experience (more than 6 Toastmasters speeches) has the option of making a 3-5 minute speech about why that requirement should be waived.

8:39 PM  General Evaluator Marianne Grady, EC1
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Pamela Benjamin, DTM
Evaluator 2 Andriy Smolenko, CC
Evaluator 3 Louis Brown, DTM
Each evaluator  Green: 2  Yellow: 2:30  Red: 3

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

8:59 PM  President/Presiding Officer closing remarks. Be sure to wrap up meeting by 9 pm

9:01 PM   Meeting officially ends.

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Timer’s Notes

  • Only Prepared Speeches with duration of more than four (4) minutes 30 seconds or less than seven (7) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.
  • Only Table Topics speeches with duration of more than one (1) minute or less than two (2) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.
  • Only Evaluation Speeches of more than one (1) minute 30 seconds or less than three (3) minutes 30 seconds are eligible for voting.

Timing will begin with the contestant’s first definite verbal or nonverbal communication with the audience. This usually will be the first word uttered by the contestant, but would include any other communication such as sound effects, a staged act by another person, etc.

Planned Absences – Only displayed for logged in members of this site

9:02 PM  End