Online Presenters Meeting

Monday April 3, 2023 7:45 PM EDT to 9:00 PM EDT

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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:

Meeting Theme

April Fools

Word of the Day

Transitive Verb
1. To deceive or dupe; hoodwink.
2. To confuse; bewilder.
3. To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.

Member Inductions Ceremony

Toastmaster of the Day Kim Leaming
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Tip of the Day Andrew Bern, DTM
3-5 minutes for a tip about tech, technique, or leadership.
Timer Evie Hartman

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

Ah Counter Louis Brown, DTM
Grammarian Graham Cairns, DTM
Watcher Sunny Fridge, DTM
Chat Monitor Sarra Idehen, DTM
Vote Counter Carolina Ramírez, SR5
Speaker 1 Toru Maruyama, DTM
"Run for your life" Motivational Strategies Level 3 Increasing Knowledge: Inspire Your Audience (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


Recalling my experience as a journalist in the coverage of the Gulf War in 1991, l learned how to survive in a deadly situation. 

Speaker 2 Marianne Grady, EC4
"The Gift of Travel" Dynamic Leadership Level 3 Increasing Knowledge: Connect with Storytelling (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


Title: The Gift of Travel

Dynamic Leadership Path
Level 3
Connect with Storytelling
Marianne Grady has been a Toastmaster for 13 years and a member of Online Presenters since 2020. She was the VP of Membership for OP last year and has served in many different capacities in other clubs. Today, she will share a story that she hopes will encourage you to examine the gifts in your life to help you be more purposeful about the choices you make. Please welcome Marianne Grady with her speech, The Gift of Travel

Speaker 3 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
"And the Winner is" Presentation Mastery Level 5 Demonstrating Expertise: Lessons Learned (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes

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

Prospective Member Speeches

Topics Master Andrew Bern, DTM
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.
Each Table Topics Speaker green Green: 1 yellow Yellow: 1:30 red Red: 2

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

General Evaluator Carl Walsh, VC2
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Jim Barber, PM1
Evaluator 2 David F. Carr, DTM
Evaluator 3 Andriy Smolenko, CC
Each evaluator green Green: 2 yellow Yellow: 2:30 red 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

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.

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