Online Presenters Meeting

Monday April 17, 2023 7:45 PM EDT to 9:00 PM EDT

If you have a password, 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:

Meeting Theme

April showers 

Word of the Day

verdant (adj) green with vegetation. lush and growing

Member Inductions Ceremony

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

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

Ah Counter Carolina Ramírez
Grammarian Andriy Smolenko
Watcher Open
Chat Monitor Open
Vote Counter Graham Cairns, DTM
Speaker 1 David F. Carr, DTM
"The Webinar Contest for 2023" Presentation Mastery Level 4 Building Skills: Question-and-Answer Session (evaluation form)

12 – 15 minutes


Since shortly after the launch of Online Presenters in 2023, the club has held an annual webinar contest — a modified version of a standard Toastmasters contest designed to test members skills that are specific to delivering a speech online. Our next speaker, David F. Carr, DTM, was the charter year President of Online Presenters and currently serves as our VPE.

The webinar contest has changed over the years, and it’s still an experiment with no recognition from Toastmasters International. David will explain how it’s different from other contests, and why it’s important.

This year, Online Presenters will hold a club-level webinar contest on May 8 and is also planning an “invitational” event where all the contestants will be guest speakers on June 12.

Speaker 2 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
"Yoodli 7 day Challenge " Presentation Mastery Level 4 Building Skills: Public Relations Strategies (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


DTM Joni Laidlaw will explain her use of social media to promote her second DTM project the Introduction of the Yoodli Software.

Speaker 3 Open
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 Marianne Grady
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 Graham Cairns, DTM
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Jim Barber
Evaluator 2 Toru Maruyama, DTM
Evaluator 3 Open
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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