Online Presenters Meeting

Monday May 1, 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

Mother, May I? – when to ask for permission. When to ask for forgiveness.

Word of the Day

Initiative (noun) readiness to take action.

Member Inductions Ceremony

Kirthikka Devi Venkataram

Toastmaster of the Day Carolina Ramírez, SR5
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Tip of the Day Kirthikka Devi Venkataram
3-5 minutes for a tip about tech, technique, or leadership.
Timer Andriy Smolenko, CC

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

Ah Counter Sunny Fridge, DTM
Grammarian Andrew Bern, DTM
Watcher Jim Barber, PM1
Chat Monitor Open
Vote Counter Carolina Ramírez, SR5
Speaker 1 Graham Cairns, DTM
"Wedding Traditions That Work For You!" Persuasive Influence Level 3 Increasing Knowledge: Researching and Presenting (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


Graham Cairns is a member of multiple Toastmasters clubs – and one of them is a club for DJs and Masters of Ceremonies – disk jockeys, trivia hosts, wedding celebrants and more.

Obviously, wedding preparation is an important issue for members of that club – and today, Graham will present the results of some research he’s been doing on the origin of wedding traditions, with a speech entitled “Wedding Traditions That Work For You!”

Speaker 2 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
"Busy Work" Presentation Mastery Level 4 Building Skills: Managing a Difficult Audience (evaluation form)

10 – 15 minutes


DTM Joni Laidlaw will be explaining the use of Artificial Intellence to reduce unnessary or in some cases otherwise unnessary tasks which have become just an acceptable part of the work experience.

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 David F. Carr, 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 Marianne Grady, EC4
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Sunny Fridge, DTM
Evaluator 2 Kim Leaming
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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