Online Presenters Meeting

Monday May 15, 2023 7:45 PM EDT to 8:45 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

The importance of planning ahead

Word of the Day

Improvised (adjective) Made or said without preparation

Member Inductions Ceremony

Toastmaster of the Day Marianne Grady
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Tip of the Day Open
3-5 minutes for a tip about tech, technique, or leadership.
Timer Jim Barber (guest)

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

Ah Counter Kirthikka Devi Venkataram
Grammarian Open
Watcher Jim Guld (guest)
Chat Monitor Open
Vote Counter David F. Carr, DTM
Speaker 1 David F. Carr, DTM
"The Toastmost Advantage" Presentation Mastery Level 3 Increasing Knowledge: Connect with Your Audience (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


David runs the club website hosting service and has been working on a more concise description of its value. Here is the 5-7 minutes version.

Speaker 2 Graham Cairns, DTM
"Mentoring without meaning to." Persuasive Influence Level 2 Learning Your Style: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring (evaluation form)

5 – 7 minutes


Graham Cairns is today presenting from his Persuasive Influence path – the level 2 project, introduction to mentoring.

Speaker 3 Carl Walsh
"Why Good Companies Make Bad Decisions" Path Not Set Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals (evaluation form)



Speaker, Trainer, Co-Founder of The Alpha Dogs Consulting Group and Co-Host of the Oval Table podcast, Carl’s first taste of business was starting a Theatre Company after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  He found that he loved the business of it. 


This led to 28 years in the corporate world, including companies such as The Walt Disney Company, building and maintaining high performance teams.  Since then, he has spoken across the country helping small business professionals boost their businesses.


His belief is that Clarity of Vision and Alignment of Purpose determines whether people, teams and companies succeed or not.

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 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
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 Andriy Smolenko
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 Graham Cairns, DTM
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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