Online Presenters Meeting

Monday July 31, 2023

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.


Graham Cairns, DTM

VP of Education
Evie Hartman

VP Membership
Kim Leaming

VP Public Relations
Andriy Smolenko

Andrew Bern, DTM

Sarra Idehen, DTM

Sgt. at Arms
Joni-Renee Laidlaw

Immediate Past President
Andrew Bern, DTM

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:

7:45 to 7:47 PM

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

7:47 to 7:49 PM

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

Meeting Theme


Word of the Day


1.  The principles or styles characteristic of the art, architechture and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.

2.  Adherence to such principles.


Member Inductions Ceremony

7:49 to 7:51 PM
Toastmaster of the Day Kim Leaming
7:51 to 7:56 PM
Tip of the Day Andrew Bern, DTM
Timer David F. Carr, DTM

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

Ah Counter Joni-Renee Laidlaw
Grammarian Jim Barber
Watcher Andrew Bern, DTM
Chat Monitor Carl Walsh
Vote Counter Evie Hartman
7:56 to 8:23 PM
Speaker Graham Cairns, DTM
Engaging Humor Level 4 Building Skills – The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech
5 – 7 minutes
Humor off the top of the head

In this project, from level 4 of the Engaging Humour path, Graham will be asked to deliver a 2-3 minute impromptu humorous speech for one of a dozen possible scenarios.

He will have no idea what that scenario is, until the toastmaster announces it.

Then, just to prove he is a glutton for punishment, he will face ANOTHER unknown scenario, and deliver ANOTHER 2-3 minute speech.

Speaker 2 Angela Heath
Presentation Mastery Level 5 Demonstrating Expertise – Prepare to Speak Professionally
18 – 22 minutes
Unleashing the Potential of AI In Your Business: Shatter the Six-Figure Barrier

Angela would love to get detailed feedback on how she can make this speech more powerful.  It is the abbreviated version of a speech she will be delivering to a partner’s audience in one month.  The audience is a group of early-stage entrepreneurs who are not very familiar with AI and are struggling to earn more revenue.

Speaker 3
Backup Speaker

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

8:23 to 8:26 PM

Prospective Member Speeches

8:26 to 8:31 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.

8:31 to 8:43 PM
Topics Master Kirthikka Devi Venkataram

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

8:43 to 8:48 PM
General Evaluator Evie Hartman
8:48 to 8:57 PM
Evaluator Jim Barber
Evaluator 2 Carl Walsh
Evaluator 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

8:57 to 8:59 PM

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

8:59 to 9:00 PM

Meeting officially ends. Visitors Feedback

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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