Online Presenters Meeting

Monday September 18, 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

Shiver me timbers! Tuesday, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so guess what our theme is? All members are encouraged to either dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate, or both!

Word of the Day

privateer (noun) an armed ship that is privately owned and manned, commissioned by a government to fight or harass enemy ships. May also refer to the captain of a government-sponsored pirate ship.

Member Inductions Ceremony

Toastmaster of the Day Jim Barber
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Tip of the Day David F. Carr, DTM
3-5 minutes for a tip about tech, technique, or leadership.
Timer Carolina Ramírez

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

Ah Counter Sarra Idehen, DTM
Grammarian Sarra Idehen, DTM
Watcher Graham Cairns, DTM
Chat Monitor Open
Vote Counter Carolina Ramírez
Speaker 1 George Chiesa (guest)
Path Not Set Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals (evaluation form)
Speaker 2 David F. Carr, DTM
"Tour of the WordPress editor" Other Manual or Non Manual Speech: Custom Speech 10 to 12 minutes (evaluation form)

10 to 12 min


David F. Carr will present a quick tour of the WordPress editor and how you can use it to create a more impressive Toastmasters website or a business, nonprofit, or personal website.

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 Andriy Smolenko
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 Joni-Renee Laidlaw
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Carl Walsh
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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