Online Presenters Meeting

Monday July 8, 2024 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.

Meeting Theme

National Video Game Day 

Word of the Day


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a jury of inquest
an act or instance of seeking:
a chivalrous enterprise in medieval romance usually involving an adventurous journey
obsolete a person or group of persons who search or make inquiry

Member Inductions Ceremony

Toastmaster of the Day Sherry Blake
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Tip of the Day Joni-Renee Laidlaw, DTM
3-5 minutes for a tip about tech, technique, or leadership.
Timer Sunny Fridge, DTM

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

Ah Counter Joni-Renee Laidlaw, DTM
Grammarian Marianne Grady
Watcher Samuel Irwin
Chat Monitor Andriy Smolenko
Vote Counter Sarra Idehen, DTM
Speaker 1 Joni-Renee Laidlaw, DTM
Speaker 2 Graham Cairns, DTM
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 Andrew Bern, DTM
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.

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

General Evaluator Kirthikka Devi Venkataram
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Marianne Grady
Evaluator 2 Jim Barber
Evaluator 3 Open

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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