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Online Presenters Toastmasters

Monday February 13, 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.

Specialty: Online Presenters focuses on the development of online speaking and presentation skills for those interested in conducting better webinars or online meetings.


David F. Carr, DTM

VP of Education
Graham Cairns, DTM

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

Valentine’s Day Traditions

Word of the Day


1.  Either of a pair of lovers in realation to each other.
2.  An affectionate or familiar term of address.
3.  A beloved person.

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 Rosena Duncanson, DTM
Timer Sunny Fridge, DTM

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

Ah Counter Carolina Ramírez
Watcher Joni-Renee Laidlaw
Chat Monitor Isabel Kadoorie
Vote Counter Carolina Ramírez
7:56 to 8:23 PM
Speaker Jim Barber
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….

Jim is practicing his speech for this year’s International Speech Contest. He has won at the club level; later this week he’ll compete at his Area Contest. His introduction, by contest rules, is simply “Jim Barber — Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…. — Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…. — Jim Barber”

Speaker 2 David F. Carr, DTM
Visionary Communication Level 4 Building Skills – Communicate Change
8 – 10 minutes, plus 2 minutes Q&A
The new way of organizing our agenda

David is a professional technology writer and editor, as well as the creator of several WordPress plugins, including the one we use to organize our agenda. He’s claiming time on tonight’s speaking schedule to demonstrate the new, improved version of the role signup and agenda management functions — now mostly debugged! These improvements required him to learn some of the same user interface technologies employed in web apps like Facebook and Trello, and he hopes you will see the benefits.

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 8:38 PM
Topics Master Andriy Smolenko

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

8:38 to 8:43 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.

8:43 to 8:48 PM
General Evaluator
8:48 to 8:57 PM
Evaluator Graham Cairns, DTM
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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