Toastmasters Club Meeting Roles

Here is a short description of the roles that are important during our club meetings. Find this list and much more details on the new member’s guide.

  • Speaker: Each speaker prepares and presents a speech based on a project assignment from their learning path in Pathways.
  • Evaluator: The evaluator observes a speaker’s presentation and gives constructive comments in a brief evaluation speech. In addition to a verbal evaluation, the evaluator gives a written evaluation using a specific resource.
  • Timer: The timer helps to keep the meeting on schedule and times each speech. When you’re the timer, you will use a stopwatch, timing lights or other device provided by your club to keep track of time. At the end of the meeting, you share timing records with club members.
  • Table Topicsmaster: The Table Topicsmaster facilitates Table Topics—the meeting segment in which members deliver brief, impromptu speeches. The Table Topicsmaster prepares and introduces the topics and determines the speaking order.
  • General Evaluator: The General Evaluator evaluates everything that takes place and gives feedback to improve future meetings. When you serve as General Evaluator, you are responsible for pointing out what worked well and what could be better next time.
  • Toastmaster: The Toastmaster hosts and conducts the meeting. When you’re the Toastmaster, you introduce speakers and keep the meeting moving along. This role is generally reserved for experienced members who are familiar with the club and its procedures.
  • Grammarian: The grammarian listens to the way members speak and presents a verbal report at the end of the meeting. The grammarian provides feedback to help Toastmasters improve their language skills and stretch their vocabularies.
  • Ah-Counter: The Ah-Counter helps speakers keep track of the filler words and sounds they use and gives a report at the end of the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections such as and, well, but, so, you know. Sounds may be ah, um, er.
  • Word of the Day: The person in charge of the Word of the Day introduces a new word to members. Find an appropriate word to introduce during the meeting. It can be a word suitable to the meeting theme or a word that you find it helpful in developing a speech.

A member will take all these roles several times during his Toastmasters journey. Each develop specific public speaking and leadership skills that will help you grow and gain confidence!