What a meeting looks like

Our meetings last 60 minutes.

During the meeting, we follow the standard Toastmasters meeting format: prepared speeches, Table Topics, and evaluations. We publish an agenda before every meeting, just like other Toastmasters clubs do.

Our meetings have the standard Toastmasters roles: Toastmaster, General Evaluator, Table Topics Master, Ah Counter, etc.

The club’s officer roster is the standard Toastmasters roster: President, VP Education, Treasurer, Sergeant At Arms, etc.

The evaluations are as important a part of the meeting as they are at any Toastmasters club. In fact, they might even be more important. At many standard Toastmasters meetings, the General Evaluator takes a back seat to the other goings-on, simply introducing the speech evaluators and making a few comments on the air conditioning and the refreshments.

At Virtual Toastmasters meetings, however, the General Evaluator plays a much bigger part in the meeting. He or she evaluates the platform we are using for that meeting (for example, GoToWebinar, or DimDim), its pros and cons, and what it teaches us for future meetings. Because those issues are so central to why we exist as a club, that evaluation carries special importance.

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