purpose of the ah counter is to note words and sounds used as a “crutch” or
“pause filler” by anyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be
inappropriate interjections such as “and, well, but, so, you know.” Sounds may
be “ah, um, er.” You also should note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase such
as “I,I” or “This means, this means.”
AT THE MEETING
Get a pen and a blank copy of the ah counter’s log
Sergeant at Arms or
here and bring it to the meeting with you.
introduced prior to table topics, explain the role of the ah
meeting, listen to everyone for “crutch” sounds and
long pauses used as fillers and not as a necessary part of sentence structure.
Write down how many crutch sounds or words each person used during all portions
of the meeting.
When called on
by the general evaluator during the evaluation segment, stand
by your chair and give your report.
completed report to the