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When You Are The
Toastmaster of the Day/Evening

The main duty of the Toastmaster is to act as a genial host and conduct the entire program, including introducing participants. If the Toastmaster does not perform the duties well, an entire meeting can end in failure. For obvious reasons this task is not usually assigned to a member until he or she is quite familiar with the Club and its procedures. Program participants should be introduced in a way that excites the audience and motivates them to listen. The Toastmaster creates an atmosphere of interest, expectation, and receptivity.


Let the Vice President Education know if you have selected a theme or if they would like you to follow a theme. Themes are typically optional, but they do add fun to the meeting. Checkout some past meetings here for ideas.

Contact the table topics master with a proposed agenda. This will help them assure not to call on the scheduled participants during their portion of the meeting.

Contact all speakers in advance to remind them they are speaking. Interview them to find out their speech title, manual project number, purpose to be achieved, time requested,  and something interesting which you can use when introducing them (job, family, hobbies, education, why this topic for this audience, etc.).  You can download and fill out the SPEAKERS INTRODUCTION FORM while you are interviewing them or at the very least, have them download and fill it out so they can bring it to the meeting.

Contact the general evaluator to confirm that all functionary assignments will be filled. Ask the General Evaluator to call the other members of the evaluation team (speech evaluators, topics master, timer, grammarian, ah counter, etc.) and remind them of their responsibilities.  Also have them fill out a SPEAKERS INTRODUCTION FORM so that you may introduce them properly.

Prepare introductions for each speaker. A proper introduction is important to the success of the speaker’s presentation. 

Prepare remarks which can be used to bridge the gaps between program segments. You might not use them, but you should be prepared to avoid possibly awkward periods of silence.

Remember that performing as Toastmaster is one of the most valuable experiences in your Club work. The assignment requires careful preparation in order to have a smoothly run meeting.

 On the day before the meeting, call or email members to ensure that all roles are filled.  Then fill in the agenda template with the meeting date and the assigned roles.  The agenda will prepare itself automatically.  Then print enough copies for members and guests (20 copies is recommended).


Arrive early in order to finish any last-minute details.

Check with the speakers for any last-minute changes.

Sit near the front of the room and have your speakers do likewise for quick and easy access to the lectern.


Preside with sincerity, energy, and decisiveness. Take your audience on a pleasant journey and make them feel that all is going well.

Always lead the applause before and after the topics session, each prepared speaker, and the general evaluator.

Remain standing near the lectern after your introduction until the speaker has acknowledged you and assumed control of the meeting; then be seated.

Introduce the general evaluator as you would any speaker; the general evaluator then will introduce the other members of the evaluation team.

Introduce the table topics master as you would any speaker.  If the table topics master forgets to call for the timer’s report and vote for “Best Table Topics Speaker,” you do it.  

Introduce each speaker in turn.

At the conclusion of the speaking program, request the timer’s report and vote for “Best Speaker.”

Briefly reintroduce the general evaluator. If the general evaluator forgets to call for the timer’s report and vote for “Best Evaluator,” you do it.

Present trophies.

Return control of the meeting to the Club President.