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What happens at a Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters meeting?

What happens at a Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters meeting?

EvaluatorsKelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters is a community-style club and follows a two hour meeting format. We start at 7 pm and end at 9 pm on Tuesday evenings. We take a break from 7:45 to 8:00 pm to allow for some socialization.

The first part of the meeting is lead by the Chair. The Chair calls the meeting to order and introduces various members who take on support roles throughout the meeting. The members assigned to take on the support roles then stand up and advise everyone what they will be doing during the meeting. The idea is to provide as many speaking opportunities as we can, to practice learning to speak in public. Taking on a support role gets you up on your feet and speaking to others.

Another highlight of the first portion of the meeting is the Table Topics session. The Table Topics Master will pose questions to members and guests if they are interested, that will get them up on their feet and practicing impromptu speaking. Upon completion of the Table Topics session, there will be an evaluation provided by the Table Topics Evaluator. Evaluation is an integral part of the Toastmasters program. Constructive feedback is what helps us grow and develop our skills.

The second half of our meeting is lead by the Toastmaster, where we feature prepared speakers, who are challenging themselves by delivering presentations from the Communication Program or the Advanced Communication Program. As our Toastmasters program is a self-directed, self-paced one, it is not uncommon to find a brand new speaker delivering their first speech in the same meeting as a seasoned member delivering an advanced presentation. As in the Table Topics session, each prepared speaker will have an Evaluator assigned to them.

After the speeches are completed, the Evaluators having created a written evaluation, will also provide a verbal report. Members who had been assigned support roles back in the beginning of the meeting will then deliver their reports on how they viewed the meeting and offer suggestions for improvement.

The meeting is drawn to a conclusion by the General Evaluator who provides an overall evaluation of anyone or anything that was not evaluated by the speech evaluators.

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