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In this section you will find useful information on how to prepare for and perform the following roles at our meetings:


The timekeeper helps everyone stick to their allocated time, a vital skill in all forms of public speaking and communication. They do this by signalling with different coloured light bulbs to let each person know how much time they have left.


The grammarian is the wordsmith, introducing a Word of the Day which people can try to fluently work into their performances. Their main job is to listen to people's use of language and comment on how they deploy it to spice up their act.

Topics master

The topics master's job is to get people thinking on their feet. They do this by calling upon volunteers to stand up for a minute and a half and speak on a surprise topic, question, theme or scenario.

Topics evaluator

The topics evaluator's job is to provide helpful feedback to the topics speakers, briefly commending their strengths and suggesting a possible area for improvement.

Speech evaluator

Each prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator to provide more thorough feedback to allow them to learn from their performance, usually involving a minute of recommendations sandwiched in between two minutes of commendations to reinforce the strength


The toastmaster is one of the most challenging roles, responsible for the smooth and timely running of the entire meeting and for introducing all participants.

General evaluator

The general evaluator looks at the whole meeting and evaluates all the functionaries.