Don't know what your role is about?


Here you can find a description of all the roles which you can present in Toastbusters:



Helping members off their crutches


The purpose of the Ah-Counter is to note any word or sound used as a crutch by anyone who speaks during the meeting.

Time: 1 - 2 minutes for introduction, 2 minutes for the report. 

Words may be inappropriate interjections, such as "and", "well", "but", "so" and "you know". Sounds may be "ah", "um" or "er". You should also note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase such as "I, I" or "This means, this means". These words and sounds can be annoying to listeners. The Ah-Counter role is an excellent opportunity to practice your listening skills.

Improving the process while overseeing the execution.


General Evaluator is a director and host of the third part of the meeting. 

Time: no special time limits, but you should plan your session according to the evaluation session time interval from the agenda.

Don’t worry, there’s no capital punishment during Toastmasters meetings. Unless, of course, the grammarian is in a bad mood:)

The syntax sentinel


In Toastbusters we have two roles (Word Master and Grammarian) presented by one person. 

Time: 1 - 2 minutes for introduction, 4 minutes for the report. 


One benefit of Toastmasters is that it helps people improve their grammar and word use. As a grammarian, you have several responsibilities: to introduce new words to members, to comment on language usage during the course of the meeting and to provide examples of eloquence.


Make us laugh!

Time: 1-2 minutes

Humor is a critical part of communication skills. How effective is constructive criticism without humor? Can you laugh at yourself?

Appropriate, well-timed humor adds greatly to the Toastmasters experience. As meetings are structured and should be "well-oiled", it is often a challenge for members to know when to insert jokes and humor into the meeting. This is why we have a Joke Master in each meeting.

Time: 2 - 3 minutes

People join Toastmasters to improve their speaking and leadership skills, and these skills are improved with the help of evaluations. Members complete projects in the Competent Communication (CC) and Competent Leadership (CL) manuals, and you may be asked to evaluate their work. 

At some point, everyone is asked to participate by providing an evaluation. For the speakers, you will provide both verbal and written evaluations using the guide in the manual. Though for the leadership roles you’ll always give a written evaluation, and verbal evaluations are given privately, after the meeting.

Show your vocal verve!

Time: depending on the objectives of the project.

No doubt you’ve guessed that the speaking program is the center of every Toastmasters meeting. After all, what’s Toastmasters without the talking? But members don’t just stand up and start yakking. They use the guidelines in the Competent Communication (CC) manual and the Advanced Communication Series (ACS) manuals to fully prepare their presentations.

The extemporaneous educator

Time: 20 minutes

With Table Topics, the Table Topic Master gives members who aren’t assigned a speaking role the opportunity to speak during the meeting.
The Table Topic Master challenges each member with a subject, and the speaker responds with a one- to two-minute impromptu talk.

The articulate ad-libber

Time: 1 - 2 minutes

Most of the talking we do every day – simple conversation – is impromptu speaking. Yet for some members, Table Topics is the most challenging part of a Toastmasters meeting.

Table Topics continues a long-standing Toastmasters tradition – every member speaks at a meeting. But it’s about more than just carrying on an anxiety-ridden tradition.

Do you have the time?


As timer you are responsible for monitoring time for each meeting segment and each speaker.

Time: 1 - 2 minutes for introduction, 2 minutes for the report. 

One of the skills Toastmasters practice is expressing a thought within a specific time.

You’ll also operate the timing signal, indicating to each speaker how long he/she has been talking. Serving as a timer is an excellent opportunity to practice giving instructions and time management – something we do every day.


The emcee


The Toastmaster is a director and host of the first part of the meeting. 

Time: no special time limits, but you should plan your session according to the Toastmaster general time interval from the agenda.

Begin preparing for your role several days in advance. First of all, you need to know who will fill the other meeting roles and check an up-to-date meeting agenda. Get this information either here or from the Secretary.