Imperial College Speakers conduct its meetings at 6pm on Thursday evenings on a fortnightly basis. During the actual meeting, each attendee will receive an agenda detailing the events scheduled for the day. Each meeting involves several roles played by members to ensure the meeting runs smoothly, as highlighted below. A regular meeting in our club mainly consists of three parts:
Table Topic Sessions
This is where it gets exciting, as people from the floor would be randomly called up onto the stage to deliver a speech. This part of the meeting aims to develop one’s ability to speak impromptu. This session is led by the Table Topic Masters, who prepares a set of questions (usually about six) and allocates one for each person, who is called up, to address in a brief 1-2 minute speech. Once everyone has spoken, the Table Topic Evaluator will then provide a brief evaluation for each speaker, detailing on which aspect they can improve.
Fret not! Speaking in front of a crowd might sound scary for complete beginners, but you should view this session as an invaluable opportunity to practice your impromptu skills in front of a friendly audience like us, as this has always been the mantra at not only Imperial College Speakers, but also Toastmasters.
Guests can kick back and relax as the Speakers take the stage and deliver their speeches. The speakers base their speeches on the projects in the Toastmasters Competent Communication manual (more info).
The speakers of the previous session will receive feedback on their performance by the Evaluators who would also base their evaluations to the Toastmasters manual. We believe that knowing how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a speaker are also integral to developing your speaking abilities. So do keep a listen on what differentiates a good speech from a great one.
The meeting is run by the Toastmaster of the Evening. In addition to the aforementioned roles, each meeting also involves several other roles including the Timekeeper, who helps keep the meeting running in time by flashing colour cards to the speakers/evaluators to indicate how much time they have left in their time limits. The Linguist comments on any excellent usage of English during the meeting for everyone’s appreciation, while the Sergeant-at-Arms calls the meeting in order and takes note of attendance. Each meeting also features a General Evaluator who provides recommendations on the general aspects of the meeting, most of which are directed to the role players of the meetings, so they can improve their management and leadership skills.