In essence there is no such thing as a typical meeting as not two meetings are the same. However we do like to follow a structure that helps us all to stay on track.
A typical meeting at Lewisham Speakers Club will start off at 7.15pm with a 15 minutes where we have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow members, and welcome guests until 7.30 when the Sergeant at Arms, will call the meeting to order. He or she will then hand over to the President who will welcome everyone, including guests to Lewisham Speakers Club and our international parent organisation Toastmasters International.
The president will then hand over to the Toastmaster of the evening who will introduce the theme for the evening, and guide us through the agenda and the meeting roles, calling up each speaker in turn who has a part to play in the meeting to explain their role.
We then hear 3 – 4 prepared speeches from our members, which are followed by evaluations.
An evaluation is a short speech delivered by a fellow club member, where we are encouraged to motivate each other through commendations and recommendations to those who have spoken.
After a recess, (where you can mingle and grab a hot drink and snack) the rest of the evening focuses on Table Topics, a session where members are called on to make an impromptu speech to a given topic.
The evening is rounded off with a General Evaluation, where a Toastmaster evaluates the overall meeting in terms of organisation and delivery, before being handed back to the president who may present an award or two to recognize some of the best performances during the meeting.
All this is neatly packed into a two hour agenda finishing at 9.30pm.