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Guest Speaker FAQs  
Guests & Speech Requests

Guests are most welcome to visit Yammertime meetings! 

Guest speakers are welcome.

Here are the general expectations for any speech request:

  • Both VPE and Toastmaster should be apprised of and have final approval for all requests. 
  • Speech requests (from any Toastmasters member) should be submitted to Yammertime via easy speak in advance for consideration. Please provide: speech title, project, length of speech in minutes, and introduction.
  • We aim to finalize our weekly meeting agendas by the Monday prior to, or 2 days before the meeting on Wednesday. 
  • Speaker and meeting roles may be reserved for Yammertime members; as paid members, they receive priority for any meeting and speaking roles in club meetings. 
  • Because speeches generally require an evaluation, guest speakers may be expected to arrange for their own evaluation, else understand that the club may not be able to provide a standard evaluation.
There is no set 'limit' on how many times a guest can visit, although Yammertime reserves the right to create or update a policy that does so.
 
Participation Expectations of Members and Guests

We love guests and our club members. Guests are welcome to just observe. Guests generally should not take on roles beyond volunteering to answer Table Topics, unless they have prior Toastmasters experience, since the expectations for the various won't be understood. 

To best build our club we strongly encourage:

  • Rotating through all the roles. 
  • Trying all the meeting roles within your first 6 months of membership.
  • Preparing for roles by finding guidance online and through other club members.
  • As a new member in our club, aim to give your first speech (ice breaker) within the first 3 weeks.
  • Plan to trying doing your first speech evaluationafter:
    • You've observed several evaluations.
    • Can offer observed strengths and suggestions for improvement.
    • Given at least a couple of speeches yourself. 
    • Tips for formulating an evaluation.

We all fall into our favorite roles, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, taking on all roles rounds out your skills and also supports quality meetings. 

 
 

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