The best way to see if our club is right for you is to visit one of our meetings as a guest. We meet every Tuesday evening (except weeks with statutory holidays) at 7:00 PM
Step by Step
- Go in the front door of the Mechanical Engineering Building
- Go up the stairs on your right to the 3rd floor.
- Go down the third floor hallway to the end.
- Go to room 331 (across from the far stairwell on the 3rd floor)
How Meetings Run
Each meeting is different, but all follow a particular format:
- Welcome members and guests
- Joke of the day
- Prepared speeches
- Table Topics
Each meeting is run by people filling specific roles. Although each club is slightly different, each meeting is structured around prepared and impromptu speaking. These are the roles you will encounter at a TECS meeting:
A major part of each meeting is centered around 1-3 prepared speeches. The speeches are prepared based on projects in the Competent Communication or Advanced Communication manuals. Speeches are usually 5-7 minutes long, but may vary for certain projects.
Speaking and leadership skills are improved through evaluations. Evaluators are asked to give both a verbal evaluation and a written evaluation using the guide in the manual, as well as standard skills such as eye contact, vocal variety, body language, and structure. Your evaluation is an opportunity to practice leadership skills such as listening, critical thinking, feedback, and motivation.
Being grammarian is an exercise in listening skills. There are three basic responsibilities: First, to introduce new words to members; second, to comment on the use of English during the course of the meeting, and third, to act as the Ah counter, tracking the use of filler or crutch words such as “um” “ah”, “like” and “so” used during the meeting. During the Grammarian’s report, the Grammarian will present a summary of the observations, and provide suggestions on how to improve. The Grammarian also announces the Jawbreaker award to the member who said the word of the day most.
The Quiz Master tests the listening skills of all members by delivering a quiz near the end of the meeting. The quiz draws upon facts from the various prepared and impromptu speeches given.
One of the lessons in speech training is expressing a thought within a specific time. Each segment of the meeting is timed. The Time Keeper is responsible for showing the timing signals, keeping track each segment’s time and providing feedback in the Timer’s Report.
Table Topics Master:
The Table Topics Master runs the Table Topics session. During this period, every member gets the opportunity to think extemporaneously and speak impromptu for 1:30. Speaking preference should be given to members without other meeting roles. The Table Topics Master selects the theme, word of the day, and topic ahead of the meeting; originality is desirable as much as possible. The Table Topics Master must also ensure that the Table Topics segment ends on time.
Table Topics Evaluator:
The Table Topics Evaluator delivers a verbal evaluation providing constructive feedback to the Table Topics Master and all Table Topics speakers. The Table Topics Evaluation should cover all the same topics as a regular speech evaluation, including eye contact, vocal variety, body language, and structure.
As the name implies, general evaluator discusses anything and everything that takes place in the meeting. You are responsible for conducting the evaluation portion of the meeting and evaluating the evaluators, which consists of the table topics evaluator, quiz master, grammarian and time keeper. At the end of the evaluation segment, the General Evaluator collects the ballots and announces the winners for Most Improved Speaker and Best Table Topics Speaker.
Every TECS meeting begins with a joke. It is Joke Master’s responsibility to prepare an entertaining joke and deliver it to the club.
The Toastmaster acts as a host and conducts the entire meeting, including introducing participants (other than Table Topics Speakers and the evaluation section). The Toastmaster must keep the meeting moving and create an atmosphere of interest, expectation, and receptivity. Program participants should be introduced in a way that excites the audience and motivates them to listen.
Toastmasters Educational Program
Learn more at toastmasters.org.