Being a Grammarian will expand and improve your thinking and listening skills, and is a very enjoyable role.
Role of Grammarian
The Grammarian completes a range of tasks:
- presents the word or theme of the meeting
- listens to each speaker’s grammar and language
- notes grammatical mistakes, as well as examples of good word usage
- and offers suggestions for improvement in a verbal report at the end of the meeting
Download and print a Grammarians Report template.
Refer to the Competent Communication Manual, pages 68-69 for information about how to fulfil the Grammarian role.
The Grammarian role can be used for the following Competent Leadership Award Projects:
- 1 – Listening and Leadership
- 2 – Critical Thinking
- 3 – Giving Feedback
- 4 – Time Management
The Ah-Counter notes words and sounds used as a “crutch” or “pause filler” by speakers during a Toastmasters meeting.
This role is sometimes combined with the Grammarian role.
Some clubs may levy a fine for the use of ah’s and um’s.
Refer to the Competent Communication Manual, page 69 for information about being the Ah-Counter.
The Ah-Counter role can be used for the Competent Leadership Award Project 1.
The Timekeeper times all portions of a Toastmasters meeting, starting with the meeting opening, through to the close of the meeting.
Being a timekeeper requires alertness and the ability to follow instructions.
As timekeeper, you will operate the timing lights or timing cards to show each speaker how they are doing against their stated time objectives.
When you arrive at a Toastmasters meeting, it is important to confirm the timings with each speaker, and ensure you can operate the timing lights/card and stopwatch correctly.
At the end of the meeting, the Timekeeper may give a verbal report to the meeting on whether all participants met their speech time objectives.
Refer to the Competent Communication manual page 65 for specific instructions on how to fulfil the Timekeeper’s Role.
The Timekeeper role fulfils Competent Leadership Project 4 – Time Management.