Time: Maximum 15 sec per speaker (the Toastmaster may ask for less time per speaker)
Conduct this segment from the lectern
The purpose of this segment is to warm up the meeting and give everyone a chance to speak (from their places). Guests will find this easy to join in but may pass if they choose.
* Choose a topic that invites a short response e.g. ‘my favourite dinner guest would be…..’
* The time per speaker listed above is the recommended time. However, it is the responsibility of the member conducting this segment to keep within a total timeframe to suit the programme. If the meeting is running overtime or the attendance is large, you may be required to shorten the individual responses. The Toastmaster will advise.
* Take a watch displaying seconds and a spoon and glass to lectern.
* Explain how the segment is to be run, ie. each member briefly addresses the topic, (one sentence only) beginning with the words “My favourite dinner guest would be….”( or whatever you have chosen)
* Have an example ready to show what is required .e.g. ‘My favourite dinner guest would be Elvis because he might sing me a song’
* Begin with the person at the end of the table on the right or left of you. If both of these are guests, start with any experienced member, moving around the room clockwise. This allows guests the opportunity to see how the segment runs before it is the guest’s turn to speak.
* Allow a maximum of 15 seconds for each speaker (or less if requested by the Toastmaster). Use the spoon and glass to indicate that it is time for the next speaker to begin.
* If a speaker is floundering pass to the next person. You are in charge. As warm-up master you keep the segment running smoothly and avoid embarrassing any new member or guest.
* Imagination and humour are to be encouraged.