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Typical Meeting Format
The meetings are casual, relaxed and last from 7:30pm to 9:30pm (at the latest).
However: we do follow a very specific, very powerful format, which has been proven to make us all better speakers. The meetings consist of two halves:
In the first half, three or four speakers give prepared speeches (typically 5-7 minutes each), using the guidelines from the Toastmasters speech manual. The speeches are evaluated by other members, also using guidelines, and speakers are evaluated for their strengths as well as given tips for improvement. This is followed by a short break.
In the second half, the fun really starts, as those present at the meeting can participate in an impromptu speaking segment, which teaches us to think and speak "on our feet."