To get everyone ‘warmed up’ for the meeting ahead, i.e. involved and participative rather than a silent, passive audience. The Warm Up Master has an important role in creating uplifting energy in the room which means the audience enjoy themselves and the meeting overall.
The warm up is also a valuable opportunity for everyone in the club to speak briefly in front of an audience without the pressure of doing a more formal Table Topic.
Before the Meeting
It’s really important to prepare for the role as, done well, the Warm Up Master can ensure the meeting is a success.
Think of an introduction and subject that will resonate and appeal to the audience and allow for varied responses -‐ something lighthearted works best! It’s also a good idea to have a subject that allows for positive and/or humorous responses where members can get creative.
For example if you ask members what really annoys them, this will generate lots of negative responses which actually brings down the energy in the room afterwards ‐ go for a lighthearted and upbeat topic!
At the Meeting
- After the Grammarian has been introduced, the Toastmaster will return to the stage and introduce you.
- Come up to the stage, shake hands with the Toastmaster and greet the audience by saying “Mr/Madam Toastmaster, fellow Toastmasters and most welcome guests…..”
- Explain the role and the proceedings (i.e. that everyone has UP TO 15 seconds to give their response, when 15 secs is reached a bell will sound and they must stop speaking! Also it is important to stress that guests are more than welcome to say “pass” and not participate if they don’t want to).
- Explain the subject or question and the instructions concisely, before giving your own response first. Then choose someone at the front of the room and explain the order in which the respondents will answer, e.g. going from left to right on each row