Make us learn!
Time: 1-2 minutes
Present the membership with the opportunity to learn a new word and use it in their daily conversation. The word will be a word that will help the membership increase their vocabulary, a word that will be easily incorporated into everyday conversation, but different from the way they usually express themselves.
Before the meeting, as Word Master, you need to select a “Word of the Day”. This word can be coordinated with the Toastmaster of the meeting in order for it to relate to the theme for the meeting; however, this is not mandatory.
Prepare a sentence as an example of how to use the word including idioms and other interesting examples. Prepare a brief but thorough summary of your role as Word Master which explains your role in the program to visiting guests.
Print out the hand-outs so that every member and potential guest could have it during the meeting (~25-30 copies)
As you arrive at the meeting
In letters large enough to be seen from the back of the room, print the word, the part of speech and a brief definition. The word can placed on an easel stand off to the side of the room, taped to a side wall, etc. in order for members to be able to see the word throughout the meeting. Do not display the word in a position where the audience would find it distracting to any other portion of the meeting (eg: taped to the lectern).
Distribute the print-outs in advance so that you and the members do not waste their time at the meeting.
During the meeting
When called upon you by the Toastmaster, stand at your seat and briefly state the purpose of the “Word of the Day” for those guests present and then give word for the day with its additional information. Remind all the members and guests to use this word during the meeting as often as they can.
Keep a list and count the members who use the word of the day or a variation of the word, and how many times they were able to include it into their speaking role during the meeting. This includes speakers, evaluators, table topics speakers, etc. Be prepared to present your report near the end of the meeting at General Evaluator’s request.
After the meeting
When called on by the General Evaluator at the end of the meeting report of members who were able to integrate the word into their spoken part on the program.