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Bob Lloyd


True or False?

"A Toastmaster is only required when an event is formal or very large and is there just to make announcements simply adding pomp and formality."

In fact nine-tenths of a Toastmaster's role is never actually seen by guests. Careful planning prior to the event, attention to detail throughout the event, close liaison with the venue staff and other professionals, deft and tactful handling of any unplanned occurrence, management of large numbers of people, correct and proper dealings with dignitaries and VIPs... there and many more duties that are part of a professional Toastmaster's role, no matter what kind of function it may be.

Your Toastmaster's objective is to ensure that your event runs smoothly and apparently effortlessly, without you, your family, friends or guests needing to worry about anything other than enjoying it. The relationship between you and your Toastmaster ideally starts well before the event, so we advise that you include them in the planning process.

This may be the first time you have organised such an event, but your Toastmaster will have had experience in handling many similar occasions, and can advise on everything from timings to etiquette and protocol.

The exact details of your Toastmaster's duties and responsibilities will vary according to the type of event and will be tailored to your specific requirements. Examples can be found in the following sections. Whatever the event, the role of your Toastmaster will combine the unique mix of advisor, organiser, linkman, diplomat, voice and "presence", which defines the modern Professional Toastmaster.​

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