The Association of the UK School

of Professional Toastmasters

Charity events

Very often those running events are doing so because of their commitment to the charity rather than because they are experienced  managers. A Toastmaster can be very helpful as he or she most likely has experience gained from  involvement in many charity events and will have proven suggestions for fund-raising.

In particular, a Toastmaster may do well running a charity auction. Professional auctioneers are used to selling to an audience who know all about the sale items and are there explicitly to buy, whereas a charity auctioneer often has to work hard at describing and “selling” the lots, then cajoling the audience into parting with as much money as possible - possibly far more than the item's 'market' worth.

A Toastmaster can:

  • Receive and direct your guests as required
  • Liaise with event photographers and videographers
  • Announce luncheon or dinner and direct guests to their places
  • Introduce speakers and entertainments
  • Organise “ice-breaker” and other fund-raising amusements during the event
  • Manage the drawing of the raffle and announce the winning numbers
  • Act as auctioneer
  • Conclude the formalities and announce totals raised

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