When you are timer of the meeting;
*What is Ah-counter?
The purpose of the Ah-Counter is to note any overused words or filler sounds used as a crutch by anyone who speaks during the meeting.
*What to do
- Prepare paper and pen for notes.
- Listen carefully to everyone in all sessions.
- Make notes of any unnecessary filler word during the meeting.
- At the end of the meeting, you will be called on by the General Evaluator during the evaluation segment. Stand by your chair and give your report.
- TMI Official site – Timer
- Toastmasters: Your Role as an Ah-counter
Good evening, my fellow toastmasters & welcomed guests!
I’m excited to be the Ah-Counter of tonight’s meeting.
The purpose of the “AH COUNTER” is to note words and sounds that are used as a “crutch” or “pause filler” by anyone who speaks. During the meeting I will listen for words AND COUNT that may be inappropriate expressions such as “well, so, you know.” Sounds may be “ah, um, er.” I will also note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase, such as “I, I” or “This means, this means.” This is known as a “double clutch.” At the end of the meeting, I will report the number of times that each speaker used these expressions.