Ah-counter

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.

*Resources

  • TMI Official site – Timer
    • https://www.toastmasters.org/Membership/Club-Meeting-Roles/Ah-Counter
  • Toastmasters: Your Role as an Ah-counter
    • http://royceto.com/toastmasters-your-role-as-an-ah-counter/

*Sample script

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.

Thank you.

Mr./Madam Toastmaster.