The Word-Of-the-Day Master presents a “word for the day” at the beginning of the meeting and keeps track and reports on who used the word. One benefit of Toastmasters is that it helps people improve their vocabulary and word use. Being Word of the Day Master also provides an exercise in expanding listening skills.
Before the Meeting
- Select the word of the day and prepare a sentence showing how the word is used. Email the word, its phonetic spelling, its class (verb, noun) and the sentence to the Toastmaster by Tuesday prior to the meeting to include on the Meeting Agenda.
- Prepare a brief explanation of the duties of the Word of the Day for the benefit of the guests.
At the Meeting
Before the meeting begins, place your visual aid at the front of the room where everyone can see it. Also get a blank piece of paper and pen ready to make notes, or get a copy of the grammarian’s log, if your club has one, from the sergeant-at-arms.
- Announce the word of the day, state its part of speech, define it, use it in a sentence and ask that anyone speaking during any part of the meeting use it.
- Briefly explain the role of the Word of the Day.
- Throughout the meeting, listen to everyone’s word usage. Write down who used the word of the day (or a derivative of it) and note those who used it correctly or incorrectly.
- When called on by the general evaluator during the evaluation segment:
- Stand by your chair and give your report.
- Report on creative language usage and announce who used the word of the day (or a derivative of it) correctly or incorrectly.