Applause

Whenever anyone is called to come to the lectern, applaud that person from the moment that (s)he rises from his/her seat until they reach the lectern. It is important that the person coming to the lectern does not dawdle. The person should be prepared

clapping

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If you are the person in control of the meeting, lead the applause. This helps create a welcoming environment for anyone coming to the lectern.

Never say “I will now turn over the lectern to…” Instead say: “I relinquish control” or “I return control to…” Then shake the hands with that person.

When you begin speaking, address the person who gave you control.

For example:

If you are the Table Topics Master and have just received control from the Chair, address the person who gave you control by saying “Madam/Mister Chair, toastmasters, guests…”

saying <“Madam/Mister Chair, toastmasters, guests….”

If you are the General Evaluator and have just received control from the Chair, address the person who gave you control by saying “Madam/Mister Chair, toastmasters, guests…”

If you are the Chair and have just received control from another meeting official, you address the person who gave you control by saying “Madam/Mister (whatever their capacity), toastmasters, guests…”

If you are a speaker, you address the Toastmaster who is in control by saying “Madam/Mister

Toastmaster, Toastmasters, guests…”

When you are finished speaking always mention the person from whom you took control of the lectern.

For example:

If you are the Table Topics Master and have just completed the Table Topics portion of the meeting you address the Chair by saying Madam/Mister Chair”. >Wait at the lectern until the Chair returns to the lectern.

If you are a speaker, address the Toastmaster who is in control by saying “Madam/Mister

Toastmaster”. Wait at the lectern until the Toastmaster joins you, shake hands and then be seated.

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