Role of the General Evaluator

The General Evaluator conducts the entire Evaluation Session. The Toastmaster-of-the-Meeting will relinquish control of the lectern to the General Evaluator for that portion of the meeting.

The General Evaluator should have communicated with each member of the evaluation team (see Meeting Format) to insure that each evaluator knows the speaker that they will be evaluating. Other members of the evaluation team include the Grammarian, the Time Keeper and the Vote Counter.

At the meeting, the General Evaluator is responsible for evaluating the entire meeting. The General Evaluator should evaluate:

x The room arrangement

x The greeting of guests and members

x Promptness of meeting opening

x Conduct of the business session

x The Toastmaster-of-the-Meeting's performance

x The Table Topics Master and the Topics Speakers' performance

x The Grammarian's performance

x The Evaluators' performance (after their evaluations, of course)

x The Timing and Vote Counting procedures when needed

When neither accolades or suggestions for improvement are needed, the General Evaluator should not feel compelled to verbalize unnecessarily. While no time is specified for the General Evaluator, time is precious to everyone at the meeting so use it wisely! The General Evaluator should NOT (except in the case of the very grossest oversight) evaluate the individual speakers.This is the job of the individual speech evaluators.

The General Evaluator evaluates the meeting in chronological order. When the General Evaluator reaches the prepared speech portion of the program, the individual speech evaluators are called on to evaluate the prepared speeches. The General Evaluator then asks the audience to pass their ballots for Best Evaluation to the Vote Counter. Next the General Evaluator evaluates the individual evaluators.

The General Evaluator should then ask the Word Master for a report of how often the word of the evening was used during the meeting.

In conclusion,the Grammarian should be called on. When needed, the General Evaluator evaluates the Grammarian.

The General Evaluator retains control of the lectern during the entire Evaluation session. After the General Evaluator's final comments, control of the lectern is returned to the Toastmaster of the Meeting.

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