The role of the Toastmaster is distinct from that of the M.C. in the understanding of protocol, dignity, sense of occasion and giving focus and structure to an event. A great Toastmaster frees up your banqueting manager, makes sure that your event runs to time, keeps a disparate group feeling invested in a single endeavour and generally keeps a smile on everyone’s face.
Once I don the red coat I am focused 100% on the requirements of the events sponsors. My military background gives me a heightened awareness of the slightest changes in a room’s mood and I seldom miss a loose thread or squint chapeau.
Moreover, my role does not begin on the day of the event. I am freely available to discuss etiquette and procedure well in advance of your day and whilst you are busy taking photographs or the like, I’m pleased to operate as a surrogate host, diplomat or shepherd as required.
Toastmasters are traditional at weddings. They also lend gravitas to award ceremonies, graduation, exhibitions, openings and launches, cocktail parties, ladies evenings, dinner dances and the like.