Toastmasters – What do they actually do?

toastmaster and luxury Indian wedding at the monastery Manchester As a luxury Indian wedding photographer, I often get asked for recommendations when it comes to industry suppliers, we work with so many wonderful people throughout the year, that we wanted to showcase a few of them on our blog. We’ve showcased some excellent female wedding suppliers so far and this week I’d like to bring to you Sonal Dave, a wedding celebrant and toastmaster. I don’t often come across female toastmasters so it was refreshing to hear from Sonal and get to know her. This week Sonal tells us what toastmasters do.

Toastmasters – What do they do?

So in the last year since becoming a Toastmaster I have had so many amusing questions asked of me that I felt that I should share at least one with you in this blog.

So where do I start! Well let’s start at the first question I was asked last year by a young lady in her late 20s who was sourcing suppliers for her wedding & reception.

This is how the conversation went:

“My friend said that I should speak to you as you can help me with your Toastmaster Service”

Well firstly, thank you for getting in touch and I would be honoured to be part of of your very special day.

“Can I ask you a question?”

Of course you can. I am here to help you. What is the question?

“What is a Toastmaster and what do you do?”

Jaw drop moment, pause for effect ………..(not sure what level to pitch my reply), deep sigh, look up to the sky, pause again and then I reply

The Technical Bit.
A Toastmaster is a key person at any occasion where there is a degree of formality required. Formal occasions can be daunting for many people as they may be inexperienced at either organising or even attending such events. It is important, therefore, to have someone who has experience of such situations who can make sure things go smoothly.

So what does a Toastmaster Do?
Toastmasters are usually forgotten but are really an essential part of the big day. Many people think a Toastmaster simply makes announcements. This is just a small part of my work. Much of what I do happens before the event. I work closely with the client and / or the event coordinator to make sure that the tone and timetable is appropriate and is what they want. I help the day run smoothly and work with the event coordinator to organise suppliers, leaving you to have a stress-free event.

Why Do I need a Toastmaster?
When planning a wedding or event, think of it like a unique production. It will require lots of direction, stage management and excellent communications. As a Toastmaster, I am the voice of the bride and groom, the eyes and ears of the family and in my dashing attire I am able to move around to make sure that all plans are delivered as expected. You may feel that some of these duties fall to the event coordinator, and yes, you are right but the difference is on the day I am your visual spokesperson. I am formal in my uniform, which often includes a red tailcoat. However, as well as giving structure and gravitas to proceedings, I will use my skills and personality to ensure that your guests are at ease. An excellent Toastmaster will be able to assess the mood of the event and help create the right atmosphere. I can do that for you.

What happens on the day?
At the event, I will work with the event coordinator to ensure things run smoothly. At a wedding, for example, I will be responsible for orchestrating any or all of the following important moments; announcements, greeting the wedding party and guests, announcing guests, arranging the receiving line, introducing speeches, ensuring the guest book is signed, liaising with photographers, looking after cards and gifts, arranging the cutting of the cake, bouquet toss, introducing speakers and the first dance. The bride and groom should certainly not be concerning themselves with what happens next on their special day, and neither should their guests.

How do I find out more?
If you do have any questions or would be interested in discussing your event, then contact sonal@sonaldave.com. More details can also be found at www.sonaldave.com

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