Ah Counter

How to do the role of Ah Counter in Toastmasters

Here is a step by step guide to assist you in performing the role of Ah Counter in your next meeting.

Role of Ah Counter in Toastmasters
Role of Ah Counter in Toastmasters

Before the meeting –

Read the list of filler words carefully a couple of times so that you are aware of the different type of the filler words that you have to keep a track of. You may refer the report you will prepare as the Ah counter to know these filler words. A sample of the report is provided below as well.

During the meeting –

1) Your role starts when the first words are uttered by SAA. Note the name of Toastmasters taking the stage chronologically and mark every filler words uttered by them.

2) When called upon by the General Evaluator, step on the stage and give a brief introduction of your role.

RELATED : Here is a sample script you may use to introduce your role.

3) As the meeting proceeds, continue writing the name of the Toastmasters and guests appearing on the stage chronologically and mark the filler words used by them. You may make use of the tally marks used in statistics to make the counting easier.

Tally Marks for Ah Counter
Use Tally Marks to count filler words.

4) Towards the end of the meeting, when the General Evaluator calls you, step on the stage and present your report. Make sure you give the exact filler words used by each person so that they may know what to work on. At the same time, be crisp so that it does not take long time.

Here is how you may present the report.

Hello everyone. I am back with my report.

First of all, a big round of applause for TM A, B, C and D. They made use of no filler words today. (Claps)

TM E used 2 “Um” and 1 “you know.” TM F used 4 “But.” TM G used 1 “so” and had a pause. And so on …”

Your club will provide you the report to be filled as the Ah Counter. For your reference, here is a sample report that the Ah Counter has to fill.

Once you have presented your report, your job for the day is done.


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