The Benefits of a Toastmaster

More and more, brides-to-be, their fiancés and parents are becoming increasing aware of the benefits of employing a Professional Toastmaster for their wedding day. Most hotels and venues are also aware of the extra dimensions added by a well trained and experienced Toastmaster, which not only assist greatly in the overall running and presentation but remove some of the work of hard-pressed, in house staff teams. This alone makes a Toastmaster’s fee, more than justifiable. Added to this, is that the duties that a Toastmaster performs, will enhance the special day and consequentially reflect well on the venue’s image and reputation.

Selection of an excellent, and experienced Professional Toastmaster should be taken with care as your occasion will be special to you, and you want to find a Toastmaster that you know will be there for you and work in the way and style you want.

An excellent Professional Toastmaster’s recorded research prior to the event is thorough, their liaisons with event promoters professional, and their presentation precise and dignified, utterly without arrogance or pomposity. All hosts and guests from all walks of society receive dignified attention according to their station following correct protocol, precedence and etiquette. ‘Taste and style’, words that fortunately have yet to be declared ’politically correct’ are the mainstay of their presentations, which though formal, remain pleasant, friendly and diplomatic.

The image of the Toastmaster through their appearance in the immaculate traditional code of dress, firstly at ‘front of house’ and subsequently in the banqueting chamber stands out, drawing the attention of guests and, in part, elevating their perception of the event and their own participation within it.

Some venues offer free "Toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies" services as part of their wedding or event ‘package’ but it would be wise to check if those services are going to be carried out by a true Professional Toastmaster, or by just a staff member at the venue who has not been formally trained. It is very likely that there will be substantial differences between the two services provided. Some venues will recommend an experienced professional who has served them well in the past. The latter may well prove to be the better of the two options. A third option is to ‘take’ your own Toastmaster with you. A freelance Toastmaster that is not tied in to any one venue will generally be far more experienced, and have better expertise of working to get the best results for their clients in any situation.

Before committing yourself to a particular Toastmaster, always check his/her credentials and of course, fees charged, what the fee includes (i.e. pre-visits) and if any ‘penalty’ for cancellation is imposed.

BEFORE YOU BOOK A TOASTMASTER - ASK AND AT LEAST CHECK CREDENTIALS  SUCH AS

  1. Which professional organisation does the prospective Toastmaster belong to? what grade of membership have they achieved? and can they show proof of their achievements? Check with the quoted organisation that the Toastmaster actually is a member, as some quote qualifications, experience, and membership which they do not have.
  2. Where were they trained and by whom? Can they prove that they have been trained with certificates with wax seals on the bottom?
  3. Is a brochure/details of their professional services available?
  4. Is the correct code of dress worn? Correct same colour material red coat, white bow tie, dress trousers and waistcoat and patent black shoes?
  5. Do they have at least £5,000,000 Public Liability Insurance?
  6. Do they refrain from Alcoholic beverages while working for their clients?
  7. How many events have they carried out acting as a Professional Toastmaster? and what photographic proof of the work done have they to hand.(not just from one wedding or photographs of only them in uniform)
  8. Ask to see the examination sheet from the training course if you are not confident that the experience is correct.

To give you a guideline, please consult the list below for some of the inclusive services offered. A Professional Toastmaster organises, directs and presents the wedding breakfast or event in the correct manner, dresses appropriately and has the flexibility to incorporate the wishes of their clients.

To Put the Record Straight

Please note, a local male DJ Called Sykes(questionable description when he is awake) advertising as being a "Toastmaster" with 30 years of Toastmastering service, when in fact in 2014 he had not carried out any events or even been to a wedding in a church. Another factor which is ignored is that the full training course was not completed  or an exam completed so is not qualified at all. Check before you book that you are not being deceived. Also check any membership details with the organisation named.

Before The Day

All information is gathered, listed, recorded and saved. Your Toastmaster should be available for help and advice to include procedures, table plans, bouquets/presents and who says what and when. Your Toastmaster liaises with venues/hoteliers/caterers and follows a checklist of the arrangements as per the wishes of their clients.

On The Day

See  how you react with the Toastmaster. If you do not get a good feeling do not book them!.

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