Become a Better VideoMaker – Check out Videomasters

By: Mark

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Club Meeting Roles

The role of the VideoMaster is equivalent to that of the Toastmaster, who leads the meeting, in a
standard Toastmasters meeting. The VideoMaster confirms with all roles ahead of time to
ensure a full agenda.
● Invites guests to introduce themselves
● Provides an overview of the meeting agenda
● Introduces the speakers/videos/presenters
● Conducts a short discussion on lessons learned during the meeting. Provides a forum
for questions or comments from the audience when time allows
● Asks for comments from guests

The InterviewMaster conducts the interview portion of the meeting. This is similar to the Table
Topics Master in a standard Toastmasters meeting, but instead of impromptu speaking, is
focused on developing the skills of interviewing in both the Interviewer and Interviewee. This is
your time to be Oprah and make the interviewees look good!
● Know who you’re going to interview ahead of time. Reach out to members to conduct a
pre-interview. Learn about their interests and causes, or business they may wish to
promote. This will help to define a purpose and message of the interview in order to
maximize effectiveness.
● Remember this is a conversational dialogue between you and an interviewee, not a
monologue such as during Table Topics.
● Time: Between 2:30-3:00 minutes The timer will signal at 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00 minutes.
● Conduct between 2-3 interviews depending upon time

VideoMasters TM 2023

The TechMaster’s role is similar to the standard Toastmasters General Evaluator, but with a
tech twist. The TechMaster will ensure the evaluators know which video/speech they’ll be
● Provides a quick Tech-Tip (2-4 minutes) at the beginning of the meeting. This can be
about anything you find potentially relevant to our diverse group.
● Introduces the Evaluation Team
○ Timer – Confirms times
○ Evaluators
● Introduces each Evaluator
● Provides a brief evaluation of the meeting

The Timer’s role is to provide timing signals for live speakers/evaluators during the meeting.
This helps ensure that the meeting runs on time and allows those speaking to stay within their
time parameters. Here are the current color signals. Timers may choose to display a colored
card on camera or change their Zoom Virtual Background.
Zoom Virtual Backgrounds:
Spotlight 2 Minutes Prior 1 Minute Prior At End Time
Interviews 2:30 2:45 3:00
Evaluations 2:00 2:30 3:00

Spotlight Presenter
The Spotlight Presenter is a live presenter who will provide an Educational Presentation or
Exposure to topics relating to video. Remember, VideoMasters is a diverse group with a full
spectrum of experience levels. It’s always good to have a reminder of the basics of video.
We love to have guest Spotlight Presenters! When setting up a guest Spotlight Presenter, help
the speaker determine what they will present about and provide them with a time frame. We try
to keep Spotlight Presentations under 15 minutes. Be sure to inform the VideoMaster and Vice
President of Education of the guest ahead of time.
Video Evaluators
Taking on this role improves active listening, critical thinking, and positive feedback skills.
VideoMasters TM 2023

Evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. You observe the video
presentations and offer evaluations of a presenter’s efforts.
As evaluator you:
● Ask those you’ve been assigned to evaluate what they will present and what they wish
to achieve.
● Provide objective verbal and written evaluations for speakers.
● When giving any evaluation, offer praise as well as constructive criticism.
Evaluation forms for Competent Videographer Projects can be found in the VideoMasters
Resources & Reference under Competent Videographer