AH COUNTER

Helping members off their crutches

 

The purpose of the Ah-Counter is to note any word or sound used as a crutch by anyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections, such as and, well, but, so and you know. Sounds may be ah, um or er. You should also note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase such as “I, I” or “This means, this means.” These words and sounds can be annoying to listeners. The Ah-Counter role is an excellent opportunity to practice your listening skills.

 

PRIOR TO THE MEETING

 

  • Prepare a brief explanation of your duties as Ah-Counter. Why we need the Ah-Counter and the rules. Make a mini-speech, get creative. It’s your time on stage

 

ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING

 

  • Arrive at 6:30 pm to the venue and meet the SAA

  • Get the bell and a copy of the Ah-counter from the Sergeant at Arms. If there isn't any available, get a piece of paper and a pen.

DURING THE MEETING

 

Opening Remarks: 1 min

Closing report: 1 min

  • At the start of the meeting the Sergeant at Arms will call on you to give a brief explanation of your role. Stand in your place and speak loud and clear.

  • Throughout the meeting, listen to everyone for sounds and long pauses used as fillers and not as a necessary part of sentence structure. Write down how many filler sounds or words each person used during all portions of the meeting.

  • Close to the end of the meeting you will be called on for your report. Stand by your chair and give your report loud and clear.

 

DOWNLOAD / PRINT - AH-COUNTER REPORT SHEET

 

Click here to get the default document used by VETC

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