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.
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