In Toastmasters, we’re taught to begin our remarks with the title of those we are addressing: “Mr. President,” “Mr. Toastmaster,” “Madame Table Topics Master” and so on. Why be so formal?
Besides showing courtesy and respect, there’s a practical reason. Longtime Gelfand member Norman Gaslowitz shared it at a recent meeting.
Addressing members by their titles also announces and draws everyone’s attention to the fact that you are now ready to speak and want their attention. Members and guests may be talking, writing or just not paying full attention as you start to speak. So . . .
Mr. Toastmaster (I’m ready, are you?), Fellow Toastmasters (I’m ready, are you?), Welcome guests (I’m ready are you?)
Speakers who wait until after their opening to address the audience are missing the opportunity to make sure everyone heard their opening words.