Please refer to your Competent Communicator Manual to understand your role as a Toastmaster. Every functionary is described. You can also use this Ah Counter Guide to also prepare and guide you as the Ah Counter. When called upon by the Toastmaster to explain your role, say:
“Greetings Mr./Madam Toastmaster, Fellow Toastmasters, and Guests. The purpose of the “AH COUNTER” is to note words and sounds that are used as a “crutch” or “pause filler” by anyone who speaks. During the meeting I will listen for words AND COUNT that may be inappropriate expressions such as “well, so, you know.” Sounds may be “ah, um, er.” I will also note when a speaker repeats a word or phrase, such as “I, I” or “This means, this means.” This is known as a “double clutch.” At the end of the meeting, I will report the number of times that each speaker used these expressions.
Thank you Mr./Madam Toastmaster.”