Ah-Counter

Taking on this role improves observational and listening skills  

The purpose of the Ah-Counter is to note any overused words or filler sounds 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. As Ah-Counter you:

  • Request a copy of the Ah-Counter’s log from your sergeant at arms. If a log is not available, be prepared to take notes.
  • When introduced during the club meeting, explain the role of the Ah-Counter.
  • In the Ah-Counter’s log, record overlong pauses, overused words and filler sounds relied upon too often by all speakers. Examples include: and, but, so, you know, ah, um.
  • During the evaluation portion of the meeting, report your observations when called upon.

Ah-Counter Resources

Ah-Counter Script and Log

Clearly explain the Ah-Counter role and easily track filler words.

Counting on the Ah-Counter

The most effective functionaries go beyond “Gotcha!” in monitoring filler words and sounds.

Drop Those Crutches

Learn to let go of the ‘ahs,’ the ‘ums’ and other filler words.

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