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:
well, but, so, and you know.
Sounds may be: ah, um, or er.

As an Ah-Counter you will:

  • Request a copy of the Ah-Counter’s log from your Sergeant At Arms or print one out from the “Ah-Counter Resources” below.
  • 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.
  • During the evaluation portion of the meeting, report your observations when called upon.

Before the Meeting:

  • Download an Ah Counter Tally Sheet, and Agenda from the Sergeant at Arms.
  • Write down everyone’s names from the Agenda onto the Tally Sheet before the meeting so you can focus on their speech during.
  • Be sure you know how to properly pronounce everyone’s names for your report.
  • Be prepared to tally crutch words beginning from the first word of the meeting until the last.
  • Prepare an introduction for the beginning, and a report at the end.

During the Meeting:

  • Identify (tally) and record all filler and crutch words, and interjections including: and, so, but, ah, um, er, you know, like
  • Inappropriate fillers such as “alright”, “actually”, “I mean”, etc.
  • Repeated words or phrases (such as “They, they…” etc.), stumbles / glitches.
  • Do not tally during the Prepared Speeches, but account for everything else.
  • Account from the beginning to the end – i.e. from the time the Sergeant at Arms starts the meeting until the President closes it.
  • Most of these words can be used appropriately in sentences, and we only want to flag speakers when used as fillers, to unconsciously to connect phrases, or fill space while a speaker is thinking.
    Tally the sounds or words each person uses throughout the meeting.
  • When called on by the General Evaluator during the evaluation section, you may stand near your chair and give your report.
  • The responsibilities of the Ah-Counter conclude with the meeting.

Time Management:

Rehearse before the meeting, focusing on brevity in your introduction at the beginning, and your report at the end.

  • Intro: 30 seconds max
  • Keep report brief: 30-60 seconds max.

Ah-Counter Resources
Ah-Counter Script Log
Drop Those Crutches