Using quote and humor as a Timer

In our last blog, we saw how a Timer can effectively use quote from a famous personality to make his/her introduction speech power packed. Read it here for more context.

Here is another introduction for a Timer’s role that uses a quote from a French Mathematician and Philosopher. As a bonus, we have infused humor as well. Have a read.

Timer's Role in Toastmasters

The famous French philosopher and Mathematician Blaise Pascal once famously wrote “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”

There are two key takeaways here. Right off you know that Pascal was a genius. Not only did he preach the philosophy of using fewer words and the mathematics of lengths, he even practiced it by doing both of them using just 12 words.

But the more important takeaway is that even in 1657, more than three centuries back, Pascal knew how important it was to be precise as well as effective by saying things in short.

Here at Toastmasters, we follow this exact same philosophy, which is why we have a predefined time limit for each of our sections.

For the prepared speech section, the time allotted is 5 to 7 minutes. At 5 minutes I will flash the green card, at 6 the yellow and at 7 the red card.

For the Table Topic session the time allotted is 1 to 2 minutes. At 1 minute, I will flash the green card, at 1.5 the yellow and at 2 the red card.

And for the speech evaluations, the time limit is 2 to 3 minutes. At 2 minutes, I will flash the green card, at 2.5 the yellow and at 3 minutes the red card.

There is a grace period of 30 seconds after the red card is flashed each time to wrap up your speech.

I hope all the speakers strive to be within their allotted time limit. I will be back with my report towards the end of the meeting.

Thank You

Did you like that? Do you have another interesting quote that we can use to make an effective introduction for any of the roles. Let us know.


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