Here is a simple introduction speech for your role as a timer with a reference every one can relate to. Check it out.
Have you ever wondered why public events are never on time? Be it your wedding or your company’s annual meet. From the venue not being ready, to guests arriving late to technical glitches – there can umpteen numbers of factors that may combine to delay events.
Another common reason in this list is big people with bigger mouths. We have all been in one of those events where a person who was allotted 15 minutes continued to talk for 30 minutes and then said “I am ready to take questions”. Needless to say, they turn off the audience, organisers and fellow speakers, irrespective of the quality of their speeches.
It is therefore very important that you stick to the time limits given to you. Which is why we here in Toastmasters have a pre-defined time limit for every session. As a timer, I will help you in following these limits.
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.
For more information on how to play the role of the Timer, read this article.