Did you know that Toastmasters is a 96 year old organization (as on date) present in almost 143 countries of the world? This is a definite proof that the members have gained immense value during this time to give the organisation such a successful run. Lets us this glorious history to introduce the role of a Timer.
One truth everyone would agree to is that Toastmasters is a very professional organization that provides immense value addition to its members. We can step in to any meeting anywhere across the world and find ourselves in a familiar environment. It is only this professional set up that has enabled Toastmasters to run for almost 96 years across 143 countries. And one of the hallmarks of being professional is to be on time – every time. At Toastmasters, we commit to this professional trait by having a dedicated timer in every meeting. Today, I am playing the role of a Timer and as a Timer, my duty is to make sure you are aware of the time limits during different sessions.
For the prepared speech session, 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.