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A simple script for timer from a Toastmaster

We love it when someone uses a quote from a scientist to prepare their scripts for any role. Toastmaster Ankit from Kolkata has submitted this wonderful script for the role of a timer with a quote from Albert Einstein. There couldn’t have been a better choice than the physicist himself to describe time. Have a look.

Role of Timer in Toastmasters
Role of Timer in Toastmasters

Albert Einstein had once said “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” And he explained relativity to the whole world. When you know your subject to its core, you don’t need elaborate words and time to express it to another person.

This is the exact idea followed in Toastmasters. Hence every speaker is allotted a fixed time to speak his thoughts, ideas or even evaluations to the entire club. As a timer, my role is to let the speaker know his time limits while on stage.

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

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