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A short and power packed script for Timer

We love it when a script manages to pack a lot of punch in a few words. Here is a script for the role of Timer by TM Shruti from Mumbai that has a lot in it – knowledge, humor, word play and role details. Have a look.

Role of Timer in Toastmasters
Role of Timer in Toastmasters

Benjamin Franklin said that “Time is money”. Stephen Hawking took his advice to heart and wrote the book “A brief history of time.” Indeed, it did make Hawking millions of money.

But in Toastmasters, time is equal to votes. That’s because if your speeches don’t fall within the allotted time limits, you are disqualified for voting. As a timer, it is my duty to let the speakers know their time limits while on stage. On that note, let me give you a brief history of time limits for various speeches in Toastmasters.

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

Thank You TM Shruti for that wonderful script.

For more scripts on the role of a Timer, check here.

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