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A Timer’s script for the baker in you

TM Komal from Mumbai draws a beautiful analogy of a baker in this script for a Timer’s role in Toastmasters. The word play and inherent humor makes it interesting and relatable. Have a look.

Role of Timer in Toastmasters
Role of Timer in Toastmasters

Do you know why every microwave has a timer in it? It’s because burnt cakes don’t fetch a lot of appreciation. And without the timer, chances of you burning your cake in a distracted world are very high.

The same logic holds true for a timer in Toastmasters as well. Without the timer, a speaker may continue rambling beyond the allotted time limit. And you may be surprised to know that people hate over speaking people a lot more than over baked cakes.

Therefore, as the timer today, I will help you in keeping your time so that you don’t find yourself being compared to burnt cakes. On that note, let me tell you the time limits for the different 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

Thank you TM Komal for this beautiful submission.

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