Here is a brilliant analogy of a Toaster used to introduce your role as a timer. This creative submission is from TM Manish from Kolkata. Give a read to this delightful script.
Our kitchen toaster may look like a basic device tossing out toasts for breakfasts. But if we really think, it’s very smart. It keeps a good track of time and pops out the bread just when it’s ready.
Despite the similarity in their names, Toastmasters has nothing to do with toasters but my role as a timer may have some similarity. Just like burnt breads, a speaker speaking beyond allotted time is tossed away from voting. So like a toaster, I will make sure the speakers pop out of the stage in good time though use of these colored flash cards.
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 Toastmasters strive to not be burnt toasties. I will be back with my report towards the end of the meeting.
Thank you TM Manish for this wonderful submission. This script is a delightful read for any Toastmaster.
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