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A Timer script inspired from the Grand Canyon

Here is a script for the role of a Timer by TM John from Chicago. This script is inspired from the Grand Canyon but it can be modified by anyone to suit a natural wonder of their country. A Toastmaster in India can tweak the same to create a Timer script inspired from the Himalayas. Have a look.

Did you know it took the Colorado River six million years to cut into the rocks and carve the Grand Canyon? That’s an awfully long time. Nature may have the privilege but in today’s world we have very limited time to cut through the clutter and get our message across. That is why every session in Toastmasters has a pre-defined time limit.

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 speakers adhere to the allotted time limits so that my report in the end of the meeting doesn’t carve out any of you.

Thank You TM John for this submission. If you have any such ideas for a role in Toastmasters, do let us know here.

For more ideas on scripts for the role of Timer, look here.


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