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A Timer script for the “good times”

TM Oliver from New York has a great reason to remind why we need a Timer in Toastmaster’s meeting. Here is a script from him where he reminds us the good times we had with our friends. Have a look.

Do you remember a time when you were hanging out with your friends, glanced at your mobile and exclaimed “It’s midnight already!” Well, when you are having a good time, the hours seem to fly and in Toastmasters, we are forever having a good time. As a Timer therefore, my role is to keep a track of the minutes in today’s meeting so that the hours don’t fly. To achieve this, I will alert the speakers using 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 speakers adhere to the allotted time limits. I will present my report towards the end of the meeting.

Thank you TM Oliver for this submission.

If you have a script for any role in Toastmasters, do let us know here. For more script ideas to introduce your role as a Timer, look here.


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