TM Lisa from New York has beautifully explained importance of following the specified time limit in a Toastmasters meeting. Her views in this submission show that she understands the philosophy of an ideal Toastmasters meeting well. As she mentioned in her email, after being a Toastmaster for 8 years, she knows what she’s talking. Read her submission below.
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In Toastmasters, it is our endeavor to give every member an opportunity to speak. To achieve this in a span of 120 minutes, the onus is also upon us the members. One speaker taking an extra 2 minute may leave less room for one Table Topic Speaker. Every segment has therefore been allotted a pre calculated time limit and as the timer today, it’s my duty to alert you about the time intervals.
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 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 will come back with my report in the last session when called upon by the General Evaluator.
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Thank you so much TM Lisa for this wonderful submission.
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