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An impromptu Timer’s sarcastic introduction speech

Has your VP Education ever asked you to take up a role at the last moment because the original role player couldn’t make it to the meeting? Most Toastmasters have been there and done that. TM Manish from Delhi is no exception. When his VP education asked him to take up the role of Timer, he performed it with some sarcasm. Have a look.

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It is said that a good public speaker uses interesting quotes in his speeches. But at this short notice, the only quote on time I could think of is this – “Time and tide waits for none.”  Check.

Having said that, it is indeed important to time our speeches in Toastmasters so that we don’t tide over other aspects of the meeting. That is why every meeting in Toastmasters has a Timer. As the Timer today, my role is to alert you about your time limits using these coloured flash cards.

For the prepared speeches, the time limit is 5 to 7 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, I will flash the green card, followed by yellow at 6 and red at the end of 7 minutes.

For the Table Topic Session, the time limit is 1 to 2 minutes. At the end of 1 minute, I will flash the green card, followed by yellow at 1.5 and red at the end of 2 minutes.

For the Speech Evaluations, the time limit is 2 to 3 minutes. At the end of 2 minutes, I will flash the green card, followed by yellow at 2.5 and red at the end of 3 minutes.

There is a grace time of 30 seconds after the red card is flashed each time to wrap up your speeches.

I will come back with my report towards the end of the meeting.

RELATED: How to present the Timer’s report?

Thank you so much TM Manish for this submission.

We here at mymeetingroles.com are creating a pool of scripts / ideas for various roles in Toastmasters. If you have any ideas, please share with us here or email us at hello@mymeetingroles.com

For more ideas to introduce yourself as the Timer, click here.

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