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A Timer script on short attention spans

TM Oliver from Chicago brings out an important reason why we should speak our thoughts effectively in the short time allotted to us. Read his script below.

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Role of Timer
Role of Timer

The average attention span of a human is going down considerably. Scientists now compare our attention span with animals and sea creatures like gold fish. If people around us have short attention spans, it is important that we make best use of the short time they allot to us so that we convey our ideas and messages effectively.

In Toastmasters, we practice this by allotting each speaker a specified time limit. As the Timer today, my duty is to alert the speakers of these time limits using these colored 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.

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Thank you so much TM Oliver for this submission.

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