TM John from London is a newbie in Toastmasters. When he inquired from the club VP Membership what Toastmasters is all about, she replied in just two words – “Leadership” & “Public speaking.” We checked and found three words there but that’s not the main point. TM John framed the introduction speech for his first role in his club on the basis of this. Read his script below.
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We sell the idea of Toastmasters on its two main pillars – Public Speaking & Leadership. And in both these skills, the one element that plays a very vital role is Time. A leader who doesn’t respect time is not likely to achieve his goals any sooner. On the other hand, a public speaker who doesn’t respect his audience’s time is sooner or later not going to have any audience to speak to. In Toastmasters, we therefore instil a sense of time in our members by having a dedicated Timer in each session whose role is to alert the speakers of their time limits. Today, I will play this role 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 John for this submission.
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