TM Alex from New York has used a wonderful personal experience here to show why the role of Timer in Toastmasters is extremely vital. His story convinces you to be mindful of the flags raised in a Toastmasters meeting to become a great speaker. Read his submission below.
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The other day I was excited about a conference where an industry veteran was supposed to deliver a key note address. However, soon after assuming the stage, his prolonged deliberation on minor topics convinced me that he would overshoot his allotted time. And he did. To my surprise, the next speaker, a young guy with limited experience turned out to acutely aware of the approaching lunch hour and adjusted this speech wonderfully to deliver a short but impactful message. Fellow Toastmasters, that to me is great public speaking.
In Toastmasters, we train our members to be watchful of their time limits and as the timer today, it’s my role to alert them about the same.
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 Alex for this submission.
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