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A Timer script with a dialog and advice

TM Emily from London sure has a great mentor. His first words to her after joining toastmasters are still stuck in her mind. Luckily they also found a way into this script from her for the role of Timer. Have a look.

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How to do the role of Timer
How to do the role of Timer

When I joined Toastmasters, the first task my mentor assigned me was writing my ice breaker. And he had a single valuable advice – “Emily you have 6 minutes to deliver this speech. So at an average of 135 words a minute, you have to write a speech that’s 810 words long.” That advice underlined the importance of keeping time in Toastmasters. Of course that’s easy to follow while writing a speech on MS word but tough to keep track of while speaking. Coz if humans could count our words while uttering them, computers would have competition. To help out the speakers, every meeting has a timer. As the Timer today, my role is to alert the speakers of their time limits.

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 Emily for this submission.

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