TM Sofia has penned her emotions in this script for the role of Timer. As she confessed, it was an acute sense of disappointment when a friend recently showed up late and had the audacity to appear unapologetic that prompted this script. Read her submission below.
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Haven’t we all experienced intense anger when someone disrespects our time? An extreme sense of frustration, irritation perhaps bordering on the level of exasperation. Now imagine a public speaker or a leader doing the same – he has the potential to piss off hundreds if not thousands of people by one single act of delay. Certainly not the best situation to be in. In Toastmasters, we encourage our club members to be on time every time they are on stage. This is achieved through a dedicated timer in every meeting. As the Timer today, I will 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 Sofia for this submission.
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