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A timer’s script on keeping it short

Here is a fantastic submission for the role of Timer by TM Sophia from Toronto. TM Sophia here reasons that while you may be a big talker, your audience may not necessarily be a big listener. Read her script below.

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Role of Timer
Role of Timer

Time is a fairly broad topic. I can talk about it from ten different angles and hog two hours while doing so. But none of you would like it, would you? The point is that while we can speak on any subject for hours on end, but the time our audience has is limited and their attention more so. This applies to our speakers and evaluators in Toastmasters as well. That is why we have a pre defined time limit for them and as the Timer today it is my role to alert you 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 Sophia for this submission.

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