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A Timer script with a brilliant observation

TM Priyanka from Delhi makes an interesting observation in this script for the role of Timer. She mentions how most public speaker usually speak beyond their time limits only to apologise for doing so later. Take a look at her submission below.

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Role of Timer in Toastmasters
Role of Timer in Toastmasters

Have you noticed that most public speakers tend to speak beyond their allotted time? The same speakers later casually apologize to the audience for doing so before initiating a hasty question answer session. It would be way more professional if speakers just adhered to their time limits so that they have sufficient time left for interaction as well. In Toastmasters, we encourage our members to do exactly this. That is why every session has a Timer whose role is to alert speakers about their time intervals. As the Timer today, I will assist you in this.

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 Priyanka for this submission.

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