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Do you have the time?
One of the skills Toastmasters
practice is expressing a thought within a specific time. As
timer you are responsible for monitoring time for each
meeting segment and each speaker. Youíll also operate the
timing signal, indicating to each speaker how long he or she
has been talking. Serving as timer is an excellent
opportunity to practice giving instructions and time
management Ė something we do every day.
Hereís how to succeed as timer:
- Before the meeting,
contact the Toastmaster and general evaluator to confirm
which members are scheduled program participants. Then
contact each speaker to confirm the time theyíll need
for their prepared speech.
- Youíll also need to write
an explanation of your duties, emphasizing timing rules
and how timing signals will be given. For the benefit of
guests and new members, be sure to use the clearest
possible language and rehearse your presentation.
- On meeting day, retrieve
the timing equipment from the sergeant at arms. Be sure
you understand how to operate the stopwatch and signal
device, make certain the timing equipment works and sit
where the signal device can be seen by all.
- The Toastmaster of the
meeting will usually call on you to explain the timing
rules and demonstrate the signal device. Stand by your
chair to do so and then be seated.
- Throughout the meeting,
listen carefully to each program participant and signal
them. Generally Table Topics speakers should be +/- 15
seconds of allowed time; prepared speakers must be +/-
30 seconds. However, these times may vary from club to
club. In addition, signal the chairman, Toastmaster and
Topicsmaster with red when they have reached their
allotted or agreed-upon time. Use the timerís report or
a blank piece of paper to record each participantís name
and time used.
- When youíre called to
report by the Topicsmaster, Toastmaster or general
evaluator, stand by your chair, announce the speakerís
name and the time taken. Mention those members who are
eligible for awards if your club issues awards.
- After the meeting, return
the stopwatch and timing signal device to the sergeant
at arms. Give the completed timerís report to the
secretary so he or she can record it in the minutes (if
this is done in your club).
Take on this role and the new
habits formed will serve you well in your private life and
your career. People appreciate a speaker, friend or employee
who is mindful of time frames and deadlines.