Parramatta Toastmasters Club

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Timer

Purpose   Tick  The timer helps people speak to their allotted time slot, and so keeps the meeting moving at a snappy pace. It ensures the meeting finishes on time, and that everyone gets a chance to speak.
     
Before the meeting begins  Tick  Ensure the small timer works correctly. If it does not (eg flat batteries or broken bulb) you can use the old wooden timer.
Tick At our Club , it is traditional that the old wooden timer is placed in the back corner to the left of the Chairman. The buzzer on the old timer is used in conjunction with the lights from the new timing device.
  Tick Familiarise yourself with the timing requirements of the various speeches, and how to use the stop watch. The times when lights or the buzzer should be operated are detailed on the back panel of the wooden timer
     
What to do during your assignment Tick  Work the lights according to the instructions on the wooden timer. Apart from Table Topics, the usual pattern involves green and orange warning lights as the time limit approaches, and the red light on the time limit. Once the red light goes on, it stays on until the speaker finishes. Sound the buzzer to signal 30 seconds overtime. but note that we do not buzz first-time Ice breakers.
Tick  When the time for the business session has elapsed, stand up to attract the attention of the Chairman. When doing this, don't interrupt a speaker. Only stand to announce that the time has elapsed when there is a break in proceedings.
Tick Keep a record of people's times.
  Tick When presenting a report at the end of the night, avoid reading out all the times on your list. You won't have time! Make it an exception report, noting chief offenders or very good performers.
  Tick An exception to the above rule is that it is customary to read out the times of all prepared speeches.
  Tick  If the meeting is running close to or overtime, make your report very concise to indicate your regard for time.
  Tick Hand back to the person who called you to the front, either the General Evaluator or the Chairman.
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