Role of the Timer


The Timer has the responsibility for timing Table Topics, prepared speeches, and individual speech evaluations.

The timers report should be delivered from a standing position near the Timers chair.
There are three places in the meeting when the Timers report is needed. These are:
- - after the Table Topics Session,
- - after the Prepared Speakers and
- - after the Evaluations.

During a contest, the timer does not give an oral report. A timers sheet is given to the chief judge.

At the present time Northwestern Toastmasters Club does NOT require Table Topics Speakers or Evaluators to meet the contest timing qualifications. Members are, however, encouraged to attempt to meet the timing requirements since this is a good way to become aware of speaking time.

Manual (Prepared) Speeches
If not listed in the program, the speaker or Tolastmast will inform the timer of the Target time.
A speaker will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute or greater than one minute of the target time.

The Green signal will be displayed one minute before the target time and remain displayed for one minute.
The Amber signal will be displayed at the target time and remain displayed for one minute.
The Red signal will be displayed at one minute past the target time and will remain displayed.

Table Topics Contest Speechs
Table Topics contest speeches shall be from one minute to two minutes.
A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute or more than two minutes 30 seconds.

The Green signal will be displayed at one minute and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
The Amber signal will be displayed at one minute 30 seconds and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
The Red signal will be displayed at two minutes and remain displayed until the speech is concluded.

Evaluation Contest Speeches
Evaluation contest speeches shall be from two to three minutes.
A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds.

The Green signal will be displayed at two minutes and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
The Amber signal will be displayed at two minutes and thirty seconds and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
The Red signal will be displayed at three minutes and remain displayed until the evaluation is concluded.

International and Humorous Contest Speeches
International and Humorous speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.

The Green signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
The Amber signal will be displayed at six minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
The Red signal will be displayed at seven minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.

Tall Tales Contest Speeches
Tall Tales speeches shall be from three to five minutes.
A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes 30 seconds or more than five minutes 30 seconds.

The Green signal will be displayed at three minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
The Amber signal will be displayed at four minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
The Red signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed until the speech is concluded.


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