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When You Are The Timer

Honestly, being Timer is not as difficult as  comical member, John Creighton, DTM makes it appear.  In fact with less than three or four hours of training, you should have it down pat!

Seriously though, all you need to do is find out how many minutes each speaker will speak.  For 4-6 minute "Ice Breakers" you turn on the green light (or hold up the green card) at 4 minutes, yellow at 5 minutes and red at 6.

As far as the Table Topics, they are usually 1 to 2 minutes in length.  The Green light/card is displayed at one minute, yellow at a minute and a half and the red at 2 minutes.

For Evaluations, green is displayed at 2 minutes, yellow at 2 1/2, and red at 3 minutes.

At the beginning of the meeting you will be asked to describe what your duties are and how the timing device will be used. 

At different times throughout the meeting, the
Toastmaster, Table Topics Master and General Evaluator will ask you for the various time reports.  You will also report any speaker or evaluator that is disqualified if they speak for plus or minus 30 seconds of their required minimum and maximum time.  For Table Topics the speaker must be plus or minus 15 seconds of the prescribed time frame (1-2 minutes).

At most clubs, the timer will also be asked to count the ballots for the Best Speaker, Evaluator and Table Topics contestants.  During regular meetings, should a tie occur, the Timer may discretely make the tie-breaking decision.  During Speech contests, the Chief Judge usually casts the tie-breaking vote.


Get timing equipment from the Sergeant at Arms. Be sure you understand how to operate the stopwatch and signal device and make certain that timing equipment works.

♦ Get a blank Timer's Report from the Sergeant at Arms or download and print a report here, and bring it with you to the meeting.

Sit where the signal device can be seen easily by all.


Return the stopwatch and timing signal device to the Sergeant at Arms.

Give the completed timerís report to the Secretary for recording speech times in the minutes.