Online Timekeeper Instructions
When online, the TImekeeper is still an important role in the meeting. However, the use of the traditional lights is replaced with using a coloured background in their video feed.
This means that the Toastmaster needs to check the speaker can see the screen of the timekeeper before the speech is started.
The timekeeper uses coloured backgrounds, which you can download from here. Right-click and save each box.
- White – for starting the time
- Green – for the minimum time
- Yellow – for the optimum time
- Red – for the maximum time
Timekeeper rules for physical Meetings
Before the meeting startsWhen you arrive, check that you have all the required equipment:
- A copy of the meeting agenda – check the timings are printed on it.
- A stopwatch (in the box), or you may prefer to use a stopwatch app on your phone.
- The signal lights
- A pen/pencil
- The frog – used in the Warm Up
During the meetingThe Toastmaster will ask you to introduce your role; please stand and explain the role briefly – no longer than 1 minute.
Timing is important to a well-run meeting because …During the Warm Up: time each participant, if the speaker hasn’t stopped after 15 seconds squeeze the frog. Listen carefully to the Warm Up introduction because the time limit might be different! Time each speech, evaluation, and topic, plus the topics and general evaluation. Use the lights to help the speaker keep to time (instructions are below). For the speeches, evaluations and topics: note down the time each person took as you will need to read this out when the Toastmaster asks for timings. When reporting the timings to the Toastmaster be succinct and to the point. Stand and read the list of names and times: “Speaker X – 4:53, Speaker Y – 6:11, Speaker Z – 7:29…”. Then say whether all speakers are within time and thus eligible for the vote. If anyone is 30 seconds under or 30 seconds over the given time, they are not eligible for the vote. For example, with a 5-7-minute speech they need to be between 4mins 30s and 7mins 30s to be eligible. If you need help, ask a fellow club member. Enjoy yourself, have fun and be professional; learn by your mistakes, we’ve all made them and that is why Toastmasters is such a supportive environment.
… Speaking over your allotted time takes time away from other speakers …
… On the printed agenda you’ll find three numbers next to each speaking part. These are the minimum, the optimal and the maximum time for this role …
… To help the speaker these times are indicated with the green, yellow and red lights …… In the Warm Up you have only 15 seconds … sit down or you’ll hear the frog!