A hallmark of effective speakers is the ability to express themselves within a specific amount of time. Members rely on the timer to pace speeches and practice adhering to a time frame. The timer is also responsible for tracking every part of the meeting agenda.

To fulfil the role of the timer, you must know each presenter’s speech length. In Pathways, speeches range in length from a short report of two to three minutes to a much longer speech of up to 20 minutes. It is the timer’s responsibility to confirm the length of the speeches being presented before the start of each meeting.

The Toastmaster of the meeting will call on you to explain the timing rules at the start of the meeting. Be clear and concise as you describe your duties and report times to the club. The timer’s role is fundamental to the success of every meeting.

Prior to the Meeting

  • Confirm members who are scheduled to participate with the Toastmaster and/or the General Evaluator.
  • Confirm the time allotted to each prepared speech with all speakers. Write your explanation of timing in the clearest possible language and rehearse it.
  • For the benefit of guests, be sure to emphasise timing rules and how timing signals are given.

Upon Arrival at the Meeting

  • Collect timing equipment (stopwatch and signal device) from the Sergeant at Arms. Check that the timing equipment is working properly and that you are comfortable with its use.
  • Choose a seat where the signal device can be seen easily by everyone.

During the Meeting

  • When introduced, explain the timing rules and demonstrate the signal device.
  • Throughout the meeting, listen carefully to each participating member and signal speakers at the appropriate times, using the appropriate methods.
        • In-Person
              • For speeches use the green, orange and red lights, or timing cards.
              • For Tabletopics use the bell.
        • On-line
              • For speeches use the green, orange and red Zoom backgrounds or appropriately colours cards in front of the camera.
              • For Tabletopics use the red Zoom background or a red card/item, held in front of the camera.
  • Record each participant’s name and the exact time they completed speech. When called to report by the Toastmaster, and/or General Evaluator, you may stand near your seat to announce each speaker’s name and the duration of their speech.

After the Meeting

  • Return the timing equipment to the Sergeant at Arms.