Below are some important factors to consider when you are Timer:
1. Locate the timing cards so that Speakers at the lectern can see the cards easily.
2. Be sure you know how the timing cards work. This is essential. The tools necessary are: a watch with second hand, timing lights (or colored cue cards), and a means of recording the actual times spoken for each speech, table topic and evaluation. You will be asked to report whether the table topic candidates, speakers and evaluators have qualified after each section of the meeting.
The normal timing criteria is:
Speaker qualifies at 4:30 minutes
Green light at 5 minutes
Yellow light at 6 minutes
Red light at 7 minutes (leave light on)
Disqualifies at 7:31 minutes
Evaluator qualifies at 1:30 minutes
Green light at 2 minutes
Yellow light at 2:30 minutes
Red light at 3:00 minutes (leave light on)
Disqualifies at 3:31 minutes
TABLE TOPICS: 1-2 minutes
Green light at 60 seconds
Yellow light at 1:30 minutes
Red light at 2:00 minutes (leave light on)
Disqualifies at 2:31 minutes
3. Record times spoken for each person timed.
4. Report times verbally when so directed by the General Evaluator. The appropriate way in which to report those that qualified versus those that did not is to only mention those that did qualify. You don’t have to call attention to those who did not qualify; the audience will figure it out for themselves.