- Table Topic speakers are given 1 minute with the buzzer as a 'wind-up' signal.
- For prepared 5-7 minute speakers, operate green light at 5 minutes, amber light at 6 minutes and red light at 7 minutes, each light being left on for 1 minute except the red light which remains on until the speaker has finished.
- Adjust times of lights if the Toastmaster nominates a different length for a speech, such that the red light is given at the end of the allocated time, the usual pattern involves green and orange warning lights as the time limit approaches, and the red light on the time limit. Once the red light goes on, it stays on until the speaker finishes.
Keep a record of people’s times. When presenting a report at the end of the night, avoid reading out all the times on your list. You won’t have time! Make it an exception report, noting chief offenders or very good performers. It is customary to read out the times of all prepared speeches.