How to Time at North Dakota State Speech

The season has passed. Speech class is almost over, and only the best participants have made it. Maybe you haven't and you still want to go, or you just want something to do. Either way, the easiest method to go to North Dakota State Speech is simply to time.

Steps

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    Talk to your English teacher or speech coach. Ask if you can go, or if they need an extra timer.
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    If they have accepted, prepare for State. Get a stopwatch, time cards, some money, and pencil and paper.
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    When the time comes, join your speech classmates. You will be driven to the school hosting ND State Speech.
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    Once there, seek direction from your teacher/coach. In most cases, the timers will be sent to the meeting along with the judges. You will be assigned to a judge. Introduce yourself.
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    Get a schedule. Keep track of your judge's times and rooms. If you need to, find the rooms in advance to prevent getting mixed up. Seek out your judge before the round starts.
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    When timing, sit next to your assigned judge. When the speaker starts, hit the start button on the timer. During the speech, hold up the time cards once certain times are reached. For example: if they have 3 minutes left, hold up the 3 card. 2 minutes, 2, 1 minute, 1. Once they are done, hit the stop button and record the time. Once the judge is done marking the ballot, tell him/her the time.

Tips

  • Stick to your judge.
  • Dress nicely.
  • Be respectful during the presentations.
  • Once the 2nd rounds are over, you will be finished. Wait for your judge to dismiss you. Feel free to buy a lunch and/or go see the finals.
  • If you do not have a stopwatch or time cards, they will be provided at the judges' meeting. Be sure to turn them in once you are finished.
  • Timers must be 13-17 years of age.
  • Make sure the speaker sees the time cards when you raise them.

Warnings

  • You will get little downtime, as the rounds vary in time.
  • You will spend a lot of time sitting, as there are many speakers in one round.
  • Do not talk while speakers are presenting.
  • Turn off your cell phone or any other electronic device before rounds.
  • Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable.
  • Do not enter/leave a room while a speaker is presenting. Wait until they have finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Stopwatch
  • Time cards
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Nice clothes

Article Info

Categories: Public Speaking