It all about timing...
Speech timing is an important aspect of the Toastmasters. It teaches you to get to the point quickly and effectively. In our meetings, we use a street light type timing indicator that I found difficult to duplicate at home. So I did what any good developer would do, I wrote a program to simulate it!
How it works
The concept is very simple. Just enter in a requested speech time. The Color Timing section lets you know when the different color code will display in the body section of the form. To start and stop the timer, just click in the body section with your mouse (I found this to be easier than trying to click a button). The progress marque lets you know it's running. When you stop the timer, the time used displays in the bottom panel.
What are the colors for anyway?
In our club, you need to speak within 1 minute prior to you're requested time or up to 1 minute 30 seconds past your requested time. The green is to let you know you've met your minimum time... take a deep breath. The yellow is so you know you're at your requested time... great!, not too fast. The red it to let you know you're almost out of time... wrap it up! How about the black? Well, we don't have a black light in our meetings, but this is practice :-)
For the geek in you
This application was written in C# using the .NET Framework Version 2.0 in Visual Studio 2005. You can download the source code and modify it as you wish (pick your favorite open source license!)
If you have any questions drop me a note at email@example.com