How can the Two Minute Turtle help you to speak?
1) Practicing for a pitch or presentation. Often 2 minutes is enough. Visual cues at each quarter of the talk, helps pace the talk.
2) Facilitating meetings. A visual timer helps the facilitator stick to an agenda while allowing participation. The Two Minute Turtle timer neutralizes the cut-off too so it's not a person but the Turtle telling when it's time.
3) Learning a new language. Try talking straight for 2 minutes in that language with someone.
Why use a Two Minute Turtle when you have a phone or a clock to keep time?
1) It's colors work well for visual learners.
2) It's quick and easy -just a press of a button, no downloading or setting times.
3) It's fun-engaging and playful with the quiet countdown.
4) It works--people respond to the quarterly visual cues and no one has to be the "bad guy" reminding someone their time is up.
Breaking the 2 minutes into 4 even parts helps a speaker to pace herself. The Two Minute Turtle timer takes the responsibility off of the instructor or facilitator and gives it to the participants-each one is using and following the same colorful lights. Bring a Two Minute Turtle timer to your next meeting or classroom or pitch to help you pace yourself and engage the group.