Anybody who’s ever taken a public speaking class, in high school or college, remembers the strict time considerations that were placed on speech assignments. I remember mine, at City College of San Francisco, where the instructor would sit in the back corner of the room with a stopwatch around his neck. At the beginning of every speech he would start the timer, and any deviation from the assigned time of the speech would cost you serious points. I believe in my class it was a full grade reduction if you under or overshot the target by something like 30 seconds or a minute.
After I finished developing FlexTime, it occurred to me that it would have been the perfect tool to practice my public speaking assignments. By building a FlexTime routine comprised of different “activities” for each of the note cards comprising a speech, you could fine-tune the timing of a speech down to each specific topic and point. FlexTime text cues would make perfect reminders that it’s time to move on to the next topic. Each time you practiced the speech, immediate feedback from FlexTime would let you know whether you were getting more or less on target for the ideal timing.
It’s been years since I’ve given a formal speech in any context, so I haven’t had a chance to put this particular use case to the test. Geoff Pado is a young Mac software developer who also happens to be taking his high school speech class this year. Faced with a speech that needed to be at least 5:50 but no longer than 6:10, he decided to put FlexTime to the test. The results were glorious, as he describes being able to hit the target with very little practice. That’s a very tight window of time, and I’m sure most of his classmates weren’t nearly as successful at meeting the requirement.
Another weird success story for FlexTime!