Bingo supplies can be quirky business. While visiting a customer’s bingo the other day, I noticed that the bingo caller was calling bingo on his own without the benefit of a timer. While this caller was experienced, and had a good feel for the bingo players, he was still varying his pace enough to be a problem.
Without a timer, this bingo caller would sometimes lose track and start to call too slowly. To which, bingo players would soon grumble, “Speed Up!”. Sometimes this bingo caller would accelerate the pace, causing bingo daubers in players’ hands to speed up in a flurry to get their numbers daubed.
Bingo players don’t like inconsistency. Variable calling speeds are going to annoy them at the least, or really upset them if they miss a bingo. Despite this bingo caller being solid in most respects, he was hurting his bingo with his lack of consistency. He needed to use a timer to regulate his call speed. Believe it or not, little things like this can cause a bingo to lose bingo players.
So, where does a bingo caller find a timer? Most bingo machines come equipped with timing devices which will set a steady pace for callers. If this is unavailable, a simple and inexpensive metronome will do the trick. Even a watch or a seconds hand on a clock is better than your bingo caller simply winging it on his own.
In my customer’s case, when we asked the bingo caller why he didn’t use the timer on his bingo equipment , he said he thought it was broken. Funny thing is the timer wasn’t broken. The bingo caller just didn’t know how to use it, and was too afraid to try. Once he was shown how it worked and how easy it was, he began calling the bingo numbers at a consistent pace. The bingo players were much happier with him as a result.