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What is "Table Topics"?

What is "Table Topics"?

Table Topics SpeakerTable Topics is fun! Some may find it terrifying in the beginning. Basically, it calls on members and even some guests, if they are willing, to present a one to two minute impromptu speech on a subject not known to you until the moment you get up to speak! A member of the club assigned to be the Table Topics Master will prepare a few impromptu topics and call upon members of the audience to stand up and speak on the topic.

Topics might include current events, or philosophical types of questions, or even wacky questions that most often lead to very humourous presentations. Many clubs require you to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth … but not at Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters.

We encourage you to stretch your imagination. If you don’t like the topic you are given or immediately draw a blank, don’t be afraid to switch the topic to one that you are more comfortable speaking about. From veteran Toastmaster and long-time Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmaster on the subject of Table Topics, Rae Stonehouse DTM … “Table Topics has allowed me to become an expert on many subjects that I know absolutely nothing about!”

What is the value in learning to answer Table Topics?

Table Topics are questions that you don’t have any advanced warning about. Life is full of such situations. When you apply for a job, you are asked a series of questions. Having practiced Table Topics at a Flying Solo Toastmasters club meeting will help give you an edge over other applicants for the job that you are interviewing for. However, if you happen to be in a court of law and the judge’s assistant asks you “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth …”, this would probably not be a good time to change the topic or to stretch your imagination.

Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters allows you up to two minutes and fifteen seconds to expound upon your thoughts. If you are still speaking after that time, we will ding a bell and applaud you. This is your clue to the fact that you went a little too long. We also have a Table Topics Evaluator that will provide you with some constructive feedback to help you the next time that you stand to respond to a question.

Here is a quick Table Topics style question to get you thinking. “What prevents you from joining Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters and starting your own personal journey of self-development?

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