Toastmasters Table Topics

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Toastmasters Table Topics

So tonight is another meeting of the Manassas Community Toastmasters, where we'll be trying something a little different. Usually we have the speakers go up and do their 5-7 minute presentations, then we have the table topics (where audience members are picked at random to give on the spot 1-2 minute speeches about any topic - such as "If you won $30 million, what would you do in the first week?", and "Who is the Greatest Living American?"). After a break, we then have the speech evaluators come up and give 2-3 minute talks on each of the earlier speeches. Everything is timed, and the whole group votes on the best speaker, the best table topics speaker, and the best speech evaluator for the evening.

Tonight we're doing a backwards meeting, which means that we're going to have the evaluators present before they hear the speakers... yeah, and this would be the first time that I've been picked to be an evaluator. How can you evaluate something that you've not heard I hear you cry? Easy, you make it up. Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm going to have fun with that. :) (Of course, the official evaluations will be done post-speech, and recorded in the manuals).


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