Speaking off the cuff

Have you ever been asked for your opinion about something, only to have your mind go blank? Have you given your opinion, but it was so disorganized that the point you were trying to make was lost?

Toastmasters hones these skills at every meeting with Table Topics. There are as many table topics as there are conversations. They can range for serious political or spiritual discussions, to humorous stories, to personal statements. These are generally open ended questions like

  • My favorite sports memory is …
  • This weekend I will …
  • I was unprepared for …

Although many of these topics can be light-hearted, it offers everyone a chance to speak as Table Topics are usually only one to two minutes long. These skills can be directly transferred to your career in your “elevator pitch” for a new role or persuasion skills in your next meeting.

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