Table Topics Speaker

Taking on this role improves confidence and impromptu public speaking skills

Table Topics is a long-standing Toastmasters tradition intended to help members develop their ability to organize their thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic.

  • The Chairman will introduce the Table Topics Master, who will give a brief description of the Table Topics session and then call on respondents at random.
  • When asked to respond, stand next to your chair. Your response should last one to two minutes.

How to prepare for impromptu speaking

  • Read. You will be able to respond better if you’re knowledgeable about current events. Read major magazines and newspapers, and listen to newscasts.
  • Organise your thoughts. When you’re given your topic, pause to decide what the main point of your response will be. For example, if you’re asked to give your opinion about an issue, determine your viewpoint. Then support your viewpoint with two or three reasons.
  • Structure your thoughts. Like a prepared speech, an impromptu talk has an opening, body and conclusion.
  • Remain calm. Remember, your audience will think you are confident if you appear confident.

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