This week I was attending a Toastmasters club meeting. And guess what? Holidays, Ramdhan and host of other reasons; the participation was down to 6 Toastmasters. What should we do? Chat, exchange pleasantries and quit. Somehow decision was taken to attempt Table Topics and format would be as such
- Every members will attempt Table Topic for 5 minutes
- Speaker would be evaluated by every member between 1 – 2 minutes
- Finally, speaker will share his learning from the feedback.
- Speaker will remain on the stage/lectern till he has delivered his learning.
The participants agreed and the game began and ended, I reiterate ended because time flew by. Sooner it was time to recharge the 2 hours parking time.
My feedback is, in those two hours I received the maximum sticky learning and am certain others participants share the same feeling. Let me share my learning from the Table topics exercise
- Deliver Guerrilla opening and if possible a Guerilla closing ( An act or statement that will surprise the audience)
- Deliver your talk with energy and passion
- Attack the topic and don’t waiver if it’s a closed ended topic. Else you will miss the point.
- 5 minutes is a short time, so don’t beat around the bush to complement the time. Get to the point and then weave your story.
Every cloud has a silver lining and behind every cloud is the bright sun shine. I am sharing this incidence so other clubs can take a cue and if not Table Topic they can run a ditto with project evaluation.