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gureilaThis 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

  1. Every members will attempt Table Topic for  5 minutes
  2. Speaker would be evaluated by every member between 1 – 2 minutes
  3. Finally,  speaker will share his learning from the feedback.
  4. 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

  1. Deliver Guerrilla opening and if possible a Guerilla closing ( An act or statement that will surprise the audience)
  2. Deliver your talk with energy and passion
  3. Attack the topic and don’t waiver if it’s a closed ended topic.  Else you will miss the point.
  4. 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.



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2 Responses to “Guerrilla Table Topics”

  • Thanks Vinod, I have forwarded this blog to our Highway Toastmasters Table Topics Competitors to help them prepare for the competition. Margy

  • Aref Dajani:

    You can have a wonderful meeting with six members with no need for an all-Table Topics meeting. True story: as LGET, I was recruiting Area Governors. A potential AG’s home club was struggling. I arrived at the club to find the prospective AG, one additional member, a guest, the Club Coach, and me. Four members plus one guest.

    Through my encouragement, the four Toastmasters gave coached impromptu coaching for the guest to deliver his Icebreaker speech at that very meeting. He did a wonderful job and joined on the spot. That night, the prospective AG said yes to me. Woo hoo!

    One year later…the AG ran for and was elected Division Governor…and that guest ran for and was elected Club President…

    …after a club meeting with four members and a guest. You’ve just gotta be creative! 🙂

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