Toastmasters Table Topics Contest - Original Impromptu Speaking

Toastmasters Table Topics Contest - Original Impromptu Speaking

My humorous & impromptu Toastmasters Table Topics contest response. In a Table Topics Contest judges vote on your original response in an impromptu speaking question. Table Topics contests allow members to practice their communication skills under demanding conditions, view the efforts of skilled members of their and other clubs, and provide impromptu speaking skills for business meetings or dinner functions. The winner of the Table Topics Club Contest proceeds to an Area Table Topics Contest; the winner of the Area Contest goes on to the Division Table Topics Contest; the winner of the Division Contest goes on to the District Table Topics Contest. The Table Topics question for this club contest was: "If you could do anything dangerous just once, what would you do?" As another Toastmasters member told me, I did "a good job of thinking on my feet".

According to Wikipedia: "Table Topics" is an extemporaneous speaking exercise where the speaker speaks "off the cuff"; that is, the speaker responds to a question or topic that is not known beforehand. The Table Topics Master presents the topic, calls on an individual, and then that individual has 1 to 2 minutes to respond.

As for my club progress, I have to complete six more speeches out of two Advanced Communication manuals to earn the Advanced Communicator Bronze. I am concurrently working on completion of the Competent Leader manual. I received the Competent Communicator (CC) designation in January of 2010 and I am excited about the Advanced Communication series. My club is in Toastmasters District 55 in Austin, TX. If you are in Toastmasters International, please share any comments you have on your experiences, and feel free to add me as a friend.

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