The Official Toastmasters International Members Group on Facebook is always filled with conversations started by and for members. Below are a few posts and comments that may help clubs across the world or spark some inspiration.
Snacks and Speeches
Accredited Speaker Paul Artale, DTM, of Genesee Toastmasters in Flint, Michigan, asked members a fun question:
“What is the most delicious snack you’ve ever had at a Toastmasters meeting?”
You might laugh, but it was beef jerky.
Stuffed fried tofu.
Harlina Indra, DTM
Kokis with chili sauce! Part of a game we played.
Yasangi Randeni, DTM
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Vanilla ice cream a member made while demonstrating how to do it and then serving it to us as part of his speech.
Susan Swope, DTM
Redwood City, California
Applause—fulfilling and calorie-free!
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
We once had homemade baklava.
Post Falls, Idaho
We used to meet at Lima Cricket Club at noon, so many of us had lunch there. My favorite: Peruvian chicken soup.
Table Topics® Tips
Looking for inspiration, Vanessa Hughes of Seymour Johnson Toastmasters in Goldsboro, North Carolina, asked,
“What are the best Table Topics questions you’ve heard?”
It was Victoria Day in Canada. The Table Topicsmaster at Early Risers Toastmasters Club asked me, “You are Queen Victoria and near the end of your reign. What are you most proud of?”
Stirling, United Kingdom
Bring in a bag of 15 pennies, each from a different year. For each speaker, read the year on one of the pennies and ask the speaker to give a Table Topics speech on something related to that year. It could be a story of something the speaker experienced that year. It could be a history lesson. Whatever the speaker wants to do.
Eldred Brown, DTM
What is your favorite sound?
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
At times in life we encounter brick walls. Tell us about a brick wall you overcame.
If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and how are you relevant?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Join the conversation! Search for the group on Facebook or use #talkingtoastmasters to share your thoughts and tips.