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Members' Forum September 2021

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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?”

 

Beef jerkyBeef jerky

You might laugh, but it was beef jerky.

John Morrow

Lakeland, Florida

 

Stuffed fried tofu.

Harlina Indra, DTM

Depok, Indonesia

 

Sri Lankan KokiKokis

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!

Lynne Harris

Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia

 

Piece of baklavaBaklava

We once had homemade baklava.

Frank Briggs

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.

Pilar Cama

Lima, Peru

 


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?”

Margaret Bygrave

Stirling, United Kingdom

 

Pile of pennies

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

Portland, Oregon

 

What is your favorite sound?

Michelle Willemse

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

 

At times in life we encounter brick walls. Tell us about a brick wall you overcame.

Jim Squires

Glendive, Montana

 

If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and how are you relevant?

Karyn Silenzi

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Join the conversation! Search for the group on Facebook or use #talkingtoastmasters to share your thoughts and tips.


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