Toastmasters Contest Rules

Twice a year, Toastmasters turn their thoughts to contests. In September each club stages a Humorous Speech Contest and a Table Topics Contest with the club winners going on to compete in Area, Division and District competitions.

The organization required for these competitions can be quite daunting to newer members but it’s very important that […]

Table Topics – the debate

We had our Table Topics debate last night… and it rocked.

I was pretty depressed about it going into our meeting… I’d only had replies from two of our members and they’d both said “put me on whichever side you see fit”. They were just trying to make life easier for me but it rather […]

A different take on Table Topics

I am Table Topics Master at my Toastmasters club this week.

It’s a role I’ve done a dozen times before and the format is always the same: the Table Topics Master poses questions and invites members to come up and talk, spontaneously, on the topic for 1-2 minutes. Stuff like “my favorite vacation” or “how […]

Toastmasters tonight

I was supposed to be evaluating one of the prepared speeches but a couple of our speakers can’t make it so things have been changed around.

Instead I’m Table Topics Master. It’s an interesting role… you get to stand up and, to a certain extent, be the focus of attention… but on the other hand […]