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======== 101 Ideas for Great Table Topics ========
Compiled by Mark LaVergne, DTM, Past International Director of Toastmasters International Phone: 718-457-8390; Email: MarkLaVergne@aol.com Address: 38-11 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11105 Updated: May 2006 – Background and Acknowledgements on Page 14

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------==> TABLE TOPIC IDEA #1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Holiday Themes: We are blessed with a wonderful set of holidays in this society. When looking for Table Topic theme ideas, begin by looking at these holidays as sources for theme-based questions. Please find below a partial list of possible themes, sorted roughly by calendar order (January-to-December): --- New Year’s Day --- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday --- Chinese New Year (date varies by year, depending on Chinese Lunar calendar) --- Ramadan (date varies by year, depending on religious calendar) --- African American History Month --- Valentine’s Day --- U.S. President’s Day --- St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) --- Women’s History Month --- Passover (date varies by year, depending on religious calendar) --- Easter (date varies by year, depending on religious calendar) --- Spring is Here (March 21) --- April Fools --- Tax Burden Day – April 15th --- Earth Day --- Cinco de Mayo --- Mother’s Day --- Memorial Day --- Flag Day --- Father’s Day --- Summer is Here (June 21) --- Independence Day --- “Dog Days” of August --- Labor Day --- 9/11 Commemoration (not a “holiday” by any imagination, but a day to remember) --- Autumn Is Here (September 21) --- Columbus Day --- Halloween --- Election Day --- Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) --- Thanksgiving --- Diwali (date varies by year, depending on religious calendar) --- Winter Is Here (December 21) --- Hanukkah (date varies by year, depending on religious calendar) --- Christmas [NOTE: The above list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive, but is meant only as a starting point. Add any holidays not mentioned here to your own list.] ==> TABLE TOPIC IDEA #2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Add-the-Caption: Interesting pictures are selected from magazines, and the Table Topics Master removes captions or any other descriptive text. Each speaker picks one at random and discusses what is going on in the picture, e.g., a man is sitting at a desk reading, while another person is looking out the window.

101 Ideas for Great Table Topics – Compiled by Mark LaVergne, DTM, Past International Director ---------- 1

==> TABLE TOPIC IDEA #3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Grab Bag: Bring a lunch bag to the meeting containing various objects such as a paper clip, a staple remover, a button, a bookmark, a charge card, a pocket knife, a thimble, etc. Each speaker reaches into the bag and selects an object without seeing it. They then speak for two minutes about the object. You could also ask the speaker to sell the item to the group. ==> TABLE TOPIC IDEA #4 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------Reverse Meetings: Let me suggest the Table Topics style I have seen at "Reverse Toastmaster" meetings (or "Fun Nights") where the Table Topics respondents first provides an answer and then the Table topics Master has to come up with the question!!! [Similarly, throughout the meeting, everything else is done in “reverse” style: the Evaluators deliver the evaluations before the speech are delivered; etc., etc.] -- Contributed by Dennis Fokas, DTM, former Area Governor and Division Speech Contest Champion (District 46) ==> TABLE TOPIC IDEA #5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------“Out of this World” News: Take interesting articles from the weekly tabloids (Weekly World News or National...
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