Fresh New Table Topics Twist

Fresh and New Table Topics Twist

Jennifer Kaite - Larkin

By Jennifer Kaite – Larkin Leaders – Buffalo, NY

This being my first time doing the table topics role I wanted to do something that everyone would enjoy.

I’m honestly not sure where the idea came from but I know it took some time to develop. It started with quotes and what they meant to the person speaking, which turned into movie quotes, which turned into the movie character that said them, which turned into what would you ask this movie character if you could, which turned into my final table topic idea.

I decided to combined the usual table topic questions from the toastmaster website with the movie character idea. How would these characters answer table topics?

So, I created a list of famous movie quotes and the character that said them and then printed out a list of traditional table topic questions and had each person randomly pick one from the character’s pile and one form the questions pile.

There was also a “bonus” challenge to see if they could include the famous movie quote in their speech. They would then have to give their Table Topic as the character, taking a brief moment to think about the movie and personality of each person.

I think at the end of the day this table topic makes the idea of speaking a little less scary. After a few brave volunteers it shrinks the fear of presenting. I also think it may be easier for many shy speakers to go up there and be someone other than themselves for a moment.

Here is an Example:

  • Movie Character: Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
    • Bonus Point if used: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”
  • Question: What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?

Potential answer (in character accent): When someone doesn’t believe in something I do… I make them an offer they can’t refuse and after that, they start to believe what I believe.

After each presenter is finished, ask the audience if they can guess who the character is? It will make for a very interesting, enjoyable and humorous table topics session.

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