10 Tips for Impromptu Speaking

At Club Awesome Toastmasters, we thoroughly enjoy impromptu speaking opportunities. Table Topics is the Toastmasters format for impromptu speaking, which entails giving a 1 to 2 minute speech immediately after being presented with a topic.

In the July edition of Toastmaster magazine, Christopher Cox shares 10 tips for presenting Table Topics:

  1. Don’t panic.
  2. Buy time.
  3. Go with the first idea that comes to mind.
  4. Express an opinion from the start.
  5. Structure your speech into 3 main points.
  6. To develop your argument, ask who, what, why, where, when, and how.
  7. Know when to stop.
  8. Prepare in advance.
  9. Leverage your own experiences.
  10. Be eccentric.

For additional details, and special tip number 11, be sure to see the full article: 10 Tips for Terrific Table Topics [1].

Club Awesome members regularly practice impromptu speaking skills over a meal during our Table Topics Breakfast and Dinner sessions, which occur monthly.

Our next Table Topics Breakfast will take place on July 21, 2017 in Coral Springs, FL, just after our regular meeting. Guests are welcome to join us for the meeting and breakfast. Contact us for more details.

[1] Cox, C. (2017, July). 10 tips for terrific table topics. Toastmaster, 21. https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine/magazine-issues/2017/july2017/tabletopics

Author: David F. Carr

Since I first served as Club President in 2012, I've been an area director, district social media director, and founding President of Online Presenters Toastmasters. I also run the WordPress for Toastmasters project, based on software originally developed for use at Club Awesome. Professionally, I am a writer and editor who spent years working for technology publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, and Internet World. I am the author of Social Collaboration for Dummies and have given keynote presentations at technology conferences in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm. I consult on editorial and digital projects through Carr Communications Inc.

One thought on “10 Tips for Impromptu Speaking”

  1. Table Topics helps prepare us for those real life moments when we are put in the spot. This can be at work or even in social situations. Come to a Club Awesome meeting to get more comfortable speaking off the cuff! We will challenge you and as a result, your skills will grow! Nice post, John.

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