St George Toastmasters
Club No 70/2982
Table Topics Strategies
Developed by Dorothy Clarke,
Strategy Number 1
|Point, reason, reason, reason, point||
You be the judge
|I agree (disagree,
dispute, am not sure) that basis of
As you can see, I have several good reasons for agreeing that ....
Strategy Number 2
|Point, reason, example, outcome||
What I would do next time
|I agree that basis
I believe this because ...
I once heard of a case where ....
This lead to the situation where ....
So you can see why I believe that if you want to .... then you should ....
Strategy Number 3
|Why What when where who how||
Why is there a need?
How often does it happen?
Where is it felt?
Who has the problem? Solution?
How do they do it? How do we get in touch with them?
|You may well
wonder why anyone would ever ....(the what of
Well, when you are faced with ...
Or One time I had to .....
Describe the setting (where it happened)
Describe any other people involved
Describe the way that the situation was resolved
Strategy Number 4
|Past Present Future||
Spring summer, fall, winter
Morning noon and night
grandfather's time, it was considered ....
Today, the matter is quite controversial (unusual, unconventional, strange, common) but I am sure that my grandchildren will ...
Picture if you will a turn of the century .... I see you smiling which cenrury was turning for you?
One last thought. Don't only answer your own assigned topic. Mentally answer other people's questions too, so that the strategies can be practised in a wide range of applications.
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