Table Topics for Toastmasters

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					                       Table Topics for Toastmasters International

                                     By Frank Schwall

1. “Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson –
    What thing or things are you enthusiastic about in this coming year?
2. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemmingway – What book or books are
    you wanting to read this year?
3. “People never notice anything.” Holden Caulfield JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye – What
    are you going to do this year that people will notice?
4. In the movie Forrest Gump – Forrest is talking about a stock investment his partner Lt.
    Dan suggested Forrest says “Lt. Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company
    called Apple. So then I got a call from him saying we don’t have to worry about money
    no more and I said that’s good – one less thing.” What do you not have to worry about
    in 2012?
5. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Ralph Waldo
    Emerson – What kinds of things – hobbies, new approaches etc. are you going to
    experiment with this year?
6. “There is no such thing as bragging. You are either lying or telling the truth.” Al Oliver –
    what accomplishment or accomplishments are you going to be bragging/telling the
    truth about this year?
7. “You can observe a lot by watching.” Yogi Berra – What trends/people/bands/ are you
    going to be watching this year?
8. “Can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty year
    old habits.” Andre Gide (French author) – What twenty year old habits do you still have?
9. “One resolution I have made and try to keep is this. To rise above the little things.” John
    Burroughs (naturalist followed Thoreau) – What little things are you going to rise above
    this year?
10. “The difference between involvement and commitment is like a ham and eggs breakfast.
    The Chicken was involved but the pig was committed.” Unknown – What are you
    committed to this year?
11. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” Ingrid Bergman – What thing would you
    like to forget from 2011?
12. “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Dan Cook Washington DC sports writer - What in
    your life has been written off by others but is not over?

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