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?