How to deliver a memorable Table Topics response

Remember this quote from Craig Harrison when responding to Table Topics questions: “Specific is terrific!” Embellish your answer with specific details and you’ll create a vivid picture for your audience.

Toastmaster Magazine September 2016 “Finding the Funny” by Craig Harrison

This Tip of the Week comes from Donne, Menlo Park Toastmasters member and Sergeant at Arms.

How to Switch Careers without Giving Up Your Seniority

  1. Leverage the halo effect. Recognize that if you’ve been successful in one field, others are likely to view you as being excellent all around and a great candidate in another field.
  2. Make use of your advantages. Take stock of the advantages you’ve built up over the years such as connections that can get you a foot in the door.
  3. Find opportunities where inexperience is a virtue such as companies looking for a major turnaround.

Dorie Clark, “Change Your Career Without Having to Start All Over Again”, Harvard Business Review, 2016.

This Tip of the Week comes from Adrian, Menlo Park Toastmasters member.

10 Steps To Effective Listening – PART 2

To make sure you practice the 10 steps outlined last week, try this listening exercise.

Listening Skills Exercise: Summarize, Summarize, Summarize!

For at least one week, at the end of every conversation in which information is exchanged, conclude with a summary statement. In conversations that result in agreements about future obligations or activities, summarizing will not only ensure accurate follow-through, it will feel perfectly natural. In conversations that do not include agreements, if summarizing feels awkward just explain that you are doing it as an exercise.

Dianne Schilling, “10 Steps to Effective Listening”, Forbes WomensMedia, 2012.

This Tip of the Week comes from Allison, Menlo Park Toastmasters member.

10 Steps To Effective Listening – PART 1

  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed.
  3. Keep an open mind.
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.” Unless asked.
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  8. Give the speaker regular feedback.
  9. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.

Dianne Schilling, “10 Steps to Effective Listening”, Forbes WomensMedia, 2012.

This Tip of the Week comes from Allison, Menlo Park Toastmasters member.

Gratitude

Did you know that gratitude has been scientifically proven to strengthen your immune system and make you happier and more optimistic, as well as less lonely and isolated?

  1. Keep a gratitude journal;
  2. Practice present moment awareness;
  3. Think bigger than yourself;
  4. Share the love with your family and friends; and
  5. Replace complaints with gratitude.

What are you grateful for today?

This Tip of the Week comes from Whitney, Menlo Park Toastmasters member.