Table Topics Questions for Toastmasters


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?
  13. “It is all over but the shouting.” Rick Bragg – do you think the Republican Presidential Race is all over or does it remain to be seen who becomes the Republican nominee in 2012?
  14. “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield  to it.” Oscar Wilde – How did you deal with temptation on New Years eve?