Usually I write about my Toastmasters meeting right when I get home, but this week I’m a day late. Also, I normally just talk about the word of the day but this week I’m going to talk about table topics, too. So without any further delay:
- The word of the day is ubiquitous, meaning existing or being everywhere at the same time, constantly. This was not a new word to me, as I studied Latin in high school, but it was good to be reminded of it.
Yesterday’s meeting also marked my first time as Table Topics master. Table topics is one of my favorite parts of Toastmasters meetings. Participants give short 1-2 minute impromptu speeches on the topics given by the Table Topics master.
I had a great time coming up with topics for the meeting. We had a historic 3 ice breaker meeting, so I kept with the theme of firsts. I asked, “what was a memorable first job you had (or talk about your first day at your current job).” Our member gave a great, speech about working as a pianist at a Korean church & having trouble knowing which verse they were on because of the language barrier. He ended up winning the table topic speech ribbon of the night. I posed the next question to a veteran whose actual icebreaker I had missed. I asked her to recall some of her icebreaker speech & to give it in a shorter version. The last question I posed was not on the topic of firsts, but rather about “on this day in history.” July 17 was the day the Romanovs were murdered. I’ve always had a fascination about them. It could just be because I watched Anastasia a few too many times growing up but I think its more than that (I’m also fascinated by her younger brother & all the precautions they had to take because of his hemophilia, by Rasputin, about Anastasia herself, and just all the glitz of being members of a royal family). The question actually asked was, “Is there a historical era that particularly fascinates you & why.”
So dear readers, I encourage you to use the word ubiquitous more often & perhaps urge you to leave a comment answering the table topics of the day.