Table Topics #1 – Public Speechifying 

 February 11, 2021

By  Oak Norton

public speaking table topics

About 25 years ago I joined a Toastmasters club for a few years. This is an organization where you practice writing and delivering short speeches, being critiqued and critiquing other speeches, and doing impromptu speeches someone assigns to you on the spot.

Not only was it a lot of fun, it was a valuable learning experience for me to develop public speaking skills with others who were very understanding and also working on their same set of skills. Dinner time is a great opportunity to do short impromptu speeches. Try this out and have some fun.

1) Pick someone to go first. Have them pick a number between 1 and the last number below. That’s their topic to speak on. Each person in turn picks a different number. If you run out of topics because you have a really large family, make up one on the spot till everyone’s had a turn.

2) Set a timer for 1 minute to start with. As you all get good at 1 minute speeches, which goes really fast, you can advance to 2 or 3 minutes. When there is 10 seconds left the person timing the speech should raise both hands with fingers extended to show they should wrap up the speech with a concluding statement.

3) It’s more fun when you take the topic seriously, even if it’s not a serious topic. That usually makes it funnier too.

4) Try to have an introduction, main body, and concluding statement so it’s more like a speech format should be even if the topic isn’t necessarily something you would give a speech on.


1) You are a live news reporter on scene where aliens have landed their UFO and are ordering tacos from a Taco truck.

2) Should you eat pizza with your hands or with a fork and knife?

3) If you only had 1 week left on Earth, what would you do?

4) What’s your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

5) What foods would be at your ideal picnic?

6) Why are cherries superior to watermelon?

7) You are in a school class and the teachers informs you it is your turn to present your speech on procrastination. You procrastinated till you forgot to do it. You must speak on the topic. Go.

8) Explain infinity without using the words eternity or forever.


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Oak Norton

Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.

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