As a recently new member of the public speaking club, Toastmasters International, I presented at our meeting this morning for the first time as the Table Topics Master. “What’s that?”, you may ask? As Table Topics Master, your role is to be the MC, or more like MQ (Master of Questions), so each club member and guest can practice impromptu public speaking. Table Topics Masters ask a question, select a fellow Toastmaster to stand up, answer the question, and speak for 1-2 minutes. While answering, the speaker must also use the word of the day, which we randomly select from a stack of vocabulary cards at the beginning of our meeting. Table Topics speakers who speak within the allotted time frame and use the word of the day then qualify to be voted as “Best Table Topics” speaker during the meeting. We have a lot of fun with these and it’s a great way to advance our vocabulary and abilities to speak on the spot.
Since the topics of bucket listing and experiencing all you can in a lifetime are areas I’m passionate about, I decided that as a novice Table Topics Master, I would ask everyone some fun, interesting, and hopefully thought provoking questions about their own bucket lists and life experiences. Here are the questions I had lined up:
- When was the last time you did something for the first time? And what was it?
- What are 1 or 2 things that you would like to do next that are (or would be) on your bucket list?
- What’s something new that you want to do, see, or experience this year?
- If you could travel anywhere that you haven’t been yet, where would it be and why?
- Which city or country that you have visited or lived in has left a long lasting impression on you, and how so?
- My boyfriend and I went on some incredible road trips over the last few years to visit some National Parks. To date, the most magnificent place I’ve been to and want to visit again is Zion National Park in Utah. What is the most beautiful place that you’ve ever seen?
- What’s the biggest adventure you’ve been on in your life thus far?
- At what moment in your life have you experienced the biggest rush of adrenaline?
- What has been your biggest accomplishment in life so far?
- If you could have any talent that you currently do not possess, what would it be?
- What has been one of your most memorable life experiences to date?
- If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
- What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
- What can you do today that you weren’t capable of a year ago?
- As a seasoned veteran when it comes to being a foodie, what are some bucket list worthy foods or dishes you haven’t tried yet, but want to?
- I have a “Why Not?” section on my bucket list that contains experiences such as mashing grapes at a winery with my feet, milking a cow, and as some of you already know, hanging out with a sloth. What’s something that you have already done or still want to do that some may find, odd, random, or unique?
- What would be the ultimate bucket list experience for you?
- If you had to teach something, what would it be?
- Which man made wonder would you like to visit some day (Great Pyramids, Colosseum, Taj Mahal, Machu Pichu, Great Wall, etc).
- If you could take anyone on a bucket list adventure with you, who would it be and what would you both do?
If you’re a current or prospective Toastmasters member and you’re looking for some table topics questions next time you’re up at the podium, hopefully these questions will be inspiring and useful. What are some other bucket list related questions you would ask someone?