Ask Me Anything

5/5/20

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Our question of the day, answered as part of introductions at the beginning of the meeting was: What is your favorite question to start a conversation with someone? Here are some of the answers:

  • What do you like to do on the weekend?
  • Where’s your favorite place to go hiking?
  • I usually feel a bit quiet and awkward so I just wait for others to begin a conversation.
  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What did you get to do today?
  • In a nicer rway, I basically ask: Why are you here at [wherever the setting…. work meeting, social event, airplane, etc]

Diana led our meeting tonight with a fun theme called Ask Me Anything. Toastmasters occasionally use this theme to 1) provide opportunity for the Toastmaster to practice impromptu speaking and answer questions from the attendees, and, 2) provide a more casual theme which feels a little more personal and like a “get to know” you theme.

We did not have a prepared speech during this meeting so we modified the agenda a bit to do an extended round of Table Topics to attendees using the same questions used for the theme.

In preparation for the meeting, Diana requested questions from attendees ahead of time using an online form and received the following questions. Through the course of the meeting, she answered these questions and also posed the questions to various attendees as Table Topics questions.

  • What is the lamest superpower?
  • What are some of your favorite foods?
  • Where have you traveled to that you consider to be “off the beaten path?”
  • What is a favorite job you have held?
  • What is something surprising you would tell your younger self from 10 years ago, about what you are like now?
  • What is the best superpower?
  • What is your favorite outdoor sport?
  • Why did you join TM, and what have you gotten out of it?
  • What is the strangest and/or scariest thing that happened to you while traveling?
  • Sunrises or sunsets, and why?
  • What is an example of a good interview question?
  • If you could do anything in the world, what would that be?
  • How do you think the Coronavirus may end?

Molly led our debate with an important topic, and two assigned teams argued whether or not face masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Debate is a fun way to practice speaking on topics without preparing and in some cases attendees have to defend a position that they may not personally support. This activity often makes for an entertaining speaking event.

We had 9 attendees with 1 guest. Thank you all for attending!