When you are the Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD) finding the right theme can be a challenge. You have to engage the audience for some time and choosing any random topic may spell disaster. The earliest signs of disaster appear when you don’t find sufficient material to last through the entire session.
Here is a simple theme that is flexible and can be easily modified as per your choices. Have a look.
“Words work wonders”
Hello Everyone. “I am your captain today and I will lead you all to victory.” Yes I know we are in no ship but words like these do propel something within you don’t they? Has it ever so happened to you that you come across some words – written or spoken and they instantly strike some similar chord within you compelling you to think that these words were penned down just for you? Well today’s theme is regarding a collection of certain such words that over the last few years have struck a chord with me.
But ship or no ship, I assure you I will lead you all to victory today. Because every time you are in a Toastmaster’s session, it’s a small victory in itself. Don’t you all agree?
On that note, let me explain how a toastmaster’s session is conducted. Any Toastmaster’s meeting is divided into three parts. The first part consists of prepared speeches where members prepare in advance for a 5 to 7 minute speech, get it mentored and deliver the same. The second part is the fun filled Table Topic session where any one from the audience can come up and give a 1 to 2 minute speech on a topic given by the Table Topic Master. And the third part is the most important evaluation section where our GE or General Evaluator for the day will give a report on the entire meeting today. Having said that, let me invite on the stage our GE for the day – TM Name. Can we have a big round of applause everyone please?
After the General Evaluator is done explaining his role, you may continue with the theme.
“May the odds be ever in your favor.” Can anybody retrace these words to its origin? Yes. The famous movie Hunger Games. To those who haven’t seen the movie – it’s about a fictional country where every year 12 boy and 12 girl are chosen by lottery to participate in a televised death match called the Hunger Games. Since it’s by lottery, hence the words – “May the odds be ever in your favor” are repeated throughout the movie. These words stuck with me for a couple of years for no reason. I always thought it was a cruel thing for the odds to be in your favor because in the movie, it meant you had to participate in a death race. But sometime back I realized, if taken out of the context of the movie and applied to the real world – it can be actually a good thing to have the odds in your favor. If you are one among the many chosen for something, a special assignment, a performance or even a role in Toastmasters – doesn’t it make you among the lucky ones who have a chance to grow. At least I think it that ways. But good for us, in Toastmasters, you can always choose to have the odds in your favor as our prepared speakers have done today. Our first prepared speech today is by TM Name but before I invite her to stage today, may I ask her speech evaluator TM Name to read out the speech objectives.
You may continue inviting the second and third prepared speakers as per agenda in succession. Once the Prepared Speech section is over, you may continue with the theme.
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed some time back and saw a beautiful poster. It had mountains on the backdrop with a girl looking at them and these words slapped across “When was the last time you did something for the first time.” It was one of those rare posters that made me stop and read it again. I would like to ask each one of you this question now. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Can you remember having tried something new in your recent past – may be a new hobby or a new sport or simply meeting a new person. Here’s what I think – if a month goes by and you haven’t tried anything new in it, I think it’s a month wasted. The world around has so many experiences to experience that am sure one lifetime would fall short. Lucky for our guests, our next session will offer them something new to try right now. I will let the Table Topic Master do the talking. Can we have a big round of applause for the Table Topic Master TM Name.
Once the Table Topic session is over, you may continue with the theme as under.
Thanks a lot TM Name. That was indeed a wonderful session.
I fondly remember this time about 5 years back. I had given my CA finals and it was a couple of days before the result. The time when you are filled with anxiety and nervousness and your stomach keeps churning. Suddenly, I received an image form a dear fired who was herself awaiting results. It said “why worry? If you have done your very best, worrying won’t make it any better.” I would really like to say that all my anxiety and worry faded away just by reading this image, but sadly nothing of that sort happened. Yet, sometimes when you receive the right words at the right time, you somehow feel comfortable. And that’s how I hope all the speakers are feeling right now as its time for the evaluation section – the results here in Toastmasters. I would like to invite the GE to present her report.
Once the entire evaluation session is over, you may conclude your theme in the following manner.
So as we head towards the end of our session today, I have one last thought that comes to my mind to wrap it all perfectly. It’s a story about 3 years old. I was in Delhi for some work and happened to drop by a lounge with my friend around midnight. We were a couple of drinks down and happened to chat up a local Delhite. As we were debating the pros and cons of living in a big city Vs living in a small city – the guy happened to say this “ jo nai hai wo khwab hai par jo hai wo lajawab hai” Perhaps it was the environment, or the effect of the drinks but nevertheless, it’s something that fits perfectly well for all of us. What we don’t have is a wish to be fulfilled but we should be thankful for what we already have in our lives. On that note, a big thanks to all of you for being here today and making this meeting a success. It’s time for the awards now.
As you can see, the above theme can be easily modified based on personal choices.
To check out more ideas for TMOD scripts and theme, look here.
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