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A TMOD theme on “Riddles”

One of the best TMOD session that you can ever host is the one which is interactive and engaging. And nothing sounds as interactive and engaging as riddles. TM Priyanka from Mumbai has the perfect TMOD theme and script for this idea. Have a look.


“Never straight but always see through, for some I am impossible no matter what they do. Some I make smile with a twist of my turn but others I amaze with how much they can learn. What am I?” (Interact with audience) (Credits TNT)

The answer is riddles. Riddles have been one of the best pastimes for people since centuries. The wise could answer one to impress the king, or find the treasure or sometimes just to save their lives. Even today, riddles ignite instant engagement and brain storming among people and sometimes fetches you a job as well.

So for today’s session I have some simple and some not so simple riddles that will put your grey matter to test. Let’s make this session a fun and interactive one.

Here is another riddle for you. A man stands in front of a painting and says “I don’t have any brothers and sisters, but this man’s father is my father’s son.” How is the man in the painting related to the man standing in front of it? (Credits lateral thinking puzzles)

(Audience interaction here). Final Answer – the painting is of his son.

Well riddles can be complicated. Thankfully, our Toastmasters meeting is much simpler. On that note, let me tell you how a Toastmaster’s meeting functions. Every Toastmasters meeting is divided into three parts. The first part is the Prepared Speech section where our members prepare a 5 to 7 minute speech in advance, get it mentored and deliver the same. The second part is the fun and exciting Table Topic Session where anyone can speak for 1 to 2 minutes on a topic given by our Table Topic Master. And the last part is the evaluation session where our General Evaluator will give a comprehensive report on the entire meeting. Let me invite our General Evaluator for the day TM Name.

Once the GE is done explaining his role, invite the Prepared Speakers. After this session, continue with the theme as under.

An explorer was captured by a tribe whose chief decided that the man should die. The chief gave the explorer a choice. The explorer was to make single statement. If it was true, he would be thrown off a cliff. If it was false, he would be eaten by lions. Which statement did the clever explorer make that forced the chief to set him free? (Credits – Lateral Thinking puzzles)

(Audience interaction.) Answer – I will be eaten by lions. If this was true, he would have to be thrown off the cliff making it false. If it was false, he would be eaten by lions making it true. This compelled the chief to set him free.

Ok here is a simple one. What is tall when young but short when old?

Answer: Candle.

If my riddles have you all excited and on your feet, you are in a great state for the next session – the Table Topic Session. Please help me welcome the Table Topic Master for the day TM Name.

Once the Table Topic Session is over, continue with the theme as under.

There are some riddles that sound illogical at the outset but just require you to think out of the box. Here is one such riddle for you. “A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die?” (Credits Lateral thinking puzzle)

(Audience interaction). Answer – the package was a parachute that failed to open causing the man to die.

Here is a simple one before we move to the final session of the meeting. What gets wet while drying? Answer a Towel.

Please help me welcome the General Evaluator of the day for the final session TM Name.

After the evaluation session is over, conclude the theme as under.

Fellow Toastmasters, to conclude today’s theme, here is a rapid fire round where I will ask you six insanely easy and often repeated riddles. Your job is to answer them as fast as you can. Let’s begin.

1) What has hands but cannot clap? Answer – clock.

2) What is full of holes but still holds water? Answer – sponge.

3) I have branches but no fruit or leaves? What am I? Answer – Bank

4) I am as light as a feather but even the strongest person cannot hold me for 5 minutes? What am I? Answer – breath.

5)  Where does today come before yesterday? Answer – dictionary.

6) What goes up and down but does not move? Answer – staircase.

Thank you Toastmasters. I had a great time hosting this fun session today. I hope you enjoyed too. It’s time now for the awards.

RELATED : How to appreciate Prepared speakers?

Thank you TM Priyanka for this wonderful submission. If you have a script for any role in Toastmasters, do let us know here.

For more theme ideas and scripts for the role of TMOD, look here.


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