Pre-prepare 12 questions to ask the members and up to 2 visitors. Do not make your questions lengthy.
The VPM will advise you whether the visitors wish to participate, or not. If yes, pick an easy question towards the end.
The VPE will advise you on members who have small roles (Humour Spot, Homer, Toast, Vote of Thanks, Your Say) as these members have priority to a question.
Provide the Uneven and Even evaluators a list of their questions.
Make your way to the lectern as Humour Spot finishes so you are ready to be called to the lectern by the Chair.
“Thank you Mr/Madam Chair, I accept control of the meeting. The role of the Table Topics Master is to ask 12 questions and invite the Toast of the Week and the Evaluators in turn to the lectern.”
Introduce the Timekeeper and ask for a bell at 50 seconds and 2 bells & applause at 60 seconds.
Introduce the two Evaluators.
Announce the question number, ask the question, then nominate a person to answer it, according to the Table Topics Priority Guide.
After the questions have been completed, introduce the Toast of Week. (Have a glass with you to be able to join in the toast)
Introduce the Uneven Evaluator
Introduce the Even Evaluator
Thank participants and hand control of the meeting back to the ‘Chair’.
Ideas for Table Tops questions:
Newspaper or magazine articles
Search web for strange/unusual words and ask for creative/ fictitious definitions
Hold a debate
Yellow Pages – open up randomly, asking the person to explain the business
Have questions relating to a theme, eg Easter, Halloween
Have an ongoing story – set the scene and ask for what happens next