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Time, Treasures and Talent Table Topics

Blossoming Voices Toastmasters hosted Table Topics with a twist. Table Topics is the fun, impromptu speaking portion of our meeting Eryn Photowhen members are invited to deliver a two-minute speech without any preparation. It develops our skill at speaking on our feet and off the cuff. The results are often outrageously funny.

At the meeting, we hosted a spoken auction, as opposed to silent auction, to raise money for the club. Members packaged their time, a treasure or a talent for auction.

Our experienced Toastmaster, Andrew Mertens, served as the auctioneer and invited the participants to deliver a two-minute sales pitch that enticed us to bid on the auction item. The more persuasive the pitch, the more competitive the bids.

We had members bring all sorts of goodies and talents such as movie passes, yoga lessons, a Shabbat dinner for several people, home made cupcakes and even some great books. Our members got into serious bidding action when certain items went above their value as our members wanted to try and experience some unique items that were being offered. In total, the club raised for $890 at the end of the night which will be used for various expenses that the club incurs.

A week later members came with great feedback as to the item’s they purchased. Some had savored the delicious treats they had bid on and others can’t wait to experience the various lessons they bid on. Take a visit to Blossoming Voices and see how a Table Topics sessions is run in person. Click here to find out how you can join.

Here are some other items that went up for auction:

  • A picnic basket with various treats to enjoy outdoors
  • Makeup lessons
  • Running clinic lessons
  • Home made Pesto Sauce
  • Designer sunglasses
  • A portable encyclopedia of wine and food