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Toastmasters, only! Should table topics be sensitive to politics, religion, race, culture, and sex?Views: 1156
Jul 02, 2007 10:36 pmToastmasters, only! Should table topics be sensitive to politics, religion, race, culture, and sex?#

L.T. MONEY
Hello everyone,

I'm a member of Toastmasters Mission Viejo, CA club 4552. and recently voted in as vice president public relations. How do you feel, as toastmsters, regarding issues concerning race, sex, culture, religion, and politics in toastmasters? Should toastmasters be a platform for these subjects?

LT

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Jul 03, 2007 12:15 amre: Toastmasters, only! Should table topics be sensitive to politics, religion, race, culture, and s#

Rasheed Hooda
L T

Read the TM rules and regulations pertaining to your question. I believe you can find it on the TI website.

Rasheed

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Jul 05, 2007 5:35 pmre: re: Toastmasters, only! Should table topics be sensitive to politics, religion, race, culture, a#

L.T. MONEY
Thanks Rasheed!

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Jul 08, 2007 9:30 pmre: re: re: Toastmasters, only! Should table topics be sensitive to politics, religion, race, cultur#

Debra Simpson
I'm not sure where on the TM.org site you'll find that info, but out of personal experience I can tell you it's best to keep Table Topics more general. One of the quickest ways to harm a club is to go into the more "taboo" subjects.

One time I was asked whether I thought the unborn should be granted civil rights. Being a woman who lived through the failed Equal Rights Amendment in the early 70s, I felt women should have equal rights first.

Our table topics was full of religious questions that evening and sent our guest out the door at the break. When I followed up with our guest, it was the tone of the table topics that made her decide to look for another club to visit.

If we are to appeal to all, we should try to be more general. Even when I took on separation of church and state over the Mt. Soledad cross, I had to make it clear to the membership that I had been asked in my PR manual to take on a controverial subject. Even with all the prep I did with them, many of my fellow members were very uncomfortable.

It's just easier to stay general than to try something controversial and have it negatively affect the club.

Deb

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