During the Table Topics session of each meeting, I take note of all well-crafted responses. While most toastmasters use personal anecdotes relevant to the topic, others like to start with a quotation that touches on the theme.
I enjoy reading and collecting inspirational quotations, but I don’t think I could come up with the most appropriate one in the space of forty to sixty seconds. And truthfully, I don’t want to waste precious seconds trying to recall a specific quotation.
When I expressed this concern to several seasoned toastmasters, they advised me to memorize a few short, all-purpose quotations that could be used to begin almost any impromptu topic. And not to worry about the author’s name. Simply start with “This reminds me of my favorite quotation…”
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Tough times never last, but tough people do. Dr. Robert Schuller
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. Helen Keller
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch
Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you. Margaret Thatcher
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