Impromptu Speaking Topics | October 2019
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Circuit A: Lord of the Rings
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door." - Gandalf
"Why was I chosen? Such questions cannot be answered." - Gandalf
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - Gandalf
"Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life." - Gandalf
"I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." - Arwen
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." - Bilbo Baggins
"We must move on, we cannot linger." - Legolas
"Are we lost?" - Pippin
"No." - Merry
"I think we are." - Pippin
"What are we holding onto, Sam?" - Frodo
"That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo and it's worth fighting for." - Sam
"I wonder if we'll ever be put into songs or tales."- Sam
"Don't look down, Sam, just keep going!" - Frodo
"Talking trees. What do trees have to talk about, hmm…except the consistency of squirrel droppings?" - Gimli
"The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them." - Eowyn
"I fear neither death nor pain." - Eowyn
"What do you fear, my lady?" - Aragorn
“A cage." - Eowyn
"War will make corpses of us all." - Faramir
"Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an Elf." - Gimli
"What about side by side with a friend?" - Legolas
"End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take." - Gandalf
"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?" - Gimli
"I will not say "Do not weep," for not all tears are an evil. - Gandalf
Circuit B: Peter Drucker Quotes
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
"The purpose of a business is to create a customer."
"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes."
"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old."
"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans."
"No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it."
"The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I.'"
"What is measured, improves."
"Business has only two functions - marketing and innovations."
"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility."
"People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year."
"Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems."
"The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question."
“People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete - the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.”
“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.”
“Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.”
Circuit C: Vine Quotes
(Note: These topics are extremely difficult. They were prepared with highly advanced students in mind.)
"AHH! Stahhp. I coulda’ dropped my croissant."
"Road work ahead? Uh yea, I sure hope it does."
"Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."
"Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha--Free--Freshavacado."
"What's better than this? Guys bein dudes."
"WHAT ARE THOSEEEE?"
"THEY are my crocs!"
"Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?
"I'm a GIRAFFE!"
"All I wanna tell you is school's not important. Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog…RUFF. You know?
"Hey, did you happen to go to class last week?"
"I have never missed a class."
"Oh hi, thanks for checking in; I'm still a piece of garrrbaaaggggge."
"Lipstick? In my Valentino white bag?!"
"Country boy, I love you…bleh.”
"It's Wednesday, my dudes."
"I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets.”