Category Archives: Table Topics

Table topics – Buzzwords

The table topics last meeting were very original and yet business related. Our Table topic master, Simeon, prepared a list of 39 buzzwords. That is the words that are particularly suitable for business speech. He explained them all and gave us the task: compose a short story where we sue as many of these buzzwords as possible. Moreover, we were also supposed to rhyme them. Challenging, right?

The list of buzzwords:

Accountable
Agile
Alignment
Analytics
Benchmarking
Bleeding-edge
Cloud-computing
Collaboration
Creative
Cross-platform
Customer-centric
Datafication
Diversity
Enterprise
Framework
Globalization
Holistic
Immersion
Innovation
Invested
Leverage
Mobile
Passionate
Proactive
Quick-win
Real-time
Responsive
Scalability
Seamless
Solution
Startup
Strategy
Streamline
Sustainability
Synergy
Viral
Virtualization
Visibility
Win-win

And an example story by Simeon:

Invested in my post-vacation email clean-up, 
an hour later I had barely progressed a iota, 
I guess it's time to build my very own start-up, 
where you have a daily email quota.

Table topics – Sell the impossible

Last meeting, we had the theme “Anything is possible”. The table topics revolved around that, too. The speakers got a product that was, according to today’s technology and science, impossible. They were tasked with convincing us that the product was indeed real and they had to sell it to us. Take a look at the product below:

These table topics had a little twist in that instead of picking papers, there was a software application that randomly generated the topics. An advantage of this approach was possibility to include pictures to every topic.

A time travel device.

A car that can fly.
flyCar

A USB drive with unlimited capacity.

A device that can provide unlimited energy supply.
perpetuum

A robot that will, in a few years, destroy humanity and rule earth.
terminator

A computer that can sing.

Glasses that let you see through walls.
xRayGlasses

Table topics – Change history

Last Tuesday, the theme of the meeting was Time. Our Table topic master, Pavlina, prepared a set of amazing topics that reflected this theme.

There were moments in time that had massive impact on the world today. However, what if they had played out differently? The roles for table topic speakers are described with each of the topics. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

October 28, 2003: Harward student Mark Zuckerberg invented and opened Facematch, the Facebook’s predecessor. Many students complained that their photos were being used without permission. Zuckerberg apologized publicly, and the student paper ran articles stating that his site was “completely improper.” Mark is disapointed and thinking about career of gardener.
Convince him to not give up social networks!

20th July 1903: The Ford Motor Company shipped its first car. You are car salesman. Sell this red Ford to a lady in red.

First Red Ford
First Red Ford

1st July 1979, Sony Corp. introduced the Sony Walkman. The prototype was built by audiodivision engineer Nobutoshi Kihara. His grandmother doesn’t consider it as success because she wanted him to be teacher.
Explain to grandmother importance of his invention and career choice.

2nd December 2001: Energy-trading company Enron filled for bankrupcy, one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. Over the next several years, the name “Enron” became synonymous with large-scale corporate corruption and accounting fraud.
The company employed 21,000 people and you need to say them that are laid off.

30th January 1986, Steve Jobs bought The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm’s computer graphics division. Over the next 15 years the company produced box-office hits (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Toy Story…) In early 2004, Jobs announced that Pixar would seek a new partner to distribute its films after its contract with Disney expired.
You have your own small studio – become their new partner.

4th April 1973: Martin Cooper (Motorola) invented first pubcicized Handheld Mobile Phone.
Make the first call.