As Toastmasters, one of our goals is to continually improve our ability to effectively articulate our thoughts, especially when we are asked our opinion about something.

The ability to “think and speak on our feet” is a skill that comes not only from practice (an activity  we do in our meetings, called “Table Topics”), but also from being generally aware of events around us so that we can speak intelligently on a current subject.

Therefore, what better current event to inform ourselves on than the US Credit Crisis?

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In the space of about ten minutes, you will have had the chance to get an extremely clear and straightforward understanding of how the Credit “fiasco” all came about.  And should you ever be asked your opinion on this subject, you may hopefully find yourself in a better position to answer effectively.