Hosting Talkaoke is a bit like playing a musical instrument. Essentially there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The more practice you have, the better you will be. Be yourself and your own style, personality and talent will emerge. At The People Speak, we are always learning new elements to it. Have a go in the middle of the table and you too could eventually be contributing to these pages.
The most important thing to remember is that Talkaoke has two main rules. Everything else is just a guideline.
The prohibition of singing is more important than it seems. It’s not out of any antipathy to the world of song. Once the singing starts it’s hard to return to discussion. The no fighting rule is self explanatory. It is important to be able to differentiate a healthy and productive difference of opinion from personal antagonism and insult. Spotting this and how to diffuse difficult situations is covered later. Remember the design of the Talkaoke table is conducive to consensus and empathy, so everything is in your favour.