Additional Information for Classification Talks

Sebastian Burset
Bryce Beckstrand
Ed Marek

Welcome to the Northfield Rotary Club!  We are happy to have you join our group. Here are the answers to some of your questions —

What is a Classification Talk? 
A classification talk is your chance to introduce yourself to our group. It is also a chance for other members to find common interests with you and future conversation topics.
What should I talk about? 
This is your chance to tell us about yourself, family, professional life, and hobbies. There is no right or wrong way to do a classification talk. Just choose information that you think will be of interest.
Why are they called Classification Talks? 
Classification talks have been around for most of Rotary history. Originally designed to acquaint fellow club members with your profession, they have since become more of a general introduction of you to your fellow club members.
Do I really have to do one? 
Yes and no. Classification talks are a rite of passage of sorts and most members have done them. That being said, we have an occasional member who  truly fears public speaking and is given a pass. You don’t need to worry about your presentation not being “good enough”. We have all been there and are a kind, supportive audience. 
I have been a club member for a while now and am just being asked to give my classification talk. Everyone already knows me. Do I have to? 
Sorry for the delay. It happens. You may feel like everyone knows you but there is real value in telling your story to our group. We can still get to know you better. 
Okay, I get it. I’ll do it. But can you give me some questions to get me started?
Sure. Here are some questions to get you started. Choose the ones you like and make up some of your own.
  • Where were you born?
  • Where have you lived?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you do professionally? Why did you choose this career? What’s your favorite thing about your career?
  • Who are your most important relationships?
  • If you are married, tell us about your spouse.
  • What is your proudest accomplishment?
  • What’s an important lesson you have learned?
  • What is the hardest thing you have faced in your life?
  • What are your favorite photos from your life?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What is a movie that you have seen (or book that you read) that was meaningful?
  • Why did you join Rotary?
Any final pieces of advice?
Relax, this is not a test. Have fun with it. 
And one more thing -— We love photos. Use lots of photos.