2nd Feb 2016 meeting notes

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Ga Lok, stepping in for Paul opened the meeting and talked about being featured in the meeting again! (though we’ve also been mentioned in this week’s London Speaker)

Leigh as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and gave a humorous introduction to public speaking.

Marcelo was our timekeeper; reminding us the importance of time.

Dimos our Grammarian, with his word of the day “Jocular”.

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, using failed Guinness Book of Records as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leanne was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 10 table topics.

Felicitas; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 3 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Jack – His icebreaker: The Past, Present and Future Me (Dami)
  • Charlotte – Time to Talk (Rachel)
  • Ana – The Island of Knights (Christine)

It was a lively and action packed meeting; congratulations to Jack for delivering his Icebreaker speech and winning best speech, Leanne winning best evaluator and Will who won best table topic (the record breaking saying “Are we there yet?” the most number of times in the back of a Toyota)

Next meeting Tues 16th Feb, see you all there.

Featured in latest Toastmasters International Magazine

A Happy New Year to everyone, and I’ve some great news to start us off in 2016.

City of London Toastmasters has been featured in the monthly International magazine that goes out to all 300K + members around the world. For those who receive the hard copy, it will be January 2016 edition, page 21; it’s also available on the digital edition of log onto the Toastmasters.org website.

The quick feature relates to the social aspect to Toastmasters and our brilliant trip to the Brecon Beacons earlier this year. Ana’s write up of the event:

City Speakers Conquering New Heights

(Looks like carrying those stack of magazines up the biggest peak wasn’t so silly after all, haha)

It’s not just the public speaking parts that makes clubs great, it’s the community we build to have fun. It’s down to each and everyone one of you, Past and Present members who are willing to put yourselves out there to overcome the biggest fear.  At this time of year we’ll be getting more guests than usual, so I hope to see you all telling them that City of London Toastmasters is the undisputed most Rock n’ Roll club in London!

A reminder that our next meeting is Tuesday 19th Jan, my usual messages around requesting speeches and signing up to functionary roles to get your CC and CL awards.

The committee will be actively organising more socials; lets all make 2016 an awesome year – I’ll see you at the next meeting.

Ga Lok

(snapshot of feature in link below)

Clubs Having Fun

Merry Xmas

To all of our members and guests, including those virtual visitors. A quick Merry Christmas and wishing you a fantastic New Year from the City of London Toastmasters committee.

Improving Public Speaking is a popular New Year’s resolution, so we tend to be busier with guests and new joiners during January and February, it’s a great time to meet new people and get back into accomplishing those goals, we do ask that those keen to complete a speech early 2016 should request a speech slot sooner to get your spot.

Don’t forget to like us and keep up to date on the following channels

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All the best

CoLT committee

17th Nov meeting highlights and upcoming workshop

It’s the post Autumn conference meeting, Paul, the President opened the meeting with the latest club updates.

A welcome return from Christine as Toastmaster for the meeting; she also reminded everyone of the upcoming evolution workshop with Freddie Daniels hosted by the Data Science speakers club on Mon 23rd Nov. Booking and information can be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freddie-daniels-exception-evaluations-a-toastmasters-international-workshop-tickets-19264256911

Dimos was our timekeeper; providing his own special stage presence.

Ga Lok as Grammarian, introduced the word of the day “Solidarity” following events in Paris.

Leigh was our Table Topics Master, taking highlights from the as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests; and he provided feedback for everyone who took part.

Kylie; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 3 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Scott– His icebreaker: Stars, Sharks and Haircuts (Tian)
  • Ga Lok– The House Always Wins (Dami)
  • Paul– Negotiation techniques (Leanne)

It was thunderous meeting to match the weather; congratulations to Scott for delivering his Icebreaker speech, Ga Lok winning best speech, Leanne winning best evaluator and Tom who won best table topic.

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Next meeting on Tues 1st December, we are planning a club Christmas part and details will be sent out by the end of next week.

We still have roles for the next meeting, please sign up online or get in touch with VPEs Rachel and Leigh.

Post Halloween meeting results

Everyone has survived Halloween and we had another great meeting

Paul, the President opened the meeting and gave an update on the Toastmasters Autumn conference in Swindon this weekend. More information can be found at: http://greatwesternconf.toastmasterclub.org

Hugh as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and gave a humorous introduction to public speaking.

Charlotte was our timekeeper; reminding us the importance of time, particularly for interviews and the growth of video conferences.

Blanka was a visiting Toastmaster and Grammarian, with her word of the day “Perplexed”.

Dami was our Table Topics Master, using unusual choices as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Ga Lok was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 10 table topics.

Marcelo; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 4 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Kylie– Her icebreaker: I keep scaring myself, but it just might help someone (Chris)
  • Noor– How to have great relationships (Rachel)
  • Marcelo– How to break the internet (Andy)
  • Dimos – Discover The World Of Walking (Paul)

It was a likely and action packed meeting; congratulations to Kylie for delivering her Icebreaker speech, Marcelo winning best speech, Paul winning best evaluator and Dimos who won best table topic.

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Next meeting on Tues 17th November, have a great fireworks night this weekend in the meantime. We still have speaking slots and roles for the next meeting, please sign up online or get in touch with VPEs Rachel and Leigh.

TM session this evening (20th Oct)

Great meeting tonight, congratulations to Dami, Paul and Marcelo who won Best Speaker, Evaluator and Table Topic Speaker respectively.

Don’t forget the Christmas Parties coming up and the Humorous Speech district contest.

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Area 58 Contest Results

Paul Rocks proudly represented City of London Toastmasters at the Area 58 Humorous Speech contest last night; competing in both the prepared speech and the table topic contest (The impromptu topic was: “The UK used to have compulsory military service, other countries still have it, should the UK reintroduce military service?”).

Over the past year, the number of clubs has increased, so Paul needed to compete against the best speakers from 6 different clubs in Area 58.

Despite Paul’s stirring effort, the winners were:

  • Best Table Topic – Andy O’Sullivan (Public Speakers club)
  • Best Speech – Jonathan Garrett (1st London Speakers)

The winners will go onto compete in the Division K final held on Friday 16th October – Location details to be confirmed.

Don’t forget our regular meeting is on Tues 6th October and coming soon will be information regarding our Christmas socials in December – we will be holding a club members only social and an Area 58 social.

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Extra meeting 29th Sept results

Despite a power outage and some friendly help from UKPN, another excellent meeting.

Paul, the President opened the meeting and gave an update on the contest held 2 weeks. The Area 58 contest, in which Paul will be representing the club in both the humours speech and table topics contest against 6 other clubs in the area is on tonight, out our meeting venue so we have home advantage.

Rachel as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and reminded them to stretch themselves and get outside their comfort zones.

Kylie was our timekeeper; she recently joined the club and this was her first functionary role to ensure all speakers kept to time.

Felicitas was our Table Topics Master, using unusual facts as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leanne was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 10 table topics.

Dami, another brand new member having visited several times as a guest; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 3 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Lucas– What defines me (Shamim)
  • Marcelo – How sweet is sweet enough (Leigh)
  • Olli (a visiting Toastmaster from Southampton)– My Trip to the dentist (Hugh)

It was a likely and action packed meeting; congratulations to Lucas for delivering his Icebreaker speech, Marcelo winning best speech, Leanne winning best evaluator and Ga Lok who won best table topic.

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See you at the area contest on 30th Sept and the next meeting on Tuesday 6th October.

Ga Lok

Humorous Speech Contest Results

A big thank you to everyone who competed and helped with the City of London Toastmasters contest.

Humorous Speech Participants:

  • Shamim – I’m a Lego Block
  • Hugh – The Drug of the Nation
  • Noor – Dating Tips for Men
  • Paul – Behold the Man

Prepared Participants

Table Topics Participants with the question: The world is about to end in 24 hours, what would you do in your remaining time.

  • Christoph
  • Marcelo
  • Dimos
  • Hugh
  • Shamim
  • Paul
  • Noor

TT participants

Thanks to the important functionaries:

  • Time Keepers – Felicatas and Ana
  • Counters – Tian and Rachel
  • Big thanks to our 7 judges from other clubs.

The winners are:

Humorous Speech Contest

  • 1st Place: Noor
  • 2nd Place: Paul

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Table Topics Speech

  • 1st Place: Paul
  • 2nd Place: Hugh
  • 3rd Place: Dimos

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The first place winners will compete in the next round, the Area 58 contest.

We will be cheering and laughing with them going forward.

 

 

Regular meeting and the contest ahead

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Despite being locked out due to delays on the tube, we still had a smashing meeting.

  • Leigh was our Toastmaster for the evening
  • Noor took over timekeeper duties
  • Christine our Grammarian introduced the word of the day “Meh”, a word that has recently been accepted into the Oxford Dictionary.
  • Tian was our Table Topics Master

We had 3 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Ana – Hiking (Marcelo)
  • Shamim – Keep off the grass (Christine)
  • Ga Lok – The Gruffalo (Matteo)

Congratulation to Ruby, Christine and Shamim for winning best Table Topics, Evaluator and Best Speech respectively.

Paul reminded everyone that the next meeting on Tues 15th September will be the Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest.

There are 3 ways for you to take part:

  1. Compete – there are 2 separate contests. All members in good standing can compete in either or both for:
    1. Prepared humorous speech contest
    2. Table topics contest
  2. Help out – this is slightly different meeting and I need to following helpers:
    1. Contest Chair – i.e. the contest Toastmaster
    2. 3 x counters
    3. 2 x timers
    4. Sargent at arms
    5. Judge a contest at another club
  3. Come and cheer on the speakers, stay for a drink and assist with the post competition analysis in the Hoop & Grapes afterwards.

We will also have visitors from other clubs who will act as independent judges for the winners. The winner of the prepared speech and the winner of the table topics will go onto to compete in the Area contest against other clubs and if they keep on winning they will compete in the District final held in Brighton to claim the ultimate prize.

Please contact Paul if you’re interested in competing or organising. If you’re competing, we can send you on the details and competition rules and if you’re helping, we can get started on getting things organised.

It’s going to be a cracking evening, hope to see you all there.
Those who want to get involved, let us know and we’ll send you on a pdf copy of the rules