21st June Meeting Highlights

Paul opened up the final meeting in his tenure as Club President, for what was a truly Rock n’ Roll year of achievements for the club.

Our Toastmaster this evening was Tom, he has been away for a while due to work and quickly found his feet to lead a tremendous meeting.

Time was monitored by Kylie, who kept us on time throughout the evening.

Hugh was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of politicians in the news as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leanne was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and insightful feedback to all table topics that had plenty of guests.

Tom introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 3 great speeches tonight at the start of the second half (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Brad – “Toastmasters thus far” – a review of his 13 year history at Toastmasters across 3 continents, plus lessons learned from his journey (Tomasz)
  • Charlotte – “Neverendum” – A project #6 speech discussing her experiences in the political campaigns, and whether we have reach peak referendum (Swati)
  • Ga Lok – “Premature Actions” – An analogy of the EU referendum and going to the gym (Paul)

Congratulations this evening to Graham on his story of falling asleep during the Queen’s speech and should should of spoken about the Ashes who won best Table Topic; Tomasz who was also GE tonight and gave fantastic feedback won best evaluator, Brad on his Toastmasters journey won best speaker.

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The results of the new committee elections will be published shortly once ratified.

The next meeting on Tues 5th July, Ga Lok will be delivering his evaluation workshop. Learn how to deliver great feedback in speeches and professionally. This will be in place of the regular meeting and over 50 Toastmasters in other clubs have already signed up to attend. in For more info and register at: http://galok.uk/july2016

7th June Meeting Highlights

A happy sunny Tuesday to all of our Toastmasters.

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Ga Lok was standing in as President and introduced the idea of empathy being a keep skill that every Toastmaster develops because they experience such a diverse group and a variety of speeches.

Our Toastmaster this evening was Marcelo, he shared many experiences and lessons learned, including his development at Toastmasters that helped him land his successful new career.

Time was monitored by Dimos, who kept us on time throughout the evening.

Rachel was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of holidays as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leigh was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and insightful feedback to all table topics that had plenty of guests.

Rachel; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 2 great speeches tonight at the start of the second half (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Ada – “Home is where the heart is” – an thoughtful reflection of her journey and adventures, concluding with the true meaning of home (Jack)
  • Ga Lok– “A breeze of fresh air” – The history and impact made by designer Patricia Moore (Charlotte).

Congratulations this evening to Jack on his story of an embarrassing moment of dribbling who won best Table Topic; Ada who has started her journey with a wonderful icebreaker this evening.

Next meeting on Tues 21st June and reminded that On Tues 5th July, Ga Lok will be delivering his evaluation workshop. Learn how to deliver great feedback in speeches and professionally. This will be in place of the regular meeting. For more info and register at: http://galok.uk/july2016

 

31st May meeting highlights

A Happy Bank holiday to all of our Toastmasters, it started sunny, went cloudy and today we enjoyed some brief stormy weather.

It’s the 5th Tuesday of the the month, so 3 for 2 offer in terms of meetings this month.

Our Toastmaster this evening was Swati, she is an experienced Toastmaster from another country who has now settled into London and joined our most rock n’ roll club.

Time was monitored by Hugh, back from organising a number of Engineer conferences in Ireland.

Graham was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of change and new opportunities as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Ga Lok was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 4 table topics – Fantastic responses from people this evening.

Dimos; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 3 great speeches tonight which included 2 advanced speeches at the start of the second half (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Brad – “Plans are nothing; planning is everything” – an entertaining speech including mishaps with jobs and visas (Paul)
  • Ga Lok– “Picking up the phone” – A personal story regarding the 30th anniversary of ChildLine (Marcelo)
  • Charlotte– “Talkin’ ’bout my generation” – A #5 Your Boady Speaks speech project on the EU vote and how economists once envisioned the workforce working less due to automation and robots  (Brad)

It was an interesting evening of diverse speeches.

Congratulations this evening to Nigel (guest now turned member!) who won best Table Topic, Brad who won the double Best Speaker + Evaluator award, and Charlotte who was finally presented her icebreaker ribbon though she is becoming a fantastic speaker now on speech #5.

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Next meeting Tues 7th June, plus on Tues 5th July, Ga Lok will be delivering his evaluation workshop. Learn how to deliver great feedback in speeches and professionally. This will be in place of the regular meeting.

For more info and register at: http://galok.uk/july2016/

See you at the next meeting.

17th May Meeting highlights

A slightly delayed post as we’ve been busy as the Toastmasters year begins to close and a new committee elections will be happening soon.

Ga Lok standing in as President and was Toastmaster for the evening opened the meeting, reflecting on his 8 years in Toastmasters, and winning the District title to become D91 Speech Evaluation Champion 2016.

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Time was split between two members, Rachel in the first half and Brad in the second half.

Leigh was our Grammarian with the word of the day: Auspicious

Swati was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of continuing stories as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Brad was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 7 table topics! Brad is an experienced Toastmaster across 3 continents and we welcome him as a new member to the club.

Marcelo; introduced our new guests for the evening.

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

  • Ruby – “Remembering my childhood” – an Icebreaker speech that introduced Ruby’s background and the culture change coming to the UK (Leanne)
  • Rachel – “Do what you say you will do” – A #4 speech project exploring the will power to quit smoking (Charlotte)
  • Shamim – “Keep Calm and Start Supporting” – A #9 persuasive speech project on the junior doctor strikes (Christoph)

Branko, from 1st London Toastmasters was our General Evaluator who gave a fantastic analysis of the meeting.

It was a thoughtful and warm May meeting; congratulations to Ga Lok winning best Table Topic and Leanne who won best Evaluator.

Congratulations to Ruby for completing her ice-breaker speech. Well done to Ann-Madeline Best Table Topic; Leanne and Charlotte who tied for Best Evaluator and Rachel with her magnificent speech to with Best Speaker of the evening.

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Next meeting, it’s 2 for the price of 3 meetings in a month as it will be the 5th Tuesday. See you on 31st May, usual time and venue.

And the winner is ….

A fantastic Toastmasters Division K workshop and contest today – at this level you are seeing the very best public speakers in London competing against each other for the Division title and the honour of competing in the District (National) final.

In some very tight voting, I’m pleased to say Andrew Osayemi with his speech “No, No, No” and myself, Ga Lok Chung was victorious in the Speech and Evaluation contests respectively. Woo Hoo !!!

I’d like to especially thank Rachel and Paul who celebrated with me till the very end, plus Christine, Jack and Annette offering words of support. However, it’s really our entire club; City of London Toastmasters that made this happen. It is our community, our friendship and never ending encouraging that creates success for all of our members.

On a personal level, in my 8 years as Toastmaster; I’ve made it to the Division final three times, and each time previously I’ve lost. But I didn’t really lose; I came back better, more focussed and more determined and this would not have been possible without members at this club. Whatever happens at the national final, I’m proud to represent this club, the most “rock and roll club” in London – take it from my own experience, keep knocking on that door and you will get an answer.

What happens next:

  1. I’ll be bringing the Division K winners “shield” at our Tuesday 3rd May meeting. I hope to see most of you there.
  2. The District 91 final will be during the District conference on the 7th/8th May. This year it’s held in central London, just 15 mins walk away from our usual meeting venue. It will be a fantastic showcase of workshops (the Toastmasters 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani will be hosting one. David Taylor author of bestseller “The Naked Leader” will also open the conference along with a host of others); network with Toastmasters who have come from across the UK and of course the contests. I will be competing in the Saturday afternoon Evaluation contest. Full information to register can be found here: http://d91toastmasters.org.uk/conference/

Have a fantastic weekend and thank you;

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19th April Meeting highlights

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Paul opened the meeting, reflecting on the importance of growth within Toastmasters.

Marcelo as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and expertly guided the meeting this evening.

Tom D was our timekeeper; reminding us the importance of time.

Jack was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of emotions as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leanne was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 8 table topics!

Rachel; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 2 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Scott– “How Diversity Affects Netflix” – a thoroughly engaging and insightful talk around the benefits of having diversity to solve problems (Charlotte)
  • Tian – “The 93%” – Turning the concept of a speech on it’s head, that content is only 7% of a speech (Paul)

It was a lively and Spring fresh meeting; congratulations to  Ga Lok winning best Table Topic and Leanne who won best Evaluator.

Peter, the Area 58 Director also visited to present Ga Lok with the Area 58 Evaluation contest winner award . Ga Lok will be representing Area 58 in the Division K contest this Saturday 23rd April. It’s a full day event with workshops, networking and of course the speech and evaluation contest. Free to all members, more details and registration can be found here

Next meeting Tues 3rd May, see you all there.

Area 58 results and details of next Division contest – International Speech Contest

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On Weds 30th April, St Botolph’s hosted the Area 58 International Speech contest. Comprised of 8 clubs; it was going to be a very competitive evening as the winners of each club in the Area delivered their speeches.

Ga Lok Chung, having won both club contests on 15th March was representing City of London Toastmasters in the Speech contest and the Evaluation contest.

The Results:

  • Ga Lok won 1st Place in the Evaluation contest (now a hat-trick of Area 58 wins since 2014)
  • Ga Lok placed 3rd Place in the Speech contest (1st place went to Jonathan Garrett from First London Toastmasters club)

Ga Lok and Jonathan will now progress to the next round to represent the Area at the Division contest.

Division K Contest details

  • It will be on Saturday 23rd April
  • Hosted at the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf
  • The day will be a mixture of speech workshops as well as the two contests
  • Registration details on EventBrite will be sent out soon

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All the best to Ga Lok as he competes against the best speakers in London in a few weeks time.

Quick reminder for Tues and Weds

Happy Easter – this week we have a double treat:

  • Regular meeting on Tuesday 29th March
  • Area contest on Wednesday 30th March – see the best speakers from the  8 clubs in our area face off in the speech and evaluation contest

Snacks and treats are being provided – both sessions will be at our usual venue St Botolph’s Church, doors open 6:30pm; with plenty of guests across the 8 clubs competing.

 

International Speech Contest – club results

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On Tuesday night, we held our speech contest – great job by Rachel as Contest Chair, she was supported by Noor (Chief Judge), Ana (Sargent at Arms), Graham (Timer), Kylie (Timer), Tom P (Counter) and Tom D (Counter)  to make sure the evening went smoothly. We also wish to thank all the judges visiting from other clubs.
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In the Evaluation Contest – evaluating the mystery speech by Tom Donnelly (Holborn Speakers) entitled “Lad Culture”. The competitors were:
  • Christine Harris
  • Leigh Clark
  • Felicitas Weber
  • Ga Lok Chung
  • Leanne Wenham
  • Paul Rocks
The Evaluation contest was won by Ga Lok Chung
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In the Speech Contest, the competitors with their speech titles were:
  • Marcelo Prado – Cloud Computing
  • Ga Lok Chung – Set The Bar
  • Paul Rocks – The Elephant In The Room
  • Christine Harris – Are you experiencing network connectivity problems?
The Speech contest was won by Ga Lok Chung
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Well done to Ga Lok who will be representing the club at the Area 58 contest on Weds 30th March @ St Botolph’s Church – home advantage! We hope that people can come along to support Ga Lok and also help during the evening as a judge other functionaries.
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Next Tues 29th March, just after the Bank Holiday Weekend will be our regular meeting and we look forward to seeing you there.

1st of March Meeting Highlights

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Paul opened the meeting and also reminded everyone that that International Speech contest season has kicked off, our own club contest will be at the next meeting on Tues 15th March.

Felicitas as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and highlighted that the first of March is a special day of celebration for many countries around the world.

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

Leanne our Grammarian, with her word of the day “Euphoric”.

Leigh was our Table Topics Master, using key news stories and anecdotes as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Charlotte was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 9 table topics!

Dimos; introduced our new guests for the evening. Dimos will also be appearing in an amateur production coming soon.

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

  • Johnny – a guest from First London club, with his speech “The Power of 1” (Tian)
  • Noor – “Challenges of Being a Social Entrepreneur”  (Jack)
  • Hugh – “Icebreaker 2: Supersize Hugh” (Ana)
  • Paul – Diffusing Verbal Criticism (Ga Lok)

Despite the cold, it was a lively and action packed meeting; congratulations to Hugh for completing his Competent Communicator manual; Johnny winning best speech, Ga Lok winning best evaluator and Darrell who won best table topic.

Next meeting Tues 15th March, where it will be contest night, see you all there.