New workshop – The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation

City of London Toastmasters are delighted to host this workshop for those looking for inspiration for their next speech. Note, this replaces our regular meeting on Tues 15th Nov. Details below:


Do you think coming up with a speech idea is hard? What about preparing to present that idea? Finding the right idea or topic that resonates AND preparing for the presentation isn’t easy for most of us. What if there was a different approaches that required less time with reduced complexity?

The presentation lifecycle is a six stage process where you work through ideation, development, preparation, presentation, feedback and reflection. In this workshop we will go through the first three stages. The first stage will help you with an approach in generating ideas for speech topics. The second stage aids you in the development of a speech. The last stage will provide you with a set of tools in preparing, memorising and rehearsing your speech so that you’re ready to ace your presentation!

The workshop will be delivered by Brad Revell, he has been a Toastmaster for over 13 years with clubs in Australia, Asia, USA and now the UK. He has presented to many Fortune Global 500 C-Level Executives all over the world. On top of his day job in Management Consulting, Brad has been a DJ, a Group Fitness Instructor, a Speed Reading Teacher and continues to consume 75+ non-fiction books a year. Brad is the current Area 58 champion for humorous speaking and will be competing in Division K on Saturday 22nd October.

When: Tuesday 15th November 2016, from 7pm to 9pm.

Where: St Botolph’s Aldgate, Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AB

City of London is looking forward to seeing you there, and there is no need to register, just turn up!

Meeting notes 18th Oct and reminder for this Saturday

A happy mid-October to everyone. We had plenty of guests this evening but lower than expected regular members. A quick note of thanks to Leanne, Ana, Ada, Tom and Ga Lok for running today’s meeting.


A massive congratulations to Shamim who completed his Competent Communicator Manual with his 10th speech to Inspire the Audience “Children without Borders”. Also well done to Kirsty who delivered her second speech “V is for Vegan”

Our other winners this evening were Kirsty for Best Table Topic and Tom for Best Evaluator.

A reminder that this Saturday, Brad and Leanne will be representing our club at the Division K Humorous Speech and Table Topic contest this Saturday. It will be held at the Wesley Euston Hotel; there will also be workshops, a raffle and a chance to mingle with Toastmasters from across London. All details can be found at

Otherwise, we will see you at the next meeting on Tues 1st November.

Area 58 Champions – Congratulations Brad and Leanne

A double victory for City of London Toastmasters as Brad won the Humorous Speech contest and Leanne won the Table Topics contest. They were up against tough competition against the best club speakers in Area 58 and they showed them how brilliant they were. Brad and Leanne will now represent the Club and Area at the  Division K contest on Saturday 22nd Oct. Details further below.





Area 58 Contest details:

Humorous Speech Contest (in speaking order)

  • Ranny Russell
  • David Goodman
  • Jodiann Gayle (Runner Up)
  • Brad Revell (Winner)

Table Topics Contest (in speaking order)

If you could brainwash anyone, who would that be and why? (they can be alive or dead)

  • Kendall Parmar (Runner Up)
  • Andrew Hodgett (Third place)
  • Ehime Enahoro
  • Leann Wenham (Winner)
  • Project Patel

What’s next?

The next round will be the Division K contest on Saturday 22nd October, at the Wesley Hotel near Euston. If will be a fun packed afternoon of workshops, a raffle and of course the two contest to determine who will go onto the national finals. Please register at:

Have a great week

Meeting Notes 4th October

A warm welcome to all of our members who renewed and and we had more than 10 guests this evening to discover Toastmasters.


Rachel opened up the meeting as Club President.

Our Toastmaster this evening was Hugh, who managed to fit in the word of the day many many times.

Time was monitored by Leanne, with all our timing cards.

Brad was our Grammarian, choosing “Cabal as the word of the day, which referred to groups.

Christine introduced our new guests for the evening as well as sharing her own experience in becoming a member of Toastmasters.

Shamim was our Table Topics Master, picking news topics as the theme for the evening.

Kirsty was our Table Topics Evaluator, with a whopping 8 evaluations so that guests and members received lots of feedback.

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

  • Simonetta – “The Power of DNA tests” – A project #2 detailing her experienced of testing for illnesses (Ana)
  • Ada – “The bitter truth about sugar” – Another project #2 speech on the dangerous effects of too much sugar (Marcelo)
  • Doris– “5 years in the making” – Her icebreaker speaker to introduce her to the club and it’s taken a long time to get here (Tom)

Congratulations to Ada for best speaker, Tom for best evaluator and Andrew with best table topic defending pigeons.

A reminder that Brad and Leanne will be representing the club at the Area level humorous speech and table topic contest on Mon 10th October at the London Law school, near Moorgate. Everyone is encouraged to come along to cheer them on to success.

You can register here:

Have a great week.

Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest results

Hello Everyone and what a brilliant competition we had this evening.

For the humorous speech contest our competitors were:

  • Hugh McCarthy – A necklace of defeats
  • Brad Revell – Rules of Engagement
  • Jack Tomlin – The Night That Saved My Career

For the table topics contest, where our competitors were asked: if they stepped onto a bus which could take them anywhere, where would they go and what would they do?

  • Hugh McCarthy
  • Dami Sangobiyi
  • Dimos Mouskovias
  • Leanne Wenham
  • Christine Harris

A massive congratulations to:

  • Brad for winning the speech contest
  • Leanne for winning the table topics contest


Both of our club representatives will now go onto the Area contest on Mon 10th October to compete against the winners of the other clubs in our area. We will send a reminder closer to the time on the location and times of the contest so that we can cheer Brad and Leanne on.

A special thanks to all of our helpers to make this evening happen – Rachel and Leanne as organisers, Graham and Kirsty as timekeepers, Ada and Ann-Madeleine as counters, Simonetta as our Sargent of Arms. Plus all of the judges from other clubs for visiting.

Our next meeting will be on Tues 4th October, look forward to seeing you then.

Meetings, upcoming contest and membership renewal deadline


Congratulations to Jack  for best Table Topic Speaker and Christine for Best Evaluator this week. Well done to Simonetta and Kirsty who completed their Ice Breaker speeches during the meeting this week.


A reminder that the next meeting on Tues 20th September will be our humourous speech and table topics contest – the winners will then go onto represent our club at the area contest and may then go all the way to the national finals.

If you are a current member, then you are eligible to compete, please get in touch with President Rachel.


Also a reminder about about your renewal (in case you haven’t done it yet) which is due now on the 23rd of September.

We would be thrilled to have you with us for another great year of improvement on your communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.

As you are an existing member, the annual renewal fee cost as little as £80, and it will last until Sept 2017!

The fees cover hiring of the church venue, the fee to Toastmasters International USA, to maintain our affiliation to Toastmasters, and the rest is available to be used throughout the year by our club, organising special events (coming very soon) and paying for club supplies amongst other things.

Payment must be made in full, and please be aware of our deadline, so we can process them before the Toastmasters International renewal deadline.

Any questions can be sent to

Have a great week ahead

Meeting notes Tues 30th August

Welcome back everyone from your Bank holiday break. It’s the 5th Tuesday of the month and therefore an extra Toastmasters meeting !!!


Rachel opened up the meeting as Club President, welcoming people back from their Summer breaks.

Our Toastmaster this evening was Leanne, she stepped into the role at late notice and stewarded the meeting with great success.

Time was monitored by Ga Lok, who mentioned the impatience you might feel when becoming a Londoner.

Simonetta, a new member taking on her first functionary role at the club was our Grammarian, choosing “Bravery” as the word of the day and offering a refreshing summary of well chosen words, plus a count of ums and ahhs.

Dami introduced our new guests for the evening as well as sharing his own experience in becoming a member of Toastmasters.

Due to constraints on time with a packed agenda, there were no table topics tonight but they will return in our next meeting !

We had 4 great speeches tonight at the start of the second half (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Ana – “Ben Nevis” – A project #8 detailing her love of hiking, her boots and her trip to Ben Nevis (Christine)
  • Brad – “Video killed the radio star” – An advanced speech detailing the importance of recording yourself to become a better speaker (Dami)
  • Amy – “A night to remember” – Visiting from Sheffield Speakers, her fact filled speech about the Titanic (Rachel)
  • Shibesh  – “24 hours city” – Visiting from PMI Speakers, his project #2 speech on the night tube opening up (Leanne)

We also had Tomasz, the Area 58 Director providing feedback on the whole meeting as General Evaluator.

Congratulations this evening to Amy, winning best speaker with her confession that she is a “Titani-rac”. She heads back up North at the end of the Summer and we wish her well.

Our next meeting is on Tues 6th September. Don’t forget that the annual membership fees are due plus we have the Humorous speech coming up on 20th September. We are also planning our Autumn social to celebrate another of year of renewals, all suggestions on location are welcome.

Please email : if you have any questions.

Have a great week.

Congratulations Thein (World Semi Final winner) + fingers crossed for today

The Toastmasters Global conference in Washington this year is in full flow, brining together the best speakers from around the world and hosting the International Speech Contest.

On Thursday, Thein Trang Nguyen Phan from St Paul’s Speakers in London; won her International Semi Final round, placing her as one of the top 10 speakers in the world ! The final is on today and all UK Toastmasters will be cheering her on. After winning the District 91 Speech contest back in May, she has been getting better and better in preparation for this contest.

Picture of her win and details of the other 9 finalists below; you can follow all the updates on the Toastmasters website and the UK Toastmasters Facebook page will be specifically tracking Thein’s progress.

Semifinal 1 winner: Katina Hunter (D13)
Semifinal 2 winner: Donald Crandell (D39)
Semifinal 3 winner: Elliott Eddie (D66)
Semifinal 4 winner: Thein Trang Nguyen Phan (D91)
Semifinal 5 winner: Aaron Beverly (D18)
Semifinal 6 winner: Kim Kaufman (D54)
Semifinal 7 winner: Sherwood Jones (D1)
Semifinal 8 winner: Kaishika Rodrigo (D82)
Semifinal 9 winner: Darren Tay Wen Jie (D80)
Semifinal 10 winner: Josephine Lee (DF)

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A big welcome to all the guests

A very happy Summer sunshine. The holiday season meant we ran a shorter meeting this evening, however this did not deter the wonderful guests of which we had nearly 20 people coming to find out about Toastmasters and our club.

Thanks to Christoph, Amanda, Leigh, Ada and Shamim who took on key roles and helped the meeting run smoothly.

Congratulations to our guest, Nicholas for Winning Best Table Topic speaker, and to Leigh who gave an advanced speech relating to statistics and death; this was both entertaining and educational.

The post meeting drinks at the Hoop and Grapes was great fun with our guests, and I’m proud that we are one of the most friendly and social clubs in London.

Next meeting will be Tues 30th August, just after the Bank Holiday – see you then !


Upcoming workshops to improve your skills and latest meeting notes


The final month of Summer is upon us, why not enjoy the sunshine and support you development with the following workshops coming up:

SPEAKING OFF THE CUFF WORKSHOP on Mon 8th  August @ University of Law, London

The business world and work environment is changing at an alarming late and becoming more demanding than ever! Long gone are the days when employers hired only based on technical skills. Besides, with very many changes happening in the economy and job market in the recent past, you need to sharpen your negotiations and selling  skills MORE than EVER before. These days  good communication skills is a must have DNA! To help you improve on your impromptu speaking skills, 1st London are hosting a free workshop which is open to everyone. Register at:

Toastmasters Leadership Institute on Tues 13th August @ Wesley Hotel near Euston, London

Division B & Division K with support of District 91 have collaborated to deliver London’s first ever Leadership Institute! Equip yourself with key skills to become a better leader at the club level and in your professional life.

  • Teambuilding & teamwork for club committees
  • How to create a quality club
  • Effective planning and goalsetting for success

Register at:

Earlier this week we had an active meeting, hearing 2 inspiring speeches (their speech evaluators in brackets):

Dami S – “Habits” An overview of why we have habits and how can we build good habits to improve our lives (Marcelo)

Tom T – “BE SUAVE” An acronym for a memory enhancement technique, specifically to help recall names and build better relationships (Leanne)

With thanks to Dimos our Toastmasters, Tom P our Timekeeper, Ga Lok our Topics Master, Rachel our Topics Evaluator and Jack our Sargent at Arms.

Congratulations to Marcus for winning Best Table Topic speaker “in charge of the big door” and Leanne for winning best evaluator.

Next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th August, usual place St Botolph’s Church, usual doors open at 6:30pm

Aug meeting