Fantastic meeting last night!

We had a great meeting last night, thanks everyone for attending it.

Tom our president had a great opening and made us think of how amazing is to have the opportunity to speak in public.

Then we had a pleasure of having Ga Lok Chung, K58 area director, at our meeting as the toastmaster of the evening.

This time we didn’t vote for the best speech as there were only 2 prepared speeches, but regardless of that Darren with his love history and Shamim interpreting a play have done a great job!

We had 2 winners for the table topic: Sue and Shane and other 2 winners on the evaluation: Stephanie and Rachel.

We of course finalised the evening with drinks and a good chat!

Our next meeting is on the 1st August and we hope to see you there.

Meeting Tuesday 4th July 17

Our  meeting was very special!
– Tom opened it up as the new president for 17/18 with a powerful message;
– Table topics had the most non-linguistic related ever topics and the winner was Tim;
– Darren has delivered his ice breaker speech 👏🏻😀🎉
– Best evaluation goes to Hugh
The best speech goes To Stephanie, who inspired everyone to write down 3 things a day to be grateful for.

Thanks everyone for attending it!

Rachel De Cesaro, VP PR

Our newsletter is published

Hello everyone, the Toastmasters Year runs from July till June, so we’ve  now reached the end of the 2016-17 TM year !

It’s a been a busy time filled with meetings, contests and socials. We’ve published  the end of year newsletter that brings together the highlights; including photos, events and introducing your new committee that starts on 1st July 2017.

City of London Toastmasters Newsletter June 2017

Meeting update 20th June

Hello to a hot Toastmasters evening.

Thanks to our functionaries and speakers this evening, Tom (standing in President), Ga Lok (Toastmaster), Dimos (Timekeeper), Leanne (Grammarian), Steff (Table Topics Master), Tom (Table Topics Evaluator) and Cristelle (Sargent at Arms).

As grammarian, Leanne picked Indelible as the word of the day

Two speeches this evening:

  • Sophie: “Orion the hunter”, a guest speaker delivering a speech from her advanced Storytelling manual, speech evaluated by Ga Lok
  • Darius “Happy?”, his #2 speech project, speech evaluated by Hugh

We welcomed Alex De Jong who provided a wonderfully insightful General Evaluation of the meeting.

Congratulations to Alex for winning best table topic and Hugh for best evaluator.

Also, as we come towards the end of June, this marks the end of our Toastmasters’ year, it’s been a fantastic time of celebration and next week the end of year newsletter will be published. Keep an eye out for it and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Tues 4th July

Meeting update 6th June and club election results update

Thanks to all of our functionaries and speakers this evening.

Rachel (President), Leanne (Toastmaster), Stephanie (Timekeeper), Michael (Grammarian), Marcelo (Table Topics Master), Rachel (Table Topics Evaluator) and Chris (Sargent at Arms).

As grammarian, Michael picked Serendipitous as the word of the day

Two speeches this evening:

  • Darius: “I am change”, his icebreaker speech evaluated by Tom
  • Cristelle “Are you not sweet enough?”, her #3 speech project evaluated by Daniel

Congratulations to Ben for winning best table topic and Rachel for best evaluator.

We also had our club elections to put in place our new committee starting on the 1st of July. Congratulations to your incoming team:

  • Tom O’Toole: Club President
  • Ana Lesnaja and Felicitas Weber: Shared VP Education
  • Cristelle Delaporte: VP Membership
  • Marcelo Prado: Treasurer
  • Shamim Ahmed: Sergeant at arms
  • Rachel De Cesaro: VP mentoring and Social Media

Looking forward to seeing you in future meetings, next one is on 20th June.

Meeting update 30th May

A happy Bank Holiday to everyone at City Speakers.

In this evening Tom was standing in for President and Toastmaster for the day. Michael was our Timekeeper. Leanne was Table Topics Master with the theme of national celebrations, Ga Lok was Topics evaluator. Dimos was Sargent of Arms to introduce the guests.

We had a great speech from Stephanie – “Life in a shaky city”. This was a project #2 and gave a personal account of the impact of the earthquake hitting Christchurch. The speech was evaluated by Christine.

Congratulations to Dimos for winning best table topic with his Wrong Trousers. A shorter meeting that usual, this meant more time in the pub afterwards!

Next meeting will be Tues 6th June, see you then.


Spring Social

Improving our confidence in speaking and leadership requires a strong support network. Priding ourselves on being one of the friendliest clubs in London, last Thursday was our Spring Social at City Zebrano bar, bringing together Toastmasters from City Speakers, Broadgate and PMI clubs !

Wishing everyone a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


Meeting Update 16th May

Thanks to all of our functionaries and speakers this evening.

Rachel (President), Shamim (Toastmaster), Michael (Timekeeper), Andrew (Table Topics Master), Marcelo (Table Topics Evaluator) and Daniel (Sargent at Arms).

Four speeches this evening:

  • Cristelle: “Organisation 101”, speech evaluated by Leanne
  • Rachel “The family we choose”, speech evaluated by Christine
  • Tom “The evaluation of fear”, speech evaluated by Daniel
  • Ada “Be careful what you wish for”, speech evaluated by Brad

Congratulations to Brad for winning best table topic, Christine for best evaluator and Tom for best speech.

See you at our Spring Social on Thursday the 18th May, with our sister clubs Broadgate Speakers and PMI Speakers, this will be a more informal event to socialise and enjoy laughs with fellow Toastmasters,

Next meeting Tues 30th May

District Conference overview and results

The District 91 Conference was hosted in Southampton this year. Named the Mayflower conference, it brought together Toastmasters from across the country to “discover new worlds”. We had the pleasure of of being inspired by Mark Brown, the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking, since winning he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on 5 continents. We also heard from Mike Storkey, the Toastmasters International President who had travelled over from Australia to visit the conference; and we also had a series of workshops on a diverse set of leadership topics including: Gravitas, Mentoring and Debating.

Of course, the main events were the International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest, with Tom O’Toole  representing City of London Toastmasters as a finalist in the Evaluation contest. Both competitions were were incredible in terms of standard, everyone did very well.

The final results are:

International Speech Contest

  • 1st Simon Bucknall
  • 2nd Ola Aralepo
  • 3rd Sonia Aste

Speech Evaluation Contest

  • 1st Tazud Miah
  • 2nd Bob Nisbet
  • 3rd Charlotte Hitchings

Massive congratulations to Simon and Taz. Simon will now be preparing for his international semi-final and possibly final in Vancouver, Canada. All the best to him.

Meeting Update 2nd May plus upcoming District Conference

Rachel opened the club meeting and welcomed everyone, we had 4 brilliant speeches this evening.

Our Toastmaster was Brad, who ran the meeting and introduced the theme of the Toastmasters promise.

Cristelle was our Timekeeper to keep the meeting on time with the cards and bell.

Charlotte was our Grammarian with the word of the day Integrity

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, with unusual laws around the world, Rachel provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Daniel was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what brought them to the meeting and what they did over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Four speeches this evening:

  • Dami with his Project#4 speech: “Later”, speech evaluated by Charlotte
  • Chris with his Icebreaker speech covering Civil Engineering, Climbing and Cinema, speech evaluated by Shamim
  • Michael with his Icebreaker speech that covered new laws he would introduce, speech evaluated by Leanne
  • Sean with his competition speech: “Every Little Helps: Even Me!”, speech evaluated by Marcelo

Congratulations to joint winners Dami and Ankit for winning best table topic, Leanne for best evaluator and Dami again for best speech. Great icebreaker speeches from Chris and Michael.

We are planning a Spring Social on Thursday the 18th May, with our sister clubs Broadgate Speakers and PMI Speakers, this will be a more informal event to socialise and enjoy laughs with fellow Toastmasters, please keep the date in your diary and more details will be sent out soon.

This weekend will be the District Conference, hosting workshops with world champions and of course the speech contest and evaluation contest. All the best Sean and Tom who will be presenting Division K. Details at:

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tues 16th May. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm