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

Meet and hear from the best speakers in Europe on Sat 23rd July

Registration Required 

Road to washington

Hello Toastmasters – as part of their warm up for the World Finals in Washington this Summer, District winners from across Europe are coming into London; and you’ve got a chance to meet and see them in action.

Our own member, Ga Lok Chung, as the District 91 Speech Evaluation champion will also be delivering a session so that you can give your best feedback to help these competitors become the World Champion of public speaking.

There are only 75 tickets available, registration and further details can be found below.

Road to Washington Facebook event page

Road to Washington EventZilla page

Blurb  ***

Join our ROAD TO WASHINGTON in central London, where you’ll take your public speaking to new heights.

  • You’ll learn from 4 district champions from the UK & Europe delivering their contest speeches.
  • Experience an evaluation master class with UK & Ireland evaluation champion 2016 Ga Lok Chung to take your feedback to the next level
  • Practice your evaluation skills on the champ’s speeches.
  • Loads of networking opportunities with the elite of public speaking.
  • Plus, a workshop on world championship speeches by a former district champion.

Book your ticket now at:

* * * Limited earlybird tickets are on sale for £13.99 until midnight Sunday 17th July, so save your spot now * * *

Attendees of Road to Vegas get a discounted price of £9.99

Get excited for speeches from these speaking champions –

  • Daniel Mouqué (District 59 Champion, South-East Europe)
  • Thien Trang Nyugen Phan (District 91 Champion, South UK)
  • Simon Scriver (District 71 Champion, North UK and Ireland)
  • László Szűcs (District 95 Champion, North-West Europe)

Saturday 23rd July

St Lukes Community Center, 90 Central Street, London, EC1A 4JA

1:45pm for networking, 2pm prompt event start – 6pm

See you soon!

Send any questions or queries to Alex De Jong (Event Organiser).


Talk the Talk workshop

A exciting evening on Tuesday night’s Talk the Talk Evaluation workshop, almost 40 people in attendance, representing 9 different Toastmaster clubs!

Thanks to Rachel, Marcelo, Ana and Dimos as functionaries, plus Jack with his test speech “When Michelangelo created David”.

The Fantastic Evaluation Contest Competitors:
Leanne, Gerry, Mandalina, Gos, Catherine and Leigh. Thanks to Pedro who facilaited the evaluations for evaluators slot.

Congratulations to Gos for winning best Evaluator on the night.


Ga Lok will be delivering more speech workshops over the Summer and Autumn, combining current and experimental content. hosted in other clubs.

Are YOU in the newsletter? New Leadership Committee and Evaluations Workshop

Three key things you need to know; and then the links

  1. The 2015-16 Newsletter is out, filled with all our award winners and photos from all of our meetings and socials, take a look and celebrate the success of all of our members.
  2. Following our committee election at the last meeting, the roles have been ratified. Lead by our new President Rachel De Cesaro, see page 3 of the newsletter for details of your new City of London Toastmasters committee
  3. Talk the Talk evaluation workshop will replace our normal meeting on Tues 5th July, so far 60 Toastmasters from across London have signed up so it should be an interesting event

Link to newsletter:

Link for more info and to register for evaluation workshop:

We look forward to seeing all of you in upcoming meetings and socials, if you have any questions, just get in touch.

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.


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: