Vincent Is Famous!


We have a cause for celebration…

As we all know, Vincent recently completed his Competent Communicator manual at the end of 2014 AND he then managed to get a mention in the prestigious London Toastmasters newsletter.

Click here to browse for yourself.

Well done Vincent!

Christmas Update


As the Christmas period is approaching we thought it would be a good time to update all on our meeting dates pre and post Christmas:

  • Tues 2nd December – Church meeting
  • Tues 6th January – Church meeting
  • Tues 20th Jan – Church meeting
  • Tues 3rd Feb – Church meeting
  • Tues 17th Feb – Church meeting

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!


CoLT Comittee

Area Humorous Speech Contest

It was a dull Tuesday evening at the end of summer…

CoLT members and guests enthusiastically gathered together at the usual time of 18:45 at St Boltophs.

Though there was something tangibly different about the atmosphere…

Of course, it is the clubs Humorous Speech Contest!

With some fantastic entries for both table topics and prepared speeches, Dimos and JP were respectively victorious.

Though unfortunately JP cannot make the Area Contest so Christine has kindly volunteered to stand in.

So, if you are up for a laugh, head down to our usual location next Wednesday (24/09/2014) to support Dimos and Christine.

Area Humorous Speech Contest

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014, 6:45 PM

St Botolph’s Church
Aldgate High Street EC3N 1AB, London London, GB

1 Toastmasters Attending

Dimos and Christine compete in the Area Humorous Speech Contest!

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See you there!

Let’s Do Speakers Corner

The Blank Stare…

One of the things in public speaking that unsettles many people is the audience’s Blank Stare© - a completely non-responsive audience.

That is actually the default position for most audiences and entirely natural.

The polar opposite is full on audience interaction of the sort that can make people envy speakers enduring the Blank Stare© 

And that is the sort of feedback you get when speaking to the general public.

On that note…

Area 58 is organizing a day out at the original free speech site, Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park on Sunday 20th July. The meeting point is Marble Arch at 11.00.

There will be exercises beforehand that everyone can take part in whether you choose to speak later or not

Let’s Do Speaker Corner

It will be a very entertaining day for all involved. The bonus being that it will be taking place at arguably London’s greatest park (amoungst Regents, St James’s and Victoria).

CoLT speaker gets triple award!

It’s great to see good speakers get recognised for the time and effort they put in to their club.  At the recent D71 conference in Dun Laoghaire one of City of London Toastmasters finest was recognised for achieving 3 awards in a single year!

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They Don’t Have to be Naked – Free eBook

We were contacted by a fellow Toastmaster named Ivan Wanis Ruiz from Canada, who has written an ebook on public speaking and is offering all of us a free copy.  It looks like a useful book for any Toastmaster and contains lots of hints and tips that you can use to help you through the manuals.

They Don’t Have to be Naked: A New Approach to Public Speaking That Will Help You Conquer Your Fears & Deliver Talks That Get People Talking.

They Don't have to be naked

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New Committee

Thanks to everyone who voted on Tuesday, and thanks to those who put themselves forward to be part of the committee and lead this great club over the next year.  Without further ado, i’d like to introduce the new committee….


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How to stand up for your ideas and improve speaking !?

New member Nebojsa Vidic talks about his experiences at City of London Speakers, and shares some tips for conquering Table Topics.

Take a look at the full post on his blog here:

Public Speaking Fundamentals

One of our sister Toastmasters clubs, 1st London Toastmasters, are holding a 1 day practical workshop THIS SATURDAY!

Their 1 day Public Speaking workshop for beginners will help you get a solid understanding of the basics of making a speech by learning some simple, but powerful tools and techniques. Through the workshops they create an intimate environment for complete beginners to help you explore public speaking and discover your own style.

In this packed 1 day hands-on training session you will specifically work on:

  • Understanding what nervousness is and use it to make a powerful speech
  • Using body language and eye contact like a pro
  • How to write and deliver a speech effectively

This highly successful workshop has helped many beginners change their outlook on public speaking and enjoy making speeches and presentations. We create self-belief in your ability to speak. So come experience this for yourself – please read the details below and sign up.


  • Location :             BPP, 2S t  Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8BF
  • Date/Time :         Saturday 7th June, 10.30-4PM
  • Cost:                        £25 per person

To register please go to:

May Newsletter

There’s a tear in my eye as I pen the final paragraph in this quarters newsletter.  It’s my last one as VPPR for the club, and my last contribution at the end of this committee year.  As we get ready to welcome in a new committee next month, take a read of our review of the last 3 months, and reminisce – before looking forward to the next exciting year as the best Toastmasters club in London!

City Speakers Newsletter

Ed Patmore