Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.