Monthly Archives: October 2016

Congratulations Leanne and Brad

A brilliant Division K contest, filled with hilarious speeches; Brad and Leanne had won the Area 58 contest and were now representing our club on Saturday

The results:

Brad, with his speech “The Rules of Engagement” came 3rd place.

Leanne, answering the table topic “Should public transport be free?” gave an original and thought provoking answer that it depends on whether it was good value for money, contrasting her experiences inside and outside of London. Leanne came First place and is our Division K champion.

fullsizerender-1 fullsizerender

The final:

Leanne will now compete at the highest level for Table Topics, the District contest on Saturday 5th November. Sean Little, who won the Humorous Speech contest will also represent Division K.

Details of the contest can be found at:

It’s in Woking, just 30 mins outside London, it will be great to get as many members as we can to cheer Leanne on!

CANCELLED – New workshop – The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation

Update: 11/11/2016

Due to unfortunate circumstances, this workshop on Tues 15th Nov is cancelled and will be replaced by a regular meeting. Once this workshop is re-scheduled, we will post an update on the details.


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.