Monthly Archives: January 2017

Meeting update 17th Jan and key announcements for February

A fantastic meeting with lots of guests wanting to improve their public speaking and 2 great speeches this evening. A few important announcements before the meeting report:

  • As we have 5 Tuesdays in January, the next meeting will be on Tues 31st January
  • On Tues 7th February, our normal meeting will be replaced by a workshop: The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation delivered by Brad Revell
  • On Tues 21st February, will be our club Speech and Evaluation contest, the winners will go onto the Area contest as part of the International Speech contest season
  • In March, Tues 7th March will be back to our regular meeting

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Our Toastmaster was Leanne, opening the meeting to welcome everyone and making sure the evening ran smoothly

Marcelo was our timekeeper, explaining the importance to making sure we stick to within the allocated time.

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, using new year’s resolutions as the theme  for people to tell their stories, Rachel provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Kirsty was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what they wanted to achieve in 2017.

Two speeches this evening:

  • Shamim with an advanced speech project from the Interpretive Reading Manual: “The Raven”, speech evaluated by Marcelo
  • Ana with her #10 Speech Project: “Be Proactive”, speech evaluated by Tom

We also had Eoin, visiting from Broadgate Speakers club, who provided an insightful General Evaluation.

Congratulations to Ana for completing her competent communicator manual, Shamim on reading an emotive poem, Tom for winning best table topic topic on talking to kids and Marcelo for best evaluator.

Upcoming Workshop – The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation

In preparation for the upcoming contest season, 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 7th February.

Details below:

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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 running up in Division K.

When: Tuesday 7th February 2017, 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!

A happy New Year to our Toastmasters – meeting update 3rd Jan

Welcome back everyone from the festive break, and we hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. This evening we also welcomed many new guests, who had improving public speaking as their resolution for this year !

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Our Toastmaster was Tom, opening the meeting to welcome everyone and making sure the evening ran smoothly

Doris was our timekeeper, explaining the importance to making sure we stick to within the allocated time.

Leanne was our Table Topics Master, using opening line of a book for people to tell their stories, Ga Lok provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Ana was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what was their favourite festive food.

Two speeches this evening:

  • Kirsty with a project #4 How to Say it Speech: “A load of old rubbish”, speech evaluated by Marcelo
  • Brad with an advanced speech project: “Cloud Computing as we know it”, speech evaluated by William, a visiting Toastmaster from Florida, USA.

We also had Alfredo, visiting from London Public Speakers club, who provided an insightful General Evaluation.

Congratulations to Brad for winning best table topic topic, where is received received a text message from the Queen for his tea making skills, and Ga Lok for best evaluator.

Next meeting will be on Tues 17th Jan; and and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.