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Our meeting on 15th August

Our meeting last Tuesday was great fun, very informative and with quite a few guests, which we love to have around as much as the members;)

What also made this evening very special was members delivering a role for the first time: Cristelle as Toastmasters, Charlene as Timekeeper, Tim as Sergeant at arms and Darren as Grammarian. Well done guys for putting yourself out there, you have done an excellent job!

We had a few Debate topics during the first half of the meeting and the winner was Sue who made great use of storytelling. Best evaluator went to Kirsty evaluating Daniel’s speech, and Daniel did an amazing job with his powerful ‘ You will get there’ speech and won the best speech of the evening.

Thanks everyone for participating and we are looking forward to seeing you on the 29th.



Hello fellow Toastmasters!

Are you ready to extend your skills even further and still have lots of fun? If your answer is YES and I hope it is, here is your chance!

On 5th September we will be holding our TABLE TOPICS AND HUMOROUS SPEECH CONTEST at our normal venue and it is going to be an entertaining evening!

There is no barrier to entry, as long as you are a member you can either participate or help out running the contest on the night.

You can participate in different ways:

1- By taking part of the context – You are free to enter both contests, in fact, we encourage it


  1. As with a normal session of table topics, you will be given a random topic.
  2. Prior to the start of the contest, participants will be briefed on the rules and draw for the running order.
  3. All participants will be given the same topic.
  4. All participants will be asked to leave the room at the start of the contest and the topic will be given upon re-entry (so you don’t hear other speakers before your turn).
  5. The minimum time is 1min and 30secs and maximum permitted is 2min 30secs (there will be a timekeeper there, as usual, to signal – Green (1min), Amber (1.30min) and Red (2mins).


  1. Essentially a funny speech with your own content.
  2. Minimum time 4mins and 30secs and maximum permitted is 7mins 30secs (there will be a timekeeper there, as usual, to signal – Green (5mins), Amber (6mins) and Red (7mins).
  3. Prior to the start of the contest, participants will be briefed on the rules and draw for the running order.

The contest itself also showcases our club to the wider toastmasters community. There will be 5 external judges from other clubs (other toastmasters like our good selves), so the winner will be determined by very fair scoring criteria.

2- Helping to run the Contest

Please put yourself forward if you do not wish to enter the contest and want to help out on the night. There are a number of roles to fill. As follows:

  1. Contest Chair for one or both of the contests
  2. Chief judge
  3. A Tiebreaking judge
  4. Two counters
  5. Two Timers
  6. Sergeant at arms

Please note that you cannot participate in both contests if you have any functionary role in the evening. You can sign up for the roles or contest participation on Easyspeak or respond to this email and let us know your preference.

We are counting on you to make this evening a remarkable one!


A summary of our 1st meeting in August 2017

We can’t get enough!Yet another incredible meeting 👏🏻👏🏻
We had a full agenda with 4 amazing speeches:
-Brad spoke on Easyspeaker, completing another advanced manual- congratulations!
-Charlotte informed us on open dialogue on mental health;
-Cristelle inspired everyone to be brave and step outside their comfort zone;
-and Tom touched our heart with his personal story- HIS SPEECH WAS THE WINNER, well done!
Congratulations also to Saloomeh for Best Table Topic speech on her male version and Michael and Hugh for sharing best evaluators!

Thanks everyone that took on a role – you were awesome!

Guests and members, we hope to see you all at our next meeting on the 15th August!

Fantastic meeting last night!

We had a great meeting last night, thanks everyone for attending it.

Tom our president had a great opening and made us think of how amazing is to have the opportunity to speak in public.

Then we had a pleasure of having Ga Lok Chung, K58 area director, at our meeting as the toastmaster of the evening.

This time we didn’t vote for the best speech as there were only 2 prepared speeches, but regardless of that Darren with his love history and Shamim interpreting a play have done a great job!

We had 2 winners for the table topic: Sue and Shane and other 2 winners on the evaluation: Stephanie and Rachel.

We of course finalised the evening with drinks and a good chat!

Our next meeting is on the 1st August and we hope to see you there.

Meeting Tuesday 4th July 17

Our  meeting was very special!
– Tom opened it up as the new president for 17/18 with a powerful message;
– Table topics had the most non-linguistic related ever topics and the winner was Tim;
– Darren has delivered his ice breaker speech 👏🏻😀🎉
– Best evaluation goes to Hugh
The best speech goes To Stephanie, who inspired everyone to write down 3 things a day to be grateful for.

Thanks everyone for attending it!

Rachel De Cesaro, VP PR

Meeting update 6th June and club election results update

Thanks to all of our functionaries and speakers this evening.

Rachel (President), Leanne (Toastmaster), Stephanie (Timekeeper), Michael (Grammarian), Marcelo (Table Topics Master), Rachel (Table Topics Evaluator) and Chris (Sargent at Arms).

As grammarian, Michael picked Serendipitous as the word of the day

Two speeches this evening:

  • Darius: “I am change”, his icebreaker speech evaluated by Tom
  • Cristelle “Are you not sweet enough?”, her #3 speech project evaluated by Daniel

Congratulations to Ben for winning best table topic and Rachel for best evaluator.

We also had our club elections to put in place our new committee starting on the 1st of July. Congratulations to your incoming team:

  • Tom O’Toole: Club President
  • Ana Lesnaja and Felicitas Weber: Shared VP Education
  • Cristelle Delaporte: VP Membership
  • Marcelo Prado: Treasurer
  • Shamim Ahmed: Sergeant at arms
  • Rachel De Cesaro: VP mentoring and Social Media

Looking forward to seeing you in future meetings, next one is on 20th June.

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:


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!

Change to Tuesday 15th Nov workshop/meeting

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the “The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation” workshop by Brad Revell on Tues 15th Nov is now cancelled.

However, we will be running a regular meeting, so as usual, doors open at 6:30pm to members and guests. Our committee is working hard in the background to make the late adjustments so that we have our usual fantastic meeting ; please bear with us with the change and if you have any questions, you can get in touch at:

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

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).