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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).


Are YOU in the newsletter? New Leadership Committee and Evaluations Workshop

Three key things you need to know; and then the links

  1. The 2015-16 Newsletter is out, filled with all our award winners and photos from all of our meetings and socials, take a look and celebrate the success of all of our members.
  2. Following our committee election at the last meeting, the roles have been ratified. Lead by our new President Rachel De Cesaro, see page 3 of the newsletter for details of your new City of London Toastmasters committee
  3. Talk the Talk evaluation workshop will replace our normal meeting on Tues 5th July, so far 60 Toastmasters from across London have signed up so it should be an interesting event

Link to newsletter:

Link for more info and to register for evaluation workshop:

We look forward to seeing all of you in upcoming meetings and socials, if you have any questions, just get in touch.

19th April Meeting highlights


Paul opened the meeting, reflecting on the importance of growth within Toastmasters.

Marcelo as Toastmaster welcomed everyone and expertly guided the meeting this evening.

Tom D was our timekeeper; reminding us the importance of time.

Jack was our Table Topics Master, using the theme of emotions as the basis for impromptu speaking for our members and guests.

Leanne was our Topics Evaluator; giving encouragement and feedback to all 8 table topics!

Rachel; introduced our new guests for the evening.

We had 2 great speeches tonight (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Scott– “How Diversity Affects Netflix” – a thoroughly engaging and insightful talk around the benefits of having diversity to solve problems (Charlotte)
  • Tian – “The 93%” – Turning the concept of a speech on it’s head, that content is only 7% of a speech (Paul)

It was a lively and Spring fresh meeting; congratulations to  Ga Lok winning best Table Topic and Leanne who won best Evaluator.

Peter, the Area 58 Director also visited to present Ga Lok with the Area 58 Evaluation contest winner award . Ga Lok will be representing Area 58 in the Division K contest this Saturday 23rd April. It’s a full day event with workshops, networking and of course the speech and evaluation contest. Free to all members, more details and registration can be found here

Next meeting Tues 3rd May, see you all there.

Area 58 results and details of next Division contest – International Speech Contest


On Weds 30th April, St Botolph’s hosted the Area 58 International Speech contest. Comprised of 8 clubs; it was going to be a very competitive evening as the winners of each club in the Area delivered their speeches.

Ga Lok Chung, having won both club contests on 15th March was representing City of London Toastmasters in the Speech contest and the Evaluation contest.

The Results:

  • Ga Lok won 1st Place in the Evaluation contest (now a hat-trick of Area 58 wins since 2014)
  • Ga Lok placed 3rd Place in the Speech contest (1st place went to Jonathan Garrett from First London Toastmasters club)

Ga Lok and Jonathan will now progress to the next round to represent the Area at the Division contest.

Division K Contest details

  • It will be on Saturday 23rd April
  • Hosted at the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf
  • The day will be a mixture of speech workshops as well as the two contests
  • Registration details on EventBrite will be sent out soon


All the best to Ga Lok as he competes against the best speakers in London in a few weeks time.

Quick reminder for Tues and Weds

Happy Easter – this week we have a double treat:

  • Regular meeting on Tuesday 29th March
  • Area contest on Wednesday 30th March – see the best speakers from the  8 clubs in our area face off in the speech and evaluation contest

Snacks and treats are being provided – both sessions will be at our usual venue St Botolph’s Church, doors open 6:30pm; with plenty of guests across the 8 clubs competing.


The 2015 CoLT Newsletter has arrived

Highlights of the fantastic year and what we will be looking forward to in the coming months.

June 2015 CoLT Newsletter

Ga Lok

Club President