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Workshop Update: The Presentation Lifecycle: From Ideation to Preparation

A full house this evening as we welcomed our members, Toastmasters from other clubs and guests for Brad Revell’s Presentation Lifecycle workshop. Covering the steps from ideation, development, preparation, presentation, feedback to reflection; this will inspire our attendees as they prepare for their next speeches.

Also, Ga Lok gave a short session on how to prepare for the Evaluation contest; together with Brad’s insights we hope this encourage everyone as we approach the International Speech and Evaluation contest.

PDF of presentation notes will be sent to attendees, if you have any questions, please get in touch at: committee@cityoflondontoastmasters.org

A reminder that our next meeting, Tues 21st February, we will be hosting our club contest. All guests are still welcome and we will be joined by visiting judges from other clubs. See you then.

Meeting update 31st Jan

What a way to end January, with fantastic speeches and plenty guests visiting the club.

Rachel opened the club meeting as President, she also reminded everyone that our February meetings will run differently though all members and guests are welcome to attend.

  • 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

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

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

Doris was our Grammarian, choosing Cornucopia, meaning a symbol of abundance and nourishment as the word of the day.

Felicitas was our Table Topics Master, using existing start up solutions as the theme for people to tell their stories, Ga Lok provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Tom was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what they liked about London.

Three speeches this evening:

  • Leanne with an advanced speech project from the Interpretive Reading Manual: “This Book will Save your Life”, speech evaluated by Tom
  • Kirsty with her #5 Speech Project: “Time to Change”, speech evaluated by Rachel
  • Ga Lok with an advanced speech project from the Persuasive Speaking Manual: “Complement My Compliments”, speech evaluated by Tomasz

Congratulations to Andrew for winning best table topic on Church ride throughs, Tom for best evaluator and Ga Lok for best speech.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the workshop on the 7th February. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm

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.

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.

Festive Greetings from City Speakers

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It’s been another successful year at our Toastmasters club, 2016 welcomed many visiting guests, new members who completed their icebreakers and several public speaking awards for our outstanding members.

As the best and friendliest club in London, we ended our year with the Christmas social of curries and beers at Brick Lane to celebrate our success.

A reminder that we are now finished for 2016 and so there will be no meeting on Tues 20th December. Our next meeting will be Tues 3rd January 2017, usual place and time.

Whatever you are up to, have a fantastic Christmas and New Year break, from all os us in the club committee and members at City of London Toastmasters club.

Meeting update 15th Nov

A wet November Toastmasters meeting. Today’s session was more impromptu due the the rescheduling of the presentation workshop. Thanks to everyone in the club who quickly filled the roles.

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Our Toastmaster was Kirsty, ensuring the meeting ran smoothly. Rachel was the timer, Anna was the Grammarian and Dimos was our Table Topics Master. Jack was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests.

Anna also delivered her speech 9 project: Escape Your Everyday.

Table Topics evaluator was Tom, and Ga Lok evaluated Anna’s speech.

We also had Tomasz, our Area 58 Director visit and provide an insightful General Evaluation.

Photo: Rachel best Table Topic, Ga Lok best evaluator and Anna who is one speech project away from completing her CC !

Next meeting will be on Tues 29th Nov; and Tues 6th December will be our club social, a Christmas themed dinner party.

District 91 Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest results

A brilliant District 91 convention on Saturday 5th November, filled with insight, meeting old and new Toastmasters of which some had traveled from other continents and of course laughing at some great jokes.

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Thien Trang started the morning with very funny and heartfelt keynote speech on her journey to becoming this year’s District 91 Speech champion and her success in the world finals in Washington (placed in top 10 in the world!).

In the contests, due to huge membership growth over the year, District 91 has now expanded to 7 Divisions, each one providing a Humorous Speech champion and a Table Topics champion – these champions have won their respective Club, Area and then Division contests to get to this final. One of our members, Leanne had succeeded through all these rounds in the Table Topics contest and we were cheering her on to go for the District title.

The quality of speeches this year was outstanding and huge congratulations to everyone who took part. The results are as follows:

Humorous Speech Contest competitors (in speaking order)

  • Richard Day – Education, Education, Education
  • Ian Hawkins – A big, little country
  • Angela Meringolo – I am a single lady
  • Sean little – TRM made me a man
  • Dallas Leigh-Martene – Jump
  • Mark Pratt – Top tips for top public speaking
  • Gareth McHale – Flop

Table Topics Contest Competitors (in speaking order – with the impromptu topic: “With culture obsessed with youth, is there a place for age and experience?”)

  • Chris Boden
  • Leanne Wenham
  • Daniel Broadbent
  • Jamie Jai
  • Steve Dance
  • David Saer
  • Andrew Klimaytys

And the results for the Humorous Speech Contest:

  • Winner: Dallas Leigh-Marlene
  • Second Place: Sean Little
  • Third Place: Gareth McHale

And the results for the Table Topics Contest:

  • Winner: Andrew Kilmaytys
  • Second Place: David Saer
  • Third Place: Steven Dance

Whilst she didn’t place, it was a great performance from Leanne who did our club proud.

The next conference will be in Southampton 5th-7th May 2017, hosting the International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contest. Details will be sent out soon.

Meeting notes 1st Nov

I hope everyone had a great Halloween over the weekend. This evening we had a “communication” packed Toastmasters meeting.

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Rachel opened up the meeting as Club President and we have 3 exciting things coming up over the next few weeks:

  • Leanne representing our club at the District Contest this Saturday 5th Nov – we wish her all the best
  • Brad will be delivering his Presentation Lifecycle workshop on 15th Nov
  • Our club Christmas social will be on Tues 6th December, starting with a short table topics session, we will then head over the restaurant for meal, drinks and laughs

Our Toastmaster this evening was Charlotte, making sure the right people, spoke at the right time on the right topic.

Time was monitored by Darius, he is a new member and he did an outstanding job in his first role.

Kirsty was our Grammarian, choosing “Transmogrify” as the word of the day, which referred to transforming in a surprising or magical manner.

Leanne introduced our new guests for the evening.

Rachel was our Table Topics Master, with a secret bag of items as theme for the evening.

Ana was our Table Topics Evaluator, giving our guests and members lots of feedback.

We had 3 great speeches tonight at the start of the second half (their speech evaluators in brackets):

  • Brad – “The Pen is mightier than the Keyboard” – An advanced technical speech project on how you capture information affects how well you recall it (Marcelo)
  • Ada – “Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam” – A project #3 speech on communication and broadening your horizons through language learning (Simonetta)
  • Ga Lok– “The Accidental Handshake” – An advanced speech on how to have to make a better 2nd/3rd impression and the perils (Tom)

Congratulations to Ada for best speaker, Simonetta for best evaluator and Brad + Kirsty with their best table topic selling their mysterious wares.

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.

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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:  http://d91toastmasters.org.uk/conference/

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.

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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:

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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 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!