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 !


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


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.


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.

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: committee@cityoflondontoastmasters.org

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.


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.


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.


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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/toastmasters-division-k-october-2016-conference-and-contest-tickets-28486159871?aff=es2

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