Meeting Update 16th May

Thanks to all of our functionaries and speakers this evening.

Rachel (President), Shamim (Toastmaster), Michael (Timekeeper), Andrew (Table Topics Master), Marcelo (Table Topics Evaluator) and Daniel (Sargent at Arms).

Four speeches this evening:

  • Cristelle: “Organisation 101”, speech evaluated by Leanne
  • Rachel “The family we choose”, speech evaluated by Christine
  • Tom “The evaluation of fear”, speech evaluated by Daniel
  • Ada “Be careful what you wish for”, speech evaluated by Brad

Congratulations to Brad for winning best table topic, Christine for best evaluator and Tom for best speech.

See you at our Spring Social on Thursday the 18th May, with our sister clubs Broadgate Speakers and PMI Speakers, this will be a more informal event to socialise and enjoy laughs with fellow Toastmasters,

Next meeting Tues 30th May

District Conference overview and results

The District 91 Conference was hosted in Southampton this year. Named the Mayflower conference, it brought together Toastmasters from across the country to “discover new worlds”. We had the pleasure of of being inspired by Mark Brown, the 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking, since winning he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on 5 continents. We also heard from Mike Storkey, the Toastmasters International President who had travelled over from Australia to visit the conference; and we also had a series of workshops on a diverse set of leadership topics including: Gravitas, Mentoring and Debating.

Of course, the main events were the International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest, with Tom O’Toole  representing City of London Toastmasters as a finalist in the Evaluation contest. Both competitions were were incredible in terms of standard, everyone did very well.

The final results are:

International Speech Contest

  • 1st Simon Bucknall
  • 2nd Ola Aralepo
  • 3rd Sonia Aste

Speech Evaluation Contest

  • 1st Tazud Miah
  • 2nd Bob Nisbet
  • 3rd Charlotte Hitchings

Massive congratulations to Simon and Taz. Simon will now be preparing for his international semi-final and possibly final in Vancouver, Canada. All the best to him.

Meeting Update 2nd May plus upcoming District Conference

Rachel opened the club meeting and welcomed everyone, we had 4 brilliant speeches this evening.

Our Toastmaster was Brad, who ran the meeting and introduced the theme of the Toastmasters promise.

Cristelle was our Timekeeper to keep the meeting on time with the cards and bell.

Charlotte was our Grammarian with the word of the day Integrity

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, with unusual laws around the world, Rachel provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Daniel was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what brought them to the meeting and what they did over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Four speeches this evening:

  • Dami with his Project#4 speech: “Later”, speech evaluated by Charlotte
  • Chris with his Icebreaker speech covering Civil Engineering, Climbing and Cinema, speech evaluated by Shamim
  • Michael with his Icebreaker speech that covered new laws he would introduce, speech evaluated by Leanne
  • Sean with his competition speech: “Every Little Helps: Even Me!”, speech evaluated by Marcelo

Congratulations to joint winners Dami and Ankit for winning best table topic, Leanne for best evaluator and Dami again for best speech. Great icebreaker speeches from Chris and Michael.

We are planning a Spring Social on Thursday the 18th May, with our sister clubs Broadgate Speakers and PMI Speakers, this will be a more informal event to socialise and enjoy laughs with fellow Toastmasters, please keep the date in your diary and more details will be sent out soon.

This weekend will be the District Conference, hosting workshops with world champions and of course the speech contest and evaluation contest. All the best Sean and Tom who will be presenting Division K. Details at:  http://springconference91.org

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tues 16th May. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm

Meeting Update 18th April plus upcoming Spring Social on 18th May

Ga Lok opened the club meeting as stand in for Rachel and welcomed everyone, we had 3 brilliant icebreaker speeches and an advanced speech this evening.

Our Toastmaster was Felicitas, who ran the  meeting and introduced the theme of change.

Andrew was our timekeeper to keep the meeting on time with the cards and bell.

Brad was our Table Topics Master, with what happened on 18th April through history as the theme, Charlotte provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Marcelo was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what brought them to the meeting

Four speeches this evening:

  • Stephanie with her Icebreaker speech: “STEF”, speech evaluated by Kirsty
  • Cristelle with her Icebreaker speech: “How fast can you get to know someone?”, speech evaluated by Tom
  • Shamim with his Advanced speech : “Date with a date”, speech evaluated by Ga Lok
  • Daniel with his Icebreaker speech: “The Icebreaker”, speech evaluated by Brad

Congratulations to Chris for winning best table topic on being Superman, Charlotte for best evaluator and Cristelle for best speech.

We are planning a Spring Social on Thursday the 18th May, with our sister club Broadgate Speakers, this will be a more informal event to socialise and enjoy laughs with fellow Toastmasters, please keep the date in your diary and more details will be sent out soon.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tues 2nd May. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm

Meeting update 4th April

Rachel opened the club meeting as President and welcomed everyone.

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

Ankit was our timekeeper to keep the meeting on time with the cards and bell.

Brad was our Grammarian, choosing Agnostic as our word of the day.

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, with April Fools Headlines as the theme, Marcelo provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Rachel was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what brought them to the meeting

Four speeches this evening:

  • Rachel with her #5 speech: “Head, shoulders, knees and toes!”, speech evaluated by Kirsty
  • Leanne with her Advanced Speech Project: “The Highwayman”, speech evaluated by Brad
  • Felicitas with her #5 speech : “What do you do in a world where money doesn’t count? ”, speech evaluated by Ada
  • Hugh with his Advanced Speech Project: “Map Wars”, speech evaluated by Tom

Congratulations to Andrew for winning best table topic on in-car dating apps, Brad for best evaluator and joint winners Rachel and Hugh for best speech.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tues 18th April. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm

We have another winner …

After a very competitive Division contest, the club is really proud to announce that Tom has won the Division K Evaluation contest !

A fantastic result and fully deserved, Tom will now join the other final 6 at the national District conference this May. Full details of the Mayflower conference and how to register can be found at: http://springconference91.org

In the other contest, congratulations to Sean Little for winning the Division K International Speech contest and he will be on his way to the final.

Fantastic Area contest results, Great meeting this week and Hello new incoming Area Director

Spring has arrived and what an eventful week for our club this week, 3 highlights:

Area 58 Contest Results

Coming on the back of their success at the club contest, Shamim was representing the club in the Area 58 International Speech contest and Tom was representing the club in the Area 58 Evaluation contest. I’m pleased to announce that:

  • Shamim finished runner up in the Speech contest – a great result against tough competition in the evening
  • Tom won the Evaluation contest, thus keep up the tradition that our club have won this competition for the past 5 years in a row!

These results show just how we are one of the best clubs in London. The next round is the Division contest, where the winners of the Area contests will compete for the Division K title and a spot at the District final.

***The event details are as follows***

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017
Time: 13:00hrs
Venue: The Wesley Euston Hotel, 81-103 Euston Street London NW1 2EZ

Please register at EventBrite to cheer on the competitors.

Meeting this week

Our regular meeting was on Tuesday, congratulations to Charlotte for Best Evaluator, Andrew for best Table Topic, well done to Ankit and Andrew who completed their icebreaker speeches.

 

Hello to your new incoming Area Director

I’m pleased to inform you that from July 2017, Ga Lok will become the new Area 58 Director, taking over the the brilliant Tomasz Kropiewnicki. This role will involve supporting the 6 clubs in Area 58 so that their members can get even more out of Toastmasters.

Look forward to seeing you at future events.

 

 

Meeting update 7th March

A fantastic meeting with over 20 guests coming along to find out what Toastmasters is all about.

Rachel opened the club meeting as President, she also reminded everyone that the Area 58 contest will be running on [UPDATE] Friday 24th March at the Shipwright Arms near London Bridge (SE1 2TF), starting at 6:30pm.

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

Andrew was our timekeeper, reflecting that his role sounded like the Dr. Who timelord.

Rachel was our Grammarian, choosing Scapegoat as our word of the day.

Ga Lok was our Table Topics Master, with outrageous concierge requests as the theme, Marcelo provided feedback to all of our Table Topic speakers.

Jack was our Sargent at Arms to introduce the guests, and asking them what brought them to the meeting

Three speeches this evening:

  • Tom  with his #5 speech: “The confession of the missing wallet”, speech evaluated by Felicitas
  • Kirsty with her #7 Speech Project: “If I was Prime Minster for the day”, speech evaluated by Dami
  • Ada with her #4 speech : “Stumbling on happiness”, speech evaluated by Tom

Natalie from Blackrock speaks gave a great General Evaluation to round the meeting off.

Congratulations to Cristelle for winning best table topic on pet cat transport, Marcelo for best evaluator and Tom for best speech.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting on Tues 21st March. Usual place and doors open at 6:30pm

Club Competition

It’s competition time, with the club level contest for the International Speech and Evaluation competition.

Thanks to everyone who helped and competed this evening, in particular Leanne our Contest Chair, Ana and Doris our timekeepers, Stephanie and Andrew our Counters, Charlotte our Sargent of Arms plus all of our visiting judges.

Well done to our competitors this evening: Hugh, Kirsty, Shamim, Tom and Felicitas.

The next round will be the Area 58 contest on Tues 21st March, at the Shipwright Arms (SE1 2TF). Further information will be sent closer to the time.

Next regular meeting will on Tues 7th March, see you then.

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.