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

Our newsletter is published

Hello everyone, the Toastmasters Year runs from July till June, so we’ve  now reached the end of the 2016-17 TM year !

It’s a been a busy time filled with meetings, contests and socials. We’ve published  the end of year newsletter that brings together the highlights; including photos, events and introducing your new committee that starts on 1st July 2017.

City of London Toastmasters Newsletter June 2017

Meeting update 20th June

Hello to a hot Toastmasters evening.

Thanks to our functionaries and speakers this evening, Tom (standing in President), Ga Lok (Toastmaster), Dimos (Timekeeper), Leanne (Grammarian), Steff (Table Topics Master), Tom (Table Topics Evaluator) and Cristelle (Sargent at Arms).

As grammarian, Leanne picked Indelible as the word of the day

Two speeches this evening:

  • Sophie: “Orion the hunter”, a guest speaker delivering a speech from her advanced Storytelling manual, speech evaluated by Ga Lok
  • Darius “Happy?”, his #2 speech project, speech evaluated by Hugh

We welcomed Alex De Jong who provided a wonderfully insightful General Evaluation of the meeting.

Congratulations to Alex for winning best table topic and Hugh for best evaluator.

Also, as we come towards the end of June, this marks the end of our Toastmasters’ year, it’s been a fantastic time of celebration and next week the end of year newsletter will be published. Keep an eye out for it and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Tues 4th July

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.

Meeting update 30th May

A happy Bank Holiday to everyone at City Speakers.

In this evening Tom was standing in for President and Toastmaster for the day. Michael was our Timekeeper. Leanne was Table Topics Master with the theme of national celebrations, Ga Lok was Topics evaluator. Dimos was Sargent of Arms to introduce the guests.

We had a great speech from Stephanie – “Life in a shaky city”. This was a project #2 and gave a personal account of the impact of the earthquake hitting Christchurch. The speech was evaluated by Christine.

Congratulations to Dimos for winning best table topic with his Wrong Trousers. A shorter meeting that usual, this meant more time in the pub afterwards!

Next meeting will be Tues 6th June, see you then.


Spring Social

Improving our confidence in speaking and leadership requires a strong support network. Priding ourselves on being one of the friendliest clubs in London, last Thursday was our Spring Social at City Zebrano bar, bringing together Toastmasters from City Speakers, Broadgate and PMI clubs !

Wishing everyone a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting.