New Venue, New Speeches! Our last meeting – 27th January

Our first meeting in our new venue Ye Olde Watling was a lively affair with three prepared speeches.


David was Toastmaster of the evening, introducing everyone to the stage with their favourite piece of regional slang – from “gurt lush” to “tha’s using yer noggin”.



Andrew was the evening’s timekeeper and Isabelle the grammarian, introducing the word of the day “phenomenal” (a word which speakers then try to fit into their speeches).


Sumit gave the first speech of the evening “Eating Alone” with an interesting and conversational speech looking at choices people make to do things on their own.


Florian gave a speech from the advanced manuals telling an original story. Florian told us an engaging story of how he left home in France for university in the UK.


Mikhail gave a speech from the advanced manuals, a technical briefing titled “HTTP and TCP/IP”, a technical speech that was presented to be understood by non-techies.


After the break came the evaluations, starting with Anne evaluating Sumit’s speech, James evaluating Florian’s, and Dani evaluation Mikhail’s They were all insightful evaluations that looked at the positive aspects of the speeches, as well as areas of improvement.


Charles was the table topics master of the evening, asking a fun and interesting array of accessible questions, starting with “what’s something that you would really like to do in your life but haven’t yet done?! There were some really humorous answers and many of the guests took part.


Then came the final evaluations, with Christopher delivering the table topics evaluations, Isabelle delivering the grammarian report, commenting on interesting word usage, and Peter (from a fellow toastmasters club) gave a very warm and useful general evaluators report on the club as a whole, as well as evaluating everyone who had been on stage who hadn’t been evaluated.


First Speeches of the Year! Our last meeting – 13th January

For the first meeting of 2016 Andrew took on the role of Toastmaster of the evening, assisted by Charles as timekeeper, and Hamad as Grammarian, introducing word of the day “adroit”.


Giving her first toastmasters speech (the ice breaker) Alessia delivered her speech “Shiny Juliet” inspired by her trip to Italy. It was an excellent beginning to Alessia’s Toastmasters journey, presenting her speech calmly and warmly.


The next speaker was Anne who gave her second speech “Organise Your Speech”, titled “Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa and The Minions”. Anne discussed her experience of the Myers Briggs test in a confident and well presented speech.

James delivered his ninth speech “Persuade with Power”. The speech focused on moving away from goal setting in personal life to instead having a renewed examination of ourselves and our choices in an interesting and original speech.

Christopher, as sergeant at arms for the evening, introduced all the guests asking them to tell the group why they chose to come to St Paul’s Speakers.



After the break came the evaluations, with Caroline, Michael, and David congratulating Alessia, Anne, and James on their respective speeches, and also offering a few pointers.

Then came the table topics! Mikhail took on the role at the last minute and did well in putting together all sorts of questions to do with flying such as “what’s your best flight experience”. Many of the guests took part it some varied and fun answers.


Hamad then delivered the grammarian report, with Florian evaluating the table topics. General evaluator Sarah gave an insightful overall evaluation praising the club for its warmth.

Then the prizes – Anne won best speech, David best evaluator.

Before everything close Florian announced that this was the last ever Toastmasters in The Loose Cannon, as we now have a permanent home in Ye Olde Watling!

Christmas is coming! Our last meeting – 9th December

winter-163533_960_720In our recent Christmas-themed meeting David was Toastmaster of the evening, introducing speakers to the stage by asking them their favourite food at Christmas (from mince pies to yams, to brussel sprouts). Caroline was the timekeeper and James the grammarian, with the word of the day “Jubilant”

Fahad kicked off the prepared speeches with a speech from the Leadership Excellence Series, looking at what helps build a good team, and the qualities of effective leadership. Fahad effectively used a Powerpoint presentation to deliver a well-structured speech.

Isabelle gave her second toastmasters speech (objective: organisation) titled “Journalism: the good, the bad and the ugly”, giving a well organised speech that was at the same time conversational in manner. Isabelle gave an insight into her experiences as a journalist as well as a wider look at the industry.

Dani’s speech was his third toastmasters speech “Put the phones down”. The aim of the 3rd speech is to structure the speech so as to be clear on what its purpose is. Dani achieved this well, using short and precise sentences and the power of three to convince people to spend less time looking at their phones.

Sumit then introduced the guests, asking them what their favourite part of the year was for them.

In the evaluations, Florian evaluated Isabelle’s speech, and Alan evaluated Dani’s speech.

Andrew was the Table Topics Master with many interesting and fun questions on a Christmas theme, which Michael then evaluated.

Before the evening finished, James delivered the Grammarian’s report, commending members and guests alike for using the word of the day, and Chris gave a very insightful general evaluator’s report.

Next Meeting on 9th December – Venue is St Botolph Church Aldgate

Our next meeting on December 9th will take place in St Botolph without Aldgate Church as our usual venue of the Loose Cannon pub will be unavalaible on that night.

The Chuch is located on Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AB, very close to Aldgate (Circle and Metropolitian Lines) and Aldgate East tube stations (District and Hammersmith & City Lines). Here is a link to a map to guide you there!


A not so demure meeting – 25th November

Club Vice-President Membership Caroline was in charge of our last meeting as Toastmaster of the meeting. Ably assisted by Dani as timekeeper to keep meeting segments on time and Andrew as grammarian with “demure” as word of the day.

Toastmaster of the meeting Caroline
Toastmaster of the meeting Caroline

The first speaker of this meeting was Eliza with her speech “Just do It!” Her speech weaved together the power of doing to do lists, the book of the same name by author Michael Gayle and her desire to practice spoken English more to help her in her career. Our second speaker was club President Florian Bay with a reading of “Henry V – Act IV” by Shakespeare. Florian used vocal techniques to bring each characters to life and the the play into the meeting over a quarter of an hour. Our final speaker was Toastmasters Reinvigorated Education Programme Area 33 ambassador for a talk on the various facets of this big upcoming change of the Toastmasters Educational programme.

Our meeting’s speech evaluators were David and Stephen who provided recommendations and feedback on our various speakers. Including suggestions on how their could further improve their speeches.

Speech evaluator David in action
Speech evaluator David in action

The table topics session was facilitated by Anne who livened up the meeting with a series of questions alongside the theme of positions on various policy questions. Questions included “how would you combat obesity” “what would you do against terrorism” “how to mitigate antibiotics resistance”. The session was evaluated by Hamad who gave feedback on all the table topics speakers.

Andrew then finished off the meeting with his grammarian report.

See you all in St Botolph again on December 9th.

Next Meeting on 25th November – Venue is St Botolph Church Aldgate

Our next meeting on November 25th will take place in St Botolph without Aldgate Church as our usual venue of the Loose Cannon pub will be unavalaible on that night.

The Chuch is located on Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AB, very close to Aldgate (Circle and Metropolitian Lines) and Aldgate East tube stations (District and Hammersmith & City Lines). Here is a link to a map to guide you there!


Our Last Meeting Speeches – 11 November

Our last meeting was held at St Botolph without Aldgate where Christopher was Toastmaster of the evening.

The evening’s functionaries featured Joe as Grammarian, introducing “modicum” as the word of the day, and Anne was the evening’s timekeeper.

Timing tonight’s speeches Anne

The speeches kicked off with Andrew giving his first ever toastmasters speech (the icebreaker), introducing himself. Andrew delivered his speech with a clear and confident voice, telling us about growing up in Tunbridge Wells, his love of sport, and his hair!

Mikhail gave the next speech “London to Paris: how do I get there”, from the advanced manuals (“speaking to inform”). Mikhail delivered his well structured speech very clearly and calmly, running over the options to get to La Ville Lumière.

Second of two speeches by Mikhail

Florian evaluated Andrew’s speech, noting how well it was delivered, and making recommendations about adding vocal variety.

Hamad evaluated Mikhail’s speech, remarking on Mikhail’s calm presence, and recommending Mikhail to have a more assertive opening.

Speech evaluator Hamad

David was the evening’s table topic master, lulling us into a false sense of security with talk of Christmas, before moving into table topics themed around the apocalypse – such questions as “who would you eat first when all the food runs out?” It was a fun table topics session, with lots of laughs, which Michael evaluated, congratulating the speakers on speaking for at least a minute.

Table topics master David

Joe as grammarian congratulated speakers on interesting word choices and use “modicum”, and reporting on their “um” and “er” scores.

Before the evening wrapped up, Laurent (also winner of best table topic!) did a thorough general evaluator’s report.

Best table topics speaker and general evaluator Laurent

A speech is fun! – 28th October

Last Wednesday’s meeting was at the Hoop & Grapes, and we were delighted to have many guests attending. Florian kicked off the evening with the President’s introduction before handing over to the Toastmaster of the evening, Sarah, to guide us through the evening.

Toastmaster Sarah

Sarah introduced the functionaries, starting with Andrew as Timekeeper, showing how the stats role can be made fun and lively. Next came Sumit as the grammarian, introducing the word of the day “Newfangled”, encouraging speakers to use it as much as possible.

Then came the speeches. Caroline gave her third Toastmasters speech “Mind full or Mindful” talking about the benefits of Mindfulness, as a way to rescue our besieged minds from content overload.

Caroline doing her speech

Michael’s gave the next speech – titled “Ghost Stories” and he regaled us with suitably spooky (Halloween!) ghoulish stories from his old school.

Michael’s speech

Our final speaker Elena gave a speech that she is practicing as part of a Toastmasters competition, titled “Wanted: 1 husband” in which Elena humorously told us about her tireless efforts to find a husband, helped/hindered by her family.

Helena rehearsing her contest speech with us

After the break came the evaluations, starting with Thien who congratulated Caroline on her speech, and reminding the audience on how well Caroline did in making things very visual. Mikhail gave a thorough evaluation of Michael’s speech, reviewing the structure of the speech. David congratulated Elena’s speech, making good points on body movements.

Mikhail evaluating Michael’s speech

Then came the table topics – with a Halloween theme. Many of the guests took part in the impromptu speaking and did extremely well.

Andrew congratulated the table topic speakers on their times, with everyone speaking over (or just before) a minute was up, with Florian then giving a thorough evaluation of the table topics

Sumit noted the many interesting word choices in his grammarian report, and just wished we used the word of the day more!

We were fortunate to have a General Evaluator, Swarajit, who evaluated the evening as a whole.

GE Swarajit

October 28th Meeting in Hoop & Grapes Pub – Farringdon Road

Our next meeting on October 28th will take place in the Hoop & Grapes pub on the 2nd floor function room. This is because our venue of the Loose Cannon will be unavailable that night.

The lovely Hoop & Grapes pub is located on 80 Farringdon St, London EC4A 4BL not far away from Ludgate Circus and City Thameslink station. Here is a link to a map to guide you there.

Our venue on October 28th
Our venue on October 28th