The greatest thing about being a toastmaster

Report by: Ariel Elboim

Good evening London Victorians and wayward visitors to the London Victorians site. London Victorians is undoubtedly the most energetically vibrant Toastmasters club in London and it has achieved this, both objective and subjective reputation, by instilling one of the key attributes that all great speakers possess…Confidence. And by God was that evident tonight.

As you walk into the room you can feel the energy, the chitter chatter of long time members, the beaming smiles of guests being welcomed, a subtle but electrical ambience of a club that is both comfortable and confident in its identity.

To kick off the meeting our always proud and ever smiling President Eleanor cracks the gavel to commence the meeting. She starts the with a calm and considered message about Promises. She reminds us all that as a Toastmasters we make a variety of promises to the club and that, as Boris Johnson once said, “It’s not making the promises but keeping them that is hard”. We are expected to keep our promise to the club

Taking the stage as tonight’s Toastmaster, Jackie enthusiastically bursts onto the stage. For tonight’s meeting she will be the director or as she likes to put it “The Oil to our Cogs” that make this whole machine run smoothly. And how could she not, with such an exuberance as well as that London Victorians confidence. Tonight’s theme, as per Jackie’s selection is: “How long have you been a Toastmaster and what has been its greatest benefit to you?”

First functionary of the night is the Timekeeper Bertie. He has been with the club for around 2 months and the greatest benefit he has realised is the boost in confidence to get on stage and that when you’re up there it’s really not that bad. In his usual dapper 2-piece, Bertie confidently tells us of how Time is money and money is time. His self-assured tone and perfectly dotted humour conveyed a member who has been here for longer than 2 months and for whom confidence has never been an issue. This is the development that we foster at London Victorians

Grammarian for the Night, Pryendan. With the club for 6-7 months, his greatest benefit has been the increase in his confidence toastmasters has given him across all aspect of his life. His calm and collected queens English screams “high calibre” Grammarian coming through!!!! As he clearly explains his job for the evening…. Even if his choice for “word of the day” is destined to get infinitesimal usage

Meeting reporter for the evening Ariel. London Victorian for 10 months. This guy is a living Toastmaster legend, enough said.

Harkmaster Lukas. Another relatively new member he is enjoying the confidence that London Victorians has helped him develop. Not that you would know!!!! On the stage, own the stage off the stage, Lukas Mic Drop!!!!

An so we move onto the prepared speeches for the night à and boy did we have an unparalleled set of performances tonight.

Jack – London Victorian for several months now delivered an impactful and hugely informative speech on the London Olympics and its legacy. A recipe of hard hitting facts about the Olympic bid statistics to the subsequent housing issues, with Mayoral based political humour Jack delivered an educational and wholly digestible speech on why the Olympics where that bit more important than you may have thought

Next Anna. Long-time London Victorian Anna also claims an enhanced level of confidence has been the greatest benefit. And she was the epitome of her very own claim this evening. No notes, fluid and agile language, body language to enhance her message, stage presence of a someone giving life coaching lessons, facial expression to keep the audience engaged and a content that resonated in the minds of everyone at the meeting “Are you actually too busy in your life? what does this say about you? and 3 tips on how to be even MORE productive”. As ever a stellar performance and prime example of what London Victorians can achieve with hard work and dedicate

Finally, Michelle and her “Mind Matters” speech – a informative speech on the controversial topic of mental health problems. Straight away she brought the audience into the speech by asking questions on who has experienced mental health issues. She continued this engagement by debunking common myths using official figures that would make you think twice before ever dismissing the topic again. A brave and eloquently delivered speech with a valiant message on how we can make the world a better place.

“Evaluating the Hell” out of the speeches tonight we had Agatha, Florian and Steph who each gave insightful and constructive feedback on everything Improved vocal variety to the added gravitas of a pause. London Victorians, once again demonstrating how and why our member develop so quickly.

We finish the speeches off with our Table Topics Master Benedict and his creative assortment of topics mental gymnastics topics – from the controversial “Ugly and smart or Beautiful and dumb children” question to the friendship destroying “who of you and your 3 friends gets the single parachute in your nosediving plane”. All contestants as well as 2 guests! Showing just how flexible their minds can be.

Another fantastic meeting from the most energetic and confident club in Town – no wonder everybody wants to join 😊