• We meet online every Tuesday at 18:30! Zoom meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/580017929

New Committee is Born 2020-2021

Written by Mohammed, 26th June

Paulina, our president told us how taking up her role offered challenges and amazing opportunities for her. This included moving the club from venue to venue and then to online. Leading meant building resilience for Paulina, this is what Toastmaster does to people.

Christ jumped on the horse of toastmasters the whole meeting, sprinkling smiles and positive comments after each speech was needed when home locked up. He told us we have 3 speeches and 3 evaluations, that’s how London Victorians meet weekly with plenty of speeches.

The Timekeeper, Lucy was in charge of changing screen colours to indicate time progress for participants, those colours were carefully integrated into her background, her face colour and eyes, this is mimicking a chameleon from the wild, eyes colours? very spooky when it gets to red.

Are you listening guys! That’s what Jon, the Harkmaster was after, listening. Despite this was his first official role in the club, Jon dished out great questions that reminded us of what we just heard from speeches. Jon told us that 50% of content gets forgotten within one hour according to psychologists.

The meeting reporter Mohammed (Woops! That’s myself) told us that perhaps over the centuries there were many speeches that were lost forever, however those that survived were the ones that were documented like I going to do. Just imagine this blog reaching millions across the world being published on our web site. I invite you to sign up to the next meeting reporter and impact the lives of future generations to read, learn and enjoy.
The first speech from Saloomeh reminded us of the World War when Winston Churchill was leading and projected his toughness to fight for freedom, “We shall fight on the streets, we will never surrender”. How does mental health affect us all and why should we care?

Sophia a second speaker told us about gifts and journaling, what it did for her and why should we consider it to get clarity for our goals and manage negative self-talk. Our third speaker Lukas convinced us to start waxing, yes all wax please! men and women, but his waxing was related to education as “Was on, wax off” from the movie “The Karate Kid” and how important to keep learning until you see the benefit.

Three great evaluations lead by Annabel, Stephanie and Alex, what was commended included well researched speech, persuasive language used, informative style with statistics, welcoming smile, asking questions, injecting humour. Recommendations included looking at the structure of the speech and implement it during delivery to avoid losing the audience, and to use more statistics to support your message.

Out general evaluator told us what we are doing wonderfully well and what we can consider to improve that included avoiding exaggerations, stand up when talking, give the audience time to obtain replies to questions.
Eleanor managed the AGM, review and new year. She emphasised how great this club is over the years, hence le’t “stay fantastic as always, we have been”.

The AGM The Annual General Meeting which was dedicated to selecting the new club executive committee gave birth to the new team, all the best guys and have a prosperous year ahead.

Why don’t you visit us next Tuesday?

President – Lucy
Vice President Education VPE – Agatha
Vice President Mentoring VPM – George
Vice President Membership VPM – Natalie & Annabel
Vice President Public Relations VPPR – Raj & Michelle
Treasurer – Florian

The Art of Toasting

Written by Stephanie

Tonight we were reminded why we joined Toastmasters.
For some, to eliminate the butterflies and others to speak like broadcasters
All in all, we want to improve ourselves in an area we can grow
And one day be treasured liked a painting by van Gogh

We heard some savvy sales pitching tips from Susanne
Which we can use to sell to anyone, even the milkman  

Cyril taught us that there is power in remaining silent
Which is superior to being violent  
We ended the prepared speeches with Camila’s leadership style
And discovered she is extremely versatile.

The Evaluators were direct, compassionate and inspiring
Their suggestions and praises will never be expiring

We dived into terrific table topics and the speaking level was high
The victims did not disappoint and answering the questions as if they’d hit bulls-eye

The Grammarian, Time keeper and general evaluator were sound in their approach
Their reports reminded me of a game play given by a football coach

All in all, a magnificent time we all had.
Do join us next time, comrade 

(Wherever you are in the world, London, Ohio or Delhi, you can meet us as a guest every Tuesday from 18:30 GMT)

Fostering global connections: guests from all over the world attend London Victorians

Written by Michelle

London Victorians moved to online meetings in March 2020, in response to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. Two months on, virtual meetings have become our new normal: anchoring our weeks, teaching us new skills, and giving us the unique opportunity to chat to fellow Toastmasters and most welcome guests from across the globe.

In recent weeks we’ve had visitors from all four corners of the world – including Italy, Poland, The US and Nigeria – join us each Tuesday for speeches, evaluations, and table topics. Visitors get the chance to participate in our meetings, and we in turn get the unique opportunity of finding out first-hand what life is like right now in far-flung parts of the world.

Together, we are mastering the art of Zoom meetings (who know you could assign people to break-out rooms?!), perfecting our public speaking and speech writing skills, supporting each other with thoughtful feedback, and continuing to keep our vibrant community of speakers connected.

Our online meetings follow the same format as they did before the lockdown, albeit virtually. Following an introduction from our president Paulina, the toastmaster of the evening – in this case the bubbly, vivacious Lucy – took to the stage to introduce our functionaries. These roles, which include timekeeper, grammarian, and meeting reporter, offer all members of our club the chance to take to the stage and build varied skills. Members then delivered prepared speeches, which were followed by evaluations. Evaluations are a key part of the Toastmaster journey, offering speakers the chance to grow and improve week after week. Following a break, where members and guests alike chatted and got to know each other, we moved on to impromptu speaking slots in the form of table topics. This might sound scary, but it truly is one of the best ways to improve your speaking skills and your ability to think on the spot. The evening finished with a report from our guest general evaluator, to ensure that every speaker and functionary received an evaluation to support their development – and the evening closed with awards and updates from our president.

Wherever you are in the world, and whether you’re a member of a Toastmasters club or a curious guest, we’d love to welcome you into our club one Tuesday evening. If you’re looking for a friendly community to learn from, a supportive place to practice your public speaking and leadership skills, or if you just want to chat to some friendly faces, join us at our next meeting on 26 May, from 6:45-9pm.

Speech Workshop with Kirti

There are limited spaces available for this fantastic workshop on Thursday, 30th April – so get in quick! All donations go to support the #nhsheros!

Tockets are here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amplify-your-speech-tickets-103145372586

PPE Hunt

* PPE (personal protective equipment) reference hunt, written by Agatha

Hello there! The London Victorians Toastmasters community has not been so exciting as in recent times. The opportunity which the current pandemic presents in terms of personal development is evident and utilised in our online toastmasters meetings. Some of those opportunities include; Organising and chairing online meeting, Use of online tools to facilitate meetings e.g. poll taking, Communication skills. We were delighted to have a first time guest and other returning guests.

Our meeting on Tuesday was just after the Easter celebrations, many of us might have had a different experience from previous Easters. For our Toastmaster Anabel, her egg hunt did not go quite as planned, and so, in this week’s meeting report, there are PPE related references for our readers to participate in a hunt, also as a tribute to our frontline healthcare workers.

The meeting was packed with as much energy as usual.

Florian, our first speaker shared the story of the Siberian conquest with us. His online delivery was very engaging, Florian even employed the use of a fur hat prop appropriately donned and doffed to avoid distraction from his message.

David was our second speaker, with speech titled ‘An Unwelcomed guest’ the audience was already anticipating what the speech was about. But David did not divulge this quickly, with a careful, slow, unravelling style he finally unmasked the unwelcomed guest – The Evening News! David also advised us to socially distant ourselves from the news.

Evaluators’ tips come in useful as ever not only to speakers but for all in attendance. The evaluators reminded us for what is important in online speech delivery; audience awareness, eye contact and having a clear structure.

We had good table topics participation with 11 speakers. All topics involved speakers exercising their abilities in impromptu speech with questions relating to emotions during this pandemic. Facilitated by our Topics master Lucy.

If you feel like you do not know what to do during this pandemic, here are few words from the Queen’s speech on the 5th of April,

“… I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge… The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future”

According to the Queen’s speech, whatever we are doing, working from home in our dressing gowns or the doctors and nurses in their visors and coveralls, or researchers and scientists in their gloves, this is going to be a part of our proud history.

Similarly, at London Victorians we are adopting the same philosophy, strengthening our community and supporting each other’s public speaking goals is what we do now, what we’ve always done and what we’ll be doing in the future.

There are six PPE references 😉

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