TOASTBUSTERS – A Halloween special!

Come and join us for a spine tinging meeting next Tuesday..

My, It has been quite a ride!

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome onboard! Greetings from Captain Paulina and  London Victorians crew. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for a joyful Toastmasters’ ride! 

We took off with a roar of applause for members of  London Victorians who made colossal contributions to the club and received Quarterly Award as a result. We have given awards in the following categories:

Congratulations to all winners! Next time it could be YOU! 

The rain has stopped some on their tracks and for Harry, it was an opportunity to step into the Toastmaster role last minute, hence the theme of the night was – “opportunity”.   

(Perhaps it is an impact of the power pose :)?

For those who do not take an opportunity, they have to make an excuse. Table Topics, driven by Priyendan, included some great ideas on what to say if you ever got woken up on your desk by your boss, or if you ever got caught playing games on your phone at a funeral. These are, no doubt, very practical examples of how to use your Toastmasters’ experience in everyday life:)

Whatever you say, say it with your body

Last Tuesday was the end of the renewal period and sadly a few of the members had to get off. They have moved on in their lives – geographically or metaphorically, but it was great to share the journey together!
Instead, we welcomed onboard three new members and we look forward to adding more potential ‘passengers’ among seventeen guests, who came to visit us last week

As the ride continued, we had a chance to listen to two fantastic ice-breakers. Massimo smashed it with his speech “How to remember names ”

What was his name again? 🙂

When you embark on Toastmasters’ you may not know your destination, but it is about the journey – exploring your creativity, stretching your comfort zone, reaching your full potential and of course – improving your public speaking skills!

My, what a ride it has been! Thank you for choosing London Victorians. See you same time next week!

Whoop! Another amazing meeting!

A quality evening at London Victorians as usual. Our President Paulina opened the meeting, followed by Yaw who introduced his team who helped in making the evening run so smoothly. We had Tim as Timekeeper, Michelle as Grammarian, Stephanie was Harkmaster and Agatha our Sergeant at Arms, who did a great job of welcoming the guests and then later introducing them to the club during the evening.

1st Speaker up on stage was Alistair giving his Icebreaker speech “The Power of Whoop!”  Whoop being an expression of euphoria or joy, which Alistair used to experience when he threw himself off the highest ledge of a cliff back home in Jersey. Presumably landing in the sea! Alistair was encouraged to overcome his fear of public speaking by joining Toastmasters and try to recapture some of that Power of Whoop by channelling his energy in a different arena. It was a great first speech which earned him the Best Speaker Award.

2nd Speaker up on stage was Raj with his speech “The Miracle Cure”. Raj was extolling the three major benefits of getting a good night’s sleep.

  1. Keeping you slim by regulating your appetite
  2. Reducing your blood pressure to keep you healthy
  3. Increasing your levels of happiness 

Raj told us, a regular sleep pattern is the most beneficial thing we can do. Now if I can just finish this report by 2am, I might just give it a go! 

Mark and Priyendan were our evaluators and gave some great feedback to both Alistair and Raj. Mark won the Best Evaluator Award for the evening.

Tim, one of our newest members did a sterling job throughout the evening as timekeeper ensuring that everything ran to schedule, well done!

Toastmasters Pro Networking Session was next, brilliantly moderated by Lucy, who explained the importance of the Elevator Pitch and how we use it in a number of everyday scenarios. In groups we came up with our own Pitches, the best of which shared them with us, including a couple of our most welcome guests. Up on stage were Paulina, Duncan, Leonard, Alistair and Raj.  It was a great success!

Table Topics was next, 6 victims, I mean brave volunteers took to the stage. Some very entertaining stories, which was won by Stephanie, with a great story of when she played the role of Peter Pan in a school play!

Michelle was next up with the Grammarian’s Report and the Stephanie was back on stage in her Harkmaster role, ably assisted by Yaw, who took great delight in lobbing chocolates at everyone!

Yaw wrapped up the evening before handing the meeting back to Paulina, who announced the results and gave out the awards. Sorry ,forgot to mention that Alistair also got his New Member award this evening too!

Another great evening at LV, obvs!!

Written by Phil

What are you grateful for?

The theme of this meeting was Gratitude.

So first we want to thank our president who opened the meeting with an inspiring message.

“Not all of us may change human history, but we can change the history of another individual (by inspiring them with our speeches) or our history (through career progression)”.

We want to thank our Toastmaster of the evening, who set the theme of the evening and who oversaw the meeting. We thank all of our functionaries who helped the Toastmaster run this meeting.

We thank our 4 members who delivered 4 prepared speeches  and gave exemplary speeches.

We thank our evaluators who commended and gave the speakers and everyone in the audience top tips to make a speech better, such as:

Use of vocal variety

Voice projection


Some commendations were:

Good structure

Good use of humour

Good gesture and movement on stage

Thanks to our table topics master who introduced the topic – ‘Weird stories from the news’ this made for a very creative and fun session, thanks to all our table topics participants and table topics evaluator.

We gave out three awards this evening and a farewell to one of our dedicated members:

Best Table Topics – C.W.

 Best Evaluator – L.G.                              

Best Speaker and Farewell to A.E

And many thanks to our G.E from Google UK Toastmasters Club.

By Agatha Amachree

Improve your impromptu speaking!

On 27th August we are hosting a fantastic Masterclass in Impromptu Speaking with professional public speaker, David Jones. This session will be great for anyone looking to improve their Table Topics skills and their ability to respond quickly and succinctly to questions thrown at them in the workplace.

Anyone is welcome to join. Members, guests, first-time Toastmasters.

See you there!