International speech contest 2019

Report by: Agatha Amachree

This was a special meeting because we held our International speech contest which was chaired by

Batool and Jackie.

Our President of London Victorians opened with an introduction, citing this quote by Colin Powell –

“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. “

And with that the contest began with our chair Batool setting out contest rules and the aim of the contest which she stated are;

i. Opportunity for speakers to improve speaking skills

ii. For us to be motivated by the best

iii. To visualise each contestant’s progress in their toastmaster’s journey

The chair Batool then introduced the 1st speaker Mo with his speech titled – One leader.

Mo is on the toastmaster pathway Dynamic leadership. And he has discovered three things from his pathway and he described this to us in three points.

i. Style of leadership

ii. Scene/story from his life which reflected leadership

iii. Suggestions (to us) on leadership

Mo ended with this quote by Jim Rohn “…be strong, but not rude, be kind but not weak, be proud but not arrogant”. He also motivated us to lead without a title.

Our 2nd speaker for the contest was Robert with his speech titled – Growing up

Robert describes his ‘Malcolm in the middle’ growing up experience to us with three recollections

i. Wasps

ii. Pranks

iii. Christmas

Of course the Christmas ends up with a fire on the dinner table as you would expect.

Our third and final contestant was Anna with her speech titled – The f word. Yes Feminism.

Anna presented us with some interesting statistics to illustrate her points.

And she related to us some of the reasons why people were not on board with feminism which were;

i. People thought the idea was Outdated. With some statistics from 2019, Anna was able

to prove to us that that was not the case.

ii. Man hating

iii. Angry bra burning women. Anna assured us that the bra burning never happened. A

misunderstanding arose from a protest where women were throwing out stuff, and a

bra was dropped in the pile, but it was never set on fire.

This concluded the first part of the evening and we broke for tea and chat. We had guest judges

carrying out secret votes.

The 2nd part of the evening was chaired by our 2nd chairperson Jackie. Jackie introduced our mystery speaker, Dorota. Dorota is a member of another club who volunteered to be our mystery speaker for the evaluator part of the contest. It was her first visit to London Victorians and she delivered a speech as a mystery speaker. Dorota’s speech was titled – Is failing a failure. After narrating to us a rich story of her personal experience, Dorota concluded by reminding us that failing is not a failure, it is a lesson, failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it.

Now it was time for the evaluator contestants to prep their evaluations on the mystery speech.

The chairperson Jackie used this opportunity to run a table topics sessions which is when people give an impromptu speech on anything the table topics master presents.

The evaluators emerged with their evaluations.

First Andrew who recommended open body language and commended the speaker for her bravery to share.

Then Stephanie who commended structure and content of speech and recommended for more purposeful movement on stage.

The third evaluator was Joseph who commended the mystery speaker for vulnerability and inspiring the audience and recommended vocal variation and use of repetition.

The fourth evaluator was Robert who commended the speaker for good chronological order, structure and humour in the speech.

With such interesting speeches I forgot we were having a contest but alas the votes were in and it was time for the awards –

Winner of speech contest:

Anna

Winner of evaluator contest:

1st Stephanie

2nd Joseph

Congratulations to all of our contestants and participants especially our mystery speaker and judges.

Now unto bigger and better for the participants and winners who will represent London Victorians at the area contest.

It’s not all about me – it’s about us

Report by: Raj Roy

Good evening most valued guests, and welcome to our blog. You’re perhaps wondering what happens at a Toastmaster’s session – let me guide you through tonight’s events.

Our President, Eleanor, opened tonight’s proceedings with a warm welcome to the club. She reminded us: “it’s not all about me – it’s about us!” You might improve your public speaking, but you also become part of the London Victorians team. You support others, who support you.

Anna

Eleanor introduced our sharply dressed Toastmaster for the evening, Joseph. His role – to quarterback tonight’s session. And his theme for tonight, motivation. Many things motivate us – friends, family, mentors, work. What keeps you motivated, dear guests, in the pursuit of life’s ambitions?

Kam

Stephanie

Alongside our Toastmaster, keeping the session ticking along, we had introductions from our Timekeeper, Chris; our Grammarian, Jack; our Harkmaster, Anna; and your humble meeting reporter. Jack encouraged us be precise & succinct, and to incorporate the word ‘amicable’ into our speeches for bonus points.

Prepared speeches & swiftly prepared evaluations

Priyendan

Four speeches awaited us this evening, with evaluators providing their commendations and recommendations. First up, Kam, relaxed in a chair, had decided to join a walk. “How hard could this be?” “54 miles. In the Scottish West Highlands. In 24 hours. Without a break.” Kam leapt from her seat, pacing the stage, her body language mirroring her trials. Rebecca’s evaluation: “Kam’s excellent use of the stage, use of language and use of body language”.

Florian

For our second speech, we joined Stephanie, “diving into a world of fantastic animals – the shark”. The Jaws theme tune, hummed by Steph, soon echoed around the room. She left us with the thought: “if cows kill more people than sharks every year, then why are sharks considered to be the ultimate killing machine?” Michelle loved how “her hand gestures conveyed her points”, and her intro to sharks: “tall, dark and handsome; a killer smile”.

Rebecca

Priyendan, with a speech about forming habits, challenged the audience: “Psychologically, there is no difference between fear and excitement. In time, we could start to associate the fear of public speaking with excitement. Just keep telling yourself you’re excited!” Robert commended Priyendan on a speech, “the audience can use and take away with them,” along with his natural flow.

Robert

Our final prepared speech this evening was from Florian, about a Tinder date. We were captivated with storytelling part rom-com, part personal diary. “The date was on!” was bellowed across the chamber. Ariel valued how Florian’s “language and tone changed… giving us a personal experience through storytelling.”

Great things never come from comfort zones

Annabel

Annabel, our Sergeant at Arms, welcomed our new guests: “I’d like to tell you a secret. I’m always inspired by the new guests and members of our club.” Our guests told us why they were joining us tonight – do any of these resonate with you? “To try something new.” “To try new things and push my comfort zone.” “Self-improvement.” “To escape my comfort zone.” Annabel reminded us: “great things never come from comfort zones.”

David

David introduced our table topics – impromptu speeches lasting 1-2 minutes. “We’re all here to improve our public speaking. But in the real world, we don’t always get the opportunity to prepare.” We were kept amused by Edward, Benedict, Lukas, Agatha and Sam, speaking off the cuff, with only a few seconds to marshal their thoughts. Mark, our table topic evaluator, provided the invaluable advice: “repeat the question back to the audience… very… slowly.” “And if you’re trying to do a serious speech in 2 minutes – good luck!”

Try us out

Ariel and Eleanor

“For my second date, I even took her to Toastmaster’s.” Perhaps an unconventional second date venue, but, dear guests, please do feel free to bring a friend, partner or date along if you wish. Just turn up, any Tuesday. How better to be wooed, than in an impromptu speech?

 

 

 

Alumni Evening at London Victorians

Report by: Jack S

Summary

An alumni-themed evening with four great speeches, five table topics, six uses of the word fossick, and seven(ish) chocolates for the best listeners.

Formalities

Our President, Eleanor, kicked things off by invoking the statesman Colin Powell and reminding us of three key elements to success: preparation, practice and embracing failure. After which it was onto our very own statesman Susanne, Toastmaster for the evening, who introduced the theme of ALUMNI – schools, universities, jobs – a great theme that had us all murmuring about what a small world it is. Susanne herself is an alumnus of Chicago Booth Business School, making her a “Boothie”.

Susanne being our Toastmaster for the evening

Our functionaries were up next: David (Durham Uni #1) as timekeeper, apparently the most important role; Chris B (TSB) as grammarian, who introduced many of us to a new word – “fossick” – and challenged us to use it throughout the evening; Chris W (Birkbeck) as harkmaster, responsible for rewarding those that listened carefully with delicious treats; and, last but not least, Jack (Wymondham College), who had the actual most important job: penning this report.

After which it was onto the speeches.

Speeches

First up was Rebecca (JET Programme), who gave us a warm and witty account of her relationship with running. She told of her transition from positive-thinking-sofa-dweller to Paula Radcliffe-esque conqueror of her Swiss sister-in-law. Evaluating, Ariel (Durham Uni #2) commended Rebecca on a confident and polished speech, then fossicked around for a recommendation on more vocal variety.

 

Ariel evaluating

Next was Steph (Wits Uni), who told us that people have on average 60-80,000 thoughts per day, then proceeded to provoke plenty of thoughts for all of us with an illuminating talk on OCD which explained how obsession and compulsion can have a devastating impact. She finished with wise words from Plato reminding us all of the importance of being kind. Evaluating, Eleanor (POCA alien fan club), praised Steph’s professional tone and encouraged her to introduce even more of the witty dialogue, hand gestures and movement that peppered her speech.

Four great speeches!

Third was Priyendan (Bath Uni #1), who spoke on the topic of spontaneous decisions, like, for example, how far can you get on a single tank of fuel? For him it was Slovenia and Croatia, where ignoring his mum’s advice landed him on a boat party with David Guetta tunes uniting a diverse crowd. Evaluating, Matthew (unnamed school) focused on Priyendan’s vocal variety – speed, volume, pitch, emphasis – paying tribute to his conversational style and suggesting a few more pauses and greater volume for next time.

Last up was Andy (Kings Taunton school), who wowed us all with an energetic speech on his whirlwind romance and a spider-infested delve into the jungle – none of which actually happened – all to demonstrate the dangers of over-thinking the future. Evaluating, Florian (Bath Uni #2), highlighted the power of storytelling in Andy’s speech, and recommended slowing down a touch in future for maximum persuasive impact.

Andy speaking

Guests, Table Topics and Wrap-Up

Jackie (Rhodes Uni), introduced our guests – all ten of them! – who all either loved or hated public speaking. Both equally valid reasons for joining London Victorians.

We were then onto table topics, where Michelle (Barcelona Uni) celebrated Chinese New Year by challenging five brave souls to speak on whatever topic popped out of a fortune cookie. We all enjoyed Lucy, Rennie, Gayle, Anna and Edo regaling us on topics from the mundane – buying dinner for friends – to the salacious – texting old flames. They were evaluated collectively by Batool (Shrewsbury School), who offered a couple of suggestions for buying time when kicking off a table topic: first, thinking out loud and, second, starting with a quick, humorous response. She particularly commended our speakers for filling time effectively whilst opening their cookies. Kudos to all of them.

Edo collecting his fortune cookie table topic

Rounding off the evening, our grammarian, Chris B, counted six uses of the word fossick and a remarkable lack of filler words from our speakers. He praised the alliterative abilities of our able articulators. For those of us not full up on fortune cookies, our harkmaster, Chris W, provided chocolates in return for answering his questions – “What didn’t happen on Priyendan’s yacht…?” Anna (Cardiff Journalism School – hopefully approving of this writer’s efforts), summed everything up as our general evaluator, giving a whistlestop tour of the 13 roles that hadn’t already been evaluated, covering the lot in seven minutes. Phew!

Last but not least, our award winners!

  • Best table topics – Lucy
  • Best evaluator – Florian
  • And the big one, best speech – Andy

Lucy picking up her award

David also picked up his certificate for completing Level 1 of Presentation Mastery.

Well done to everyone and a special thank you to Susanne for marshalling proceedings with style and grace.

Guests are more than welcome at all our meetings. Just turn up – any Tuesday – we’d love to see you.

 

New Year Resolutions 2019

Report by: Kam Johal

We had another dynamic meeting on Tuesday, filled with loads of great speeches and valuable feedback.

To begin, we had our Toastmasters for the evening, Arsen Shnashev, who introduced the theme for the evening: New Year Resolutions. Highly topical given that we are seven weeks away from the New Year 2019.

Arsen

The Toastmaster then moved the meeting along by introducing the functionaries, who helped keep the meeting on track. Rebecca Jarvis, was our timekeeper, whose role was to ensure that the meeting ran on time which it did. Then our grammarian, Joseph Omeiza, who recorded all the wonderful uses of language throughout the evening, as well as keeping track of “umms” and “uhhs” and the word of the day ‘ARTICULATE’ which was used at least 13 times. Lastly we heard from our harkmaster, Batool Aljufairi, tested our listening skills and spoiling us with many treats until they all ran out at the end of the meeting.

Joseph

Batool

Rebecca

First up we had Mark Brown present Dynamic Leadership – 1 Icebreaker entitled “How I learned to learn”. Where he showed how his many useful techniques including spaced repetition in learning.

Boyko

Next, we had Boyko Tzankov presenting “Emotional Intelligence”, which is for perspective Strategic Relationships – 4 Researching and Presenting. For this speech, Boyko demonstrated an understanding in this topic, between our different brains and building good skills in perspective, understanding and reasonable behavior. All in all, helping us from self-sabotaging, road rage and preventing getting ourselves fired. All useful stuff!

Eduard

Swiftly following that, Eduard Kim took the stage presenting his Competent Communication Manual -6 – Vocal Variety in a speech called “The future of Fitness”. In this speech, we saw the future of a successful gym environment tailored at improving connectivity for members, accountability/motivation and gym performance. All in all, inspiring greater use of the gym.

Florian

To round off the speaker portion of the evening, we had Florian Bay, who presented an advanced level speech entitled “High Performance Leadership – 2 – Presenting the Results”. During the speech, we were able to see how Florian has left a legacy for Toastmasters International. He also talked us through his speech in Chicago. We all toasted that!

David & Mark

After four inspiring speeches, we moved on to evaluations. First we heard from David Scott, who emphasized the importance of use of the “threes” in Toastmasters.

Robert

Next, Robert Nicholson took to the stage and gave constructive feedback regarding engaging the audience powerfully with situations they could relate with.

Pascale

Then Pascale Monteil reminded the audience of the importance of vocal variety and how it had been applied with the speech.

Lastly, Eleanor Hanslip came on stage to discuss the speech of Florian Bay. She pointed out some great things about the speech and the legacy that Florian left behind together with achievements. Eleanor wanted to understand the details how the great results were achieved together with the strategies used to overcome obstacles.

Annabel

Before our break, our Sergeant at Arms, Annabel Lamb, introduced the eleven guests for the evening. Guests are an important part of what makes meetings special, so please don’t be shy to stop by!

Susanne

After a break, we returned for a round of table topics! This week our Table Topics master was Susanne Alfs who asked lucky members of the club to take the stage and answer some questions, all based around the theme of New Year Resolutions. We heard about resolutions fluctuating from procrastination, an assessment of the virtues of having no resolutions, and then New Year resolutions which extended to world denomination.

Mohammed

We then invited our Table Topics Evaluator, Mohammed Salih, to give constructive feedback to all the participants. Some themes included taking pauses, position on stage, and engaging the audience through humour.

Which brought us to the end of our meeting. Congratulations to the winners this week!

Mark

Winning The Best Speaker: MarkPlease feel free to join us! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm at St. James the Less Westminster, SW1V 2PS (nearest station Pimlico). Guests are more than welcome to stop by and ask any questions they may have.

Best Evaluator Award: Pascale

Winning Completing Level 1 Pathways: Boyko

Talking about the BFI London Film Festival 2018

Report By: Mohammed Salih
Contributors: Mark B, Florian, Dana, Pascale, Joseph, Annabel, Kam

Paulina, the standing president told of a cycling adventure for charity in France, off course anybody would be proud of achieving such a ride so she suggested when you want something to “Just do it” and added that it would help to remember “Don’t waste time thinking whether you should or shouldn’t”.

Annabel spoke of how it feels when one has not taken the role of a Toastmaster for a year, but reminded us about the importance of managing our progress on the newly launched system of Pathways where all mentoring, coaching and speaking are taken care of. She challenged the audience to “Avoid social media during the meeting” and declared that the chosen theme was swinging between October, pumpkins, Christmas, and finally settling with the British Film Festival BFI.

She asked members what is your favourite film and why? She pointed out that perhaps our favourite films tell us a lot about our personality. She started with “My favourite film is Moulin Rouge, I love the fact it combines cabernet, amazing costume design, set in Paris and of course heartbreak”.

She asked “Which country produces the most films? From 2015” it looks like India with(1,986), then Nigeria (997), then the USA(791).

Dana was the time keeper who introduced the role with a poem with appreciation from the audience. Dana used different styles each time he came up to deliver the time report. It looks like in his words that “Any role, even as boring as timekeeper, can be enjoyable if done with passion”. To be strict with time, we at London Victorians pride ourselves on respecting the time of everyone, hence Dana declared that “What kicks off my timekeeping a word or a gesture” and indeed he was talking to speakers in colours, those red, amber, green lights. If one was to go over the 30 seconds limited after the dedicated time his threat was “You will be dead, think of me as Jack the Ripper of timekeeping”.

The grammarian was Kam who took stage to declare the Italian word of the day “Crescendo” pronounced “cresh-endo” which means “Increasing in loudness”. She spoke of her interest in adopting words from other cultures and where literal meaning can be used in abstract ways.

She pointed out that crescendo is a very useful word despite that it may be misused at times to mean “climax” or “high-point”. We are told of the musical nature of the word as crescendo is most popular and that “It should be applied to anything which is growing in volume, seriousness or excitement but hadn’t reached a climax”.

David S. took stage as the Harkmaster and confessed that attending London Victorians is one of the few places where he practices his public speaking skills, however he reminded us of the importance in being good listers too because such skill gets you sweets at our club. He put is beautifully as he said “I will be asking questions, if you get it right I will give a chocolate, if you get many questions right, you get diabetes”

I am the meeting reporter, or rather the blogger, walked up to the stage to share my recent experience of completing my Master NLP Practioner course of 9 intensive days, I realized that in life “Every change is worth it”, I spoke that tonight I will be changing the role of reporting the meeting from it being written by one person to collaborative effort where more members chip in the writing each a paragraph. Now I am glad that his is the first report where it has at the top the word “Contributors”. I think blogging this meeting is designed to bring change to your life if you found your way to it, the next change is to visit us on our weekly meeting, we can’t wait to welcome you here.

Mutiat doing her Ice Breaker Speech

Speech 1: Mutiat spoke of using her ice breaker speech to tell us a little about herself. One morning she just decided to jet off to Paris to learn French, and why not? But she faced 3 challenges.
As she found herself in the Sorbonne and having to find a room, depending on her mobile as a navigator, it stopped working so she had to use a map instead. Next it was her survival was at stake as she “Couldn’t cook”, ever since she had her food cooked at home and shuttled between Manchester and London, now being an amateur cook was weaning her off meat. This is because there was no “No Halal butcher so I turned vegetarian”. The last challenge was interactions with people, she admits of being “a daydreamer a lot like”. But one day she had to share a book with a girl, this kicked off her comfort with people to the point of Mutiat started to talk to random people.

Speech 2: Hue started with a confession of “This is a truncated version of a best man speech due to time constraints and me having to comply with current social settings”. This certainly was an entertaining speech as he spoke of his mate Paul when he took us back years ago to introduce us to the beginning “At the tender age of 6, Paul met me”. Addressing the bride and the groom with a smile he complemented saying “Great to see how beautiful Liz looks, and how great Paul looks, now I am lying”. The rapport Hugh began to create turning to Liz and understanding that you may be feeling now “A bit apprehensive, I don’t blame you as you are marrying Paul”. Public speaking is not Hugh’s daily work, as he remembers that the last time he was doing public speaking, he was found guilty and was fined £200.

Speech 3: Boyko spoke about the car of the future, he made us wonder what that car would be and when do we expect to to appear in mass productions on our roads. The market seems to be in favour of electric cars, in fact “Tesla is struggling to produce enough to satisfy market demands”. Not any electric cars, but autonomous electric cars and manufacturers like Volkswagen and Ford will mass produce by 2021. So why are we leaning more and more towards such vehicles? Well the answer seems to be buried in these four reasons according to Boyko. Electric autonomous cars are:

1-Good for the environment, this is where 50% less polluting is generated to current models.
2-Price: now expensive but by 2019 they become becomes cheaper approaching mass productions.
3-Convenience: Just imagine Robo Taxi waiting for you, for your spouse and kids each going in different directions.
4-Safety: Statics show that there are 1.3 million deaths a year involved in car accidents
There you go, time to start ditching you petrol based car for an electric one and perhaps an autonomous one, so buckle up.

Speech 4: Sussane drew our attention to an important sector of management Technology Governance. She shared many facts and figures to prove that many organisations are missing the point of IT Governance when it comes to board members. Sussane had identified a number of possible reasons:
1-Boards don’t fully understand technology challenges
2-The term for a board member is 3 years assignment so not enough to build a technology appreciation.
2-Technology Governance is not high on the agenda of the board compared to revenue and marketing.
3-It is a team making decisions on the board, geeks are not good communicators so they get side lined.

Evaluation 1: Priyen began by summarising the speech, he loved using gestures as the speaker delivered the speech, he felt this added to the message being delivered. Priyen commended the high energy displayed by the speaker and stated “This is not usual of an ice breaker”. Not using notes was also a great thing the speaker did. Priyen commended the structure of using 3 points to build up the speech with a recommendation to “Make the conclusion sharper”. He suggested looking at the pace of speech and perhaps slowing down to let audience absorb the information.

Terry winning the Best Evaluaor

Evaluation 2: Terry started his evaluation with a high impact energy as he look to the audience, offer a big smile and begins “What a great best man speech” and we are told of a good formula to use when doing a best man speech to include acknowledging the bride, the bride groom and the groom’s mother-in-law that Hugh did. Terry offered “Tips for the future” that to consider delivering a joke every 45 seconds of such a speech, this is because in contests, speakers are expected to do so every 30 seconds of humour. Hugh had more time of 7 minutes that could have injected more humour. A recommendation to think of setting up the audience for the joke and after delivery, perhaps to pause to let the joke be enjoyed before moving into the next one. Terry concluded by saying “You can use notes, however, look up to the audience and speak to them”

Evaluation 3: Joseph first reminded us of the objectives of the speech which was to do speech a second time taking into consideration the feedback given in the previous speech. Joseph was asked by Boyko, the speaker to look for vocal variety, eye contact and moving on stage on purpose. Joseph recommended using moving as one spoke is to give point then move to a new position not move while they are delivering a point

Evaluation 4: Pascale I was evaluating Suzannes speech from the Speaking to Inform manual on technology in the boardroom. She commended Suzanne on how she engaged the audience to relate the topic to an area they were familiar with, her structure and her use of facts. Pascale suggested that the speaker could increase the impact of her facts by using pauses, repetition and different vocal tones. Overall Pascale thought the topic was a great choice and learnt a lot. Why a good conclusion is better than an abrupt one is that the audience will be able to take away final thoughts easily. If using facts and figures, Pascal recommend to pause a bit, let the numbers sink in the minds of listers and perhaps repeat those numbers.

Michelle a new member

Michelle who joined London Victorians was our Sergeant At Arms welcoming guests at the door and inviting them to find a seat. She took stage to introduce all the guests and tell them about our registration process. To encourage speaking, Michelle wanted to celebrate our achievements be telling us about it, she added “For example my recent achievement at work was that I took extra projects, the result delivered and I got promotion, tell us about yours”. Off course when we look for achievements in our lives, we find many to talk about, here is a list from the meeting guests:
● Started a new job
● Organising brother’s wedding
● Waiting to join Toastmasters
● Get a proper job
● Getting up early to go to the gym
● Complete a triathlon
● Changing jobs after 8 years to a new skill area
● Become more disciplined and organised
● Being here in this meeting after putting it off for a year
● Spoke at dad’s 60th birthday

Florian spoke of how table topics and impromptu speaking helps us in three ways.
1. Building confidence: every second of stage time builds up the ability to communicate with an audience.
2. Develop sharpness: of the mind for meetings daily conversations.
3. New ways: helps in finding new ways to deliver a speech on the fly if you forget something.

This is where all the creative skills, humour and determination begin to show up clearly through the participants short 1 to 2 minutes speech slots. The audience had fun in listening to a multitude of reflections on movies they selected at random prepared by Florian. The result? Here are the highlights.

Steph a new member

In the forest, in the dark night, when the moon is the only source of light, a wolf lies among the trees. The Golden Eye, or was it the fish with the golden eye, it doesn’t matter, that fish gave the man 3 wishes to fulfil. What was that movie all about? The Ready Player 1? Did I find myself in Las Vegas wanting to gamble? I wanted only to play Blackjack putting down $2, but the minimum was $5, so I put the money on the table for the roulette wheel.

The movie Red Sparrow came up, and we wondered was it a real movie or a chance to drift into imagination, the speech drew us into the Japanese Studios of animated movies which is Japan’s version of Disney. But Star Wars 1 was present reminding us of Skywalker, Darth Vader, some of us prefer Yoda as a puppet compared to the animated character present in later versions of the movie. But what do you talk about when you have 4 Weddings and a Funeral? Well we will need 4 actors for the weddings and perhaps a butcher for the funeral. This is because movie worlds like Hollywood and Bollywood are there to visit, consider going to visit Universal Studios and discover the world of casting in movies.

Mark a new member

Mark evaluated our table topic speakers. For each one, he drew out a point that they did well, and an action they could take to improve their speaking further. One suggestion was to use of structure – demarcating different sections of the speech with a clear header “in conclusion” or rhetorical question “so what does this all mean?”, followed by a pause to allow the audience to hear that the speech has moved to the next stage. A useful tip for the whole club!

Ariel winning the Best Tabletopics

Mark also touched on more specific issues like how good it is to project vocal variety, audience engagement by asking the audience questions, using descriptive language when in a new environment like the casino, using good, hand gesture, take the speech into your chosen area of comfort, ending with a clear call to action and starting with a fantastic introduction. We can also improve on other aspects of speech like, move on stage on purpose avoiding pacing side to side, working on your structure of speech, walk on stage to avoid being static, own the stage and sticking to one message.

As a Toastmaster of the evening, Annabel asked many what were their favourite movies, here is the list that we enjoyed:
Dana: Godfather – shows the many different aspects of man.
Kam: Goodfellas; I love New York, Crime Thrillers, Robert De Niro and life transformation.
David S.:Alien – reason being great characters, set design and scare factor.
Mutiat: City of God because it gives a real insight into real peoples’ struggles.
Hugh: The Departed, all his favourite actors under one roof.
Boyko: The Shawshank Redemption, the film has a very inspiring message; a person should never give up.
Susanne: Invictus – about the life of Nelson Mandela.
Terry: Quentin Tarantino ‘From Dusk till Dawn’ because it goes crazy and turns from a crime film into a crazy zombie murder fest.
Joseph: Vantage Point. Whist not a British film, I like it because it was a wonderfully told story of a short event seen from various perspective and how the truth can be difficult to determine without knowing and seeing the big picture from all sides.
Pascale: Lord of the Rings trilogy brought to world I love to live with the most incredible detail….made a fantasy seem like history.
Michelle : True Romance, because I am a true romantic at heart and love a bit of drama.
Florian: Star Wars episode 6 / because good triumph over evil.
Tom T. :Think and Grow Rich, because it shows that you can achieve what you believe.
Paulina: Tim Burton film its quirky but fun. She getting her film playlists ready for long autumn evenings

Our General Evaluator Tom T, spent around 8 minutes telling us what great things we did as a club and members and what things to improve. He noticed we are organised, professional, project high energy and friendly environment.

We at London Victorians love to see guests, if you visit us you would get 3 things for free:

  1. Enjoy a high energy meeting
  2. Learn how we speak publically
  3. Start your speaking career

Now !Put in your calendar when are you going to visit 🙂