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Division B contests – results!

From Florian Bay, Division B Director

Over 200 Toastmasters and friends from all over London enjoyed an excellent Saturday in the splendour of Freemasons’ Hall while attending London Speaking Forum 2017 and the Division B InternDiv B Evaluation winner 2017ational Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest.

The workshops on offer covered topics such as rhetoric, body language, trust and storytelling. All the workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by those present and attendees also drew inspiration from two pre-contest keynote addresses by Toastmaster Bob Ferguson and by Peter Botting.

The standard in both contests was extremely high. In the morning, the best evaluators from West London regaled the audience with in depth-analysis of a mystery speech about Meritocracy. Our international speech contestants finished the day by inspiring the audience with subjects including fighting fires in the jungle and climbing Alpine peaks.

A thoroughly excellent day enjoyed by everyone present!


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Division C contests – results!

From Dudley Flynn, Division C Director

The highlight of the Division C conference, held at the prestigious London Business School in Regents Park on Saturday 8th April were the International Speech and Evaluation Contests.

The International Speech Contestants were:
•    Christina Alaby
•    Ola Aralepo
•    Edwin Atiegobo-Bello
•    Tom Donnelly
•    Ben Siskand

Div C Intl Speech winner 2017

And the winners were
1. Ola Aralepo
2. Christina Alaby
3. Tom Donnelly

The Evaluation contestants were:
•    Marta Garcia-Salvador
•    Tazud Miah
•    Laurent Nicourt
•    David Saer

Div C Eval winner 2017

And the winners were
1. Tazud Miah
2. David Saer

The final of both contests will be held at the District 91 Conference in Southampton 5-7 May 2017

Check out details of the contests and the conference:

Division L contests – the results

From Steve Brewer, Division L Director

When I opened the contest I announced that I was the Division Director and I got a tremendous cheer from the audience,when I said that I wouldnt be for much longer I got an even louder cheer.The wonderful thing about toastmasters is that supportive environment and that sense of fun.

The supportive environment never made things feels like a chore> Andrew Tollinton arranged the venue and Nadine ,Nick ,Simon and Chief Judge Andy O’Sullivan made sure everything was ready as they contacted contestants and facilitators.  Everyone was in the right place at the right time!  This allowed us to be treated to seven prepared speeches and a target speaker, David Banfro, who came from outside District 91 for our eight contestants to evaluate.

This was definitely a competition worth winning and our placed contestants were:

International Speech Contest winner

International Speech Contest

1.Simon Bucknall

2,Gill Ornstein

3.Salem Al-Damluji

evaluation contest winner

Evaluation Contest

1.Freddie Daniells

2.Barry Greenan

3.Gill Ornstein

Please come at support Simon and Freddie at the conference in Southampton 5-7 May 2017.Come for the whole weekend or just a part of it.

Toastmasters District 91, The Mayflower Conference 2017

Join us for the documentary SPEAK

From London Division B Toastmasters

Join us for a screening of SPEAK the movie with Thien Trang Nguyen Phan, Finalist at 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking. Register here on Thursday 24 November 6.30pm-9pm, Canary Wharf.


SPEAK is a documentary film about the fear of public speaking, and the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Captured over an almost two year journey it all culminates in a week of fascinating human drama in Calgary, Alberta, after which one person is crowned “World Champion of Public Speaking”. Funny, inspiring, moving, and utterly absorbing, SPEAK follows the trail of those brave souls who take on the fear of public speaking – the world’s #1 fear – and live to tell the tale.

Funny, inspiring and moving, SPEAK tells a story about hope, perseverance and transformation – a story we can all relate to.

One of the 2016 Finalists of the World Champion of Public Speaking will be joining us for this event. Thien Trang Nguyen Phan represented our District this August in Washington DC and became the first member from the UK since the early 2000s to win her semi-final and to compete in the final. Thien Trang will be sharing her story and experiences in Washington with us.

Where and when?

Citicriers Toastmasters, E14 5LB (full details when you register). Thursday 24 November, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (GMT)

This will be a FREE event, but attendees must pre-book attendance here

And are invited to donate £3 on the day to help pay for the costs of screening the movie. A raffle will be held on the evening with prizes at the end of the event!

Watch the movie trailer here:

Congratulations to our Winners

Our 2016 District 91 Table Topics Champion is:

Andrew Klimaytys

Our 2016 District 91 Humorous Speech Champion is:

Dallas Leigh-Martene

Many congratulations to both of them.