Division B

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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Breakfast Briefing – 7 February

We have invited the HR Directors of a number of large companies and Government Departments based in London to find out how Toastmasters International can help their organisation strengthen their employees’ communication and leadership skills.

We are holding a breakfast briefing, free of charge, at 08:30 on Tuesday 7th February at Premier Meetings, London Victoria, 82-83 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PS.

The briefing lasts about an hour and will give them an introduction to how Toastmasters works, the benefits for their organisation and their staff, and share exciting news about the new Toastmasters Pathways programme.

If you know of an organisation that would like to attend, please email me to register. The briefing is limited to the first 20 confirmed delegates.

 Andy Hammond DTM
Club Growth Director

District 91 – UK South

email: andythammond@btinternet.com

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: https://vimeo.com/41858237

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.



Come to our evaluation workshop 13 Oct

From Jirina Andrews, President London Corinthians

Join London Corinthians for an interactive workshop on Thursday 13 October Evaluate with Purpose by Catherine Casale, CC, CL

London CorinthiansThe workshop covers why to evaluate, key evaluation concepts, and how to analyse a speech. The workshop will include three prepared speeches followed by evaluations using different methods of analysis. After each evaluation the audience will give additional feedback to the speaker, practicing the same method of analysis. The thinking and feedback skills strengthened by evaluating are useful in every area of life!

When 13 October at 7.15 pm for 7.30 start

Where Tate Modern Room, Double Tree Victoria, London SW1V 1QA (towards the back of Victoria Station)

Results from the Area 52 Contests Oct 2016

From Kasia Chelinska, Area 52 Director

Monday, 3 October 2016, Area 52 Contests were held (Humorous Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest) in the stunning Libary room in Grange Strathmore Hotel, Gloucester Road.

Area 52 contests

Competing were: Michael Lake (HSp) & Shola Kaye (TT) for Grosvenor Square Speakers; Christopher Walker (HSp) & Paul Carroll (TT) for 104 London Debaters; Mike Burnell (HSp) & Suzana Kalcic (TT) for Kings Speakers; and Adam Micek (HSp & TT) for Polish Your Polish.

Many thanks to our officials Lyn Roseaman for chairing the contests and to Brian Skelton our chief judge.

Our Area 52 contests results:

Area 52 Contests winners

Table Topics: Paul Carroll (1st) and Shola Kaye (2nd)

Humorous Speech: Adam Micek (1st) and Mike Burnell (2nd)

(Pic L to R: Kasia, Lyn, Adam, Mike, Paul, Shola, Brian)

The evening was a great success filled with fun and laughter. The room was packed with members and guests. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The contest season is not over yet.


All winners will compete in the Division B contests THIS SATURDAY 3 October in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Victoria. Come to meet and support them. Feel free to bring friends.

Join in the Speakfest where you can deliver 5 min speech on any topic, attend workshops and enjoy the contests where 16 speakers will compete (8 in each contest). Book your tickets now.

You can register for this special event at:



Saturday 8 Oct: Division B Workshops & Contests

From Florian Bay, Division B Director

Division B ContestsAll Toastmastes are invited to attend Division B Workshops & Contests this Saturday in Victoria. Once again we’ll open the stage to you in our morning speakfest. You will be given 5 minutes to speak on whatever you want as well as a chance to get some feedback.

Two excellent workshops have be arranged:

Leadership and change management expert Jean Gamester will present a workshop on succession planning & long-term leadership.

Trained actress and international presenter Nicola Dhillon will be sharing us her expertise on how to build a strong connection with your audience and feel confident at the same time.

In the afternoon, we’re excited to have 2011 UK & Ireland Humorous Speech champion Ola Aralepo to open the events with a keynote speech “An Heroic Act” to inspire us how to become better and wittier speakers. 16 Contestants from all over West London will then take part, 8 in the Humorous Speech Contest and 8 in the Table Topics Contest. Come and support them as they vie for the crown of West London Humorous Speech champion or Table Topics champion!

A delegation of Toastmasters from China keen to see London’s best in action will be joining us too!

Morning activities will start at 9:30 sharp. Contests will begin at 13:30. Book an all-day ticket to come and go as you want! The action is taking place in DoubleTree Hilton Victoria, in 2 Bridge Place.

Secure your place now and see you all on Saturday!

Area 8 Contests Pimlico

From Gino Coquis,  Area 8 Director

Area 8 Contests PimlicoOur Area 8 Humorous Speech Contest and our Table Topics Contest will be held on Wednesday 27 September starting at 6.45pm. The evening is hosted by London Victorians.  Please come and join us.


Venue for the Area 8 Contests Pimlico

St James the Less, Moreton St, London SW1V 2PS, just off Vauxhall Bridge Road, (close to Victoria and Pimlico stations).

Area 8 comprises: London Cardinals, London VIctorians, Ofgem Speakers and Phoenix Speakers

Tues 20 Sept – Area 6 Contests

From Gagan Singh club President and Pemma Fox, Area Director

Area 6 ContestsLondon Athenians are hosting the Area 6 contests on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

The stage is set, judges briefed for the Area 6 Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests. Five clubs will be sending their best to compete in this round and you are invited to see the contestants in action. Be there at 7pm for a 7:15 start.

Our venue for the Area 6 Contests

The contests will take place upstairs at The Hop Poles, 17-19 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9HR.

Area 6 clubs are:

London Athenians,  London Corinthians, London Olympians, Sytel Reply Toastmasters and West London Speakers

Grosvenor Square Speakers – contests – results

From Grosvenor Square Speakers

Grosvenor Square Speakers

Congratulations to all the contestants who took part in Grosvenor Square Speakers contest evening on 12 September at  The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch.

The  contest chairs Brian Guo (Humorous Speech Contest) and Yvonne O’Garro (Table Topics Contest), both did a fabulous job.

The results were as follows:

Grosvenor Square SpeakersHumorous Speech winners

1: Divina Tumlos

2: Michael Lake

3: Rizal Ang

(pictured Divina with Lyn)


Grosvenor Square SpeakersTable Topics winners

1: Shola Kaye

2: Rizal Ang

3:Jill Segal

(Pictured Shola with Lyn)

We wish Divina and Shola the best of luck representing #GSS at the Area 52 Contests . These will be held on Monday 3 October 7pm at the Grange Strathmore Hotel (nr Gloucester Road).

Thanks to everyone involved in making the #GSS Speech Contests a success.