Division K

Area 31 Contests – the results

From Chris Lloyd-Davison, Area 31 Director

The Area 31 contests were held on Thursday 6 October 2016 at Angel House in South Quay.

It was a fantastic night with great enthusiasm from contestants and audience members alike, and a happy atmosphere! Thank you to all who came along and helped out on the night, and an especially big thank you to the Chief Judge, Pemma Fox, and the two Contest Chairs, Peter Boulton and Marjorie Perkins.

Contestants from Canary Wharf Communicators, WiBF-Canary Wharf and Woodford Green Speakers participated. The participants were:

– CWC: Harpreet Shergill and Kanishka Aubeelack for the Table Topics Contest.
– WIBF: Nazia Tingay and Nick Harkin for the Humourous Speech Contest, and Becky Tuff and Nick Harkin for the Table Topics Contest.
– WGS: Andrew Steavenson and Lena Chudasama for Humourous Speech Contest, and Jean Adamson and Pamela Odukoya for the Table Topics Contest. A big “Thank you” to Lyn Roseaman for the wonderful photos.
Area 31 Contests - photo Lyn Roseaman

The results of the Area 31 Contests:

Humourous Speech: 1st Nick Harkin (WIBF) 2nd Nazia Tingay (WIBF)

Table Topics: 1st Becky Tuff (WIBF) 2nd Nick Harkin (WIBF) 3rd Pamela Odukoya (WGS)

The Division K Contest will be held on Saturday 22 October, and all winners from the Area 31 Contest will be competing! An exciting and enthralling day you don’t want to miss! Registration is now open and can be found using this link:


Keynote Speakers of Croydon. Tues 6 September

From Majorie Perkins, Area 3 Director

Speakers of Croydon: special meeting this evening with keynote speaker  Ken Olisa OBE.

Register here and join us this evening 6 September 2016: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-meeting-with-keynote-speech-by-ken-olisa-obe-tickets-26866282775

Keynote Speakers of Croydon

Ken is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank and architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. In 1992, after twelve years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. You can read more about Ken and register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-meeting-with-keynote-speech-by-ken-olisa-obe-tickets-26866282775

Hope to see you this evening.

Talk the Talk Evaluation Workshop

From Bryan Chan, President PMI UK Toastmasters

TMI logo 125 hiPMI UK Toastmasters club is delighted to host an evening including an Evaluation Workshop led by Ga Lok Chung.

When: 7-9pm, Wednesday, 14 September 2016

(The first half of the meeting will be the afore-mentioned 45-min workshop, followed by a short break before proceeding to the three prepared speeches with their evaluations in the second half).

Venue: St Botolph without-Aldgate and Holy Trinity Minories, Aldgate High Street EC3N 1AB

Talk the Talk Evaluation Workshop:

Deliver successful speech evaluations that further connect the audience with the speaker

Led by Ga Lok Chung, the 2016 Toastmasters District 91 Speech Evaluation Contest winner. In addition to covering the core evaluation skills used in Toastmasters he will also share his tips and techniques to analyse speeches and to deliver an evaluation which helps the audience connect more deeply with speeches. These skills can be useful in business and social networking situations as leaders want to create a greater impact on their audience.

Entry is guaranteed by registering (free of charge) through Eventbrite – click on the link below:


Pictured below Ga Lok winning the Division K contest

Evaluation Workshop

Educational Workshop: Speak off the cuff

On Monday 8 August 1st London Toastmasters club is hosting an educational workshop on Speaking off the Cuff. You are very welcome to attend.  Please register for free on the link below.

What can you expect at Speaking off the Cuff:

Speaking off the cuff

 The business world and work environment is changing at an alarming late and becoming more demanding than ever! Long gone are the days when employers hired only based on technical skills. Besides, with very many changes happening in the economy and job market in the recent past, you need to sharpen your negotiations and selling  skills MORE than EVER before. These days  good communication skills is a must have DNA! To help you improve on your impromptu speaking skills, we are honored to have Jean- Marc  conducting a table topics workshop and sharing his top tips. Tables topics involve delivering a short speech on impromptu questions with very little or no preparation. It is more daunting than delivering a prepared speech.

Place: The University of Law

Date and time: Monday, August 8, 2016 18:30 PM to 20:30 PM (workshop is starting in second part of the meeting approximately 19:30

Register for Speaking off the Cuff

Find out more and register on this link

A Message from District Director Vanessa King, DTM

Vanessa King District Director

Vanessa King
District Director

Happy New Toastmasters Year!

New Years are typically a time of celebration, appreciation and of looking forward to the year to come.

We have so much to celebrate in our District. At the time of writing, we celebrate achieving President Distinguished District and being very high in worldwide rankings for club growth, distinguished clubs and clubs with more than 20 members. All those numbers are wonderful, but what they mean is truly spectacular. Read More

News from Pedro Casillas DTM, Program Quality Director

Recent DOT (District Officer Training) saw 87% of Division and Area Directors attending an excellent day of Toastmasters education. A fantastic turnout!

Pedro Casillas Program Quality Director

Pedro Casillas
Program Quality Director

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News from PR Manager, Helena Brewer

Have you been FED?

Helena Brewer PR Manager

Helena Brewer
PR Manager

As Toastmasters we communicate mainly by speaking, but that is not the only way. In our District there are plenty of budding writers, from club blogs to Facebook posts. Read More

News from Finance Manager, Meg Heyworth

Assistance to Division and Areas for venue hire


Meg Heyworth Finance Manager

Subject to approval of the District budget by Toastmasters International, District 91 will pay up to £100 towards venue hire by Areas for the purpose of Club Officer Training. Read More

Toastmasters Super Demo Meeting & Picnic


Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London
This Sunday 26th June at 11am

  • Do you want to get together and celebrate the end of what has been a fantastic Toastmasters year?
  • Do you want to join a Sunday club that meets in London?
  • Do you want to join an existing weekday club in London?
  • Are you an existing member or are you thinking about joining?
  • Would you like to improve your public speaking and leadership skills?
  • Do you like to have fun with like minded individuals?

Ask Me About Toastmasters BadgeThen come along to Speakers Corner at Hyde Park this Sunday.  Bring along someone who would love Toastmasters too and bring a picnic.  We will have a demo meeting and then enjoy a sunny lunch in the park.

Book your ticket here.

We will have lots of people there, including our current District Director Jean Gamester, our next District Director Vanessa King, and our immediate past District Governor Hilary Briggs.  And you!

We will be signing up members and leaders to take the Sunday Club forward and will have information about existing clubs and how to sign up with them too.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 from 11:00 to 13:00
Speakers Corner – Marble Arch Hyde Park, W1H 7DX
Reserve your ticket here.

We look forward to seeing you at Speakers Corner this Sunday!

Inaugural meeting of Clapham Connectors Club on 13 June

Ask Me About Toastmasters BadgeClapham Connects!

Come along to the inaugural meeting  of Clapham Connectors, a new Toastmasters club in the Clapham area of London.  Learn how to develop your leadership and communication skills, how to present with power and how to become a great storyteller.

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