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Written by Scott

Introduction

On Monday, 8th May, Bloomsbury Speakers had their regular meeting at the Wedge Issue Pizza. We heard some exceptional entertaining speeches from the Club members and enjoyed an outstanding Table Topics session with Club’s guests.

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from the President Sheldon who introduced the session with an anecdote about Will Smith and skydiving, stressing that being outside of your comfort zone can be a blissful and rewarding experience even if it doesn’t seem it beforehand. He introduced Toastmaster Peter who then introduced Timekeeper Dan and Grammarian Scott.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Fabiano, in his Speech number 6 “Fighting for Your Self-Confidence”. A muscular speech about his experience training Muai Thai kickboxing and self improvement that transcends the physical nature of a martial art. A knock out with the audience!

Matt was the second to speak. His speech number 9 entitled “The Man on the Moon” was a personal speech about his relationship with his father, shared characteristics and stealing a car (in Grand Theft Auto). Very heartfelt and well performed.

The third speech was given by Margarita. Who sold the audience on how to sell in her advanced speech “Chill Pill”. She gave us some tips on selling and demonstrated this with a lengthy and impressive section of improvisation selling to audience member Sebastian, who left with a much lighter wallet.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the three evaluators – Helen, Atul and Julian.

Then Tracey, the Table Topics Master, took the floor with the subject of change, provoking some entertaining and sincere speeches from the participants. Sheldon evaluated each speaker afterwards.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, James evaluated our club and the meeting. Also giving us a brief taster of his upcoming Best Man speech.

At the end of the meeting President Sheldon invited those who are interested to apply to join the Committee next year. If you would like to learn more about the Committee and/or are interested in joining it, please get in touch!

Awards

Best Speaker: Matt

Best Evaluator: Atul

Best Table Topic: Dan

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place at The Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer (91-95 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5BX), on Monday, 22 May, at 6.30pm. Come over to practice your public speaking skills and enjoy delicious pizza on the Club!

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday, 24 April, Bloomsbury Speakers had their regular meeting at the Horseshoe Pub. We heard some exceptional  entertaining speeches from the Club members and enjoyed an outstanding Table Topics session with Club’s guests.

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from the President Sheldon who told us about his recent trip to Japan and stressed the benefits of public speaking in various areas of life. He introduced Toastmaster Helen who chose friendship as the theme for the night. She then introduced Timekeeper Louisa and moved on to prepared speeches.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Pao-Sheng, in his Speech number 2 “The UK: My Second Home and Classroom of Life Lessons” he shared with us the highlights of his experience of living in the UK and compared lifestyle here with the one in Taiwan.

Julian was the second to speak. His speech number 4 entitled “How I Became a Baker” amazed the audience. Not only Julian shared with us his secret recipe of a delicious bread, he also brought a home baked bread loaf and kindly invited everyone to try it! Yummy..!

The third speech was given by Chantal. In her highly entertaining speech number 6 “How (Not) to Get Published” she told us about her personal experience of being a writer and gave the audience some great tips on getting a book published. Most importantly, Chantal inspired everyone not to give up after rejections and follow dreams and passions no matter what.

The last speaker was Agnes. Her speech number 7 entitled “There’s Always Tomorrow” was devoted to procrastination. Agnes made the audience cry with laughter describing how procrastination was stopping her from writing this speech. She also gave us some recommendations on fighting it, for example, “eating a frog” in the morning, i.e. doing the least pleasant task first thing.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the four evaluators – Margarita, Peter R, Rupert and Sheldon.

Then Atul, the Table Topics Master, took the floor and invited Rupert, Nigel, Margarita, Julian, Chantal, Chris, Anko and Peter R to participate in impromptu speaking session. Chantal and Julian evaluated each speaker afterwards.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Grant evaluated our club and the meeting.

At the end of the meeting President Sheldon invited Margarita, VP PR of the Club, to tell about her role and invited those who are interested to apply to join the Committee next year. If you would like to learn more about the Committee and/or are interested in joining it, please get in touch!

Awards

Best Speaker: Agnes

Best Evaluator: Sheldon

Best Table Topic: Margarita

On that night one of the club members – Helen – also received Competent Leader Award!

Next meeting

Please mind that next meeting will take place at The Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer (91-95 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5BX), on Monday, 8 May, at 6.30pm. Come over to practice your public speaking skills and enjoy delicious pizza on the Club!

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

 

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Dear Members and Friends of Bloomsbury Speakers

As the days get warmer and longer and with the end of the Toastmasters now in sight at the end of June, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on our year so far.

Since July the club has welcomed 12 new members, each of them bringing their own unique stories, but a common desire to step outside of their comfort zone.  We have seen a few of existing members earn their Competent Communicator award, Competent Leader award, and even an Advanced Communication award (well done Helen!).  We’ve had to say a sad farewell to our old venue at the Clerk & Well, but we gleefully bid good riddance to our old club motto.  We’ve also modernised our website and picked up an award for our PR efforts on social media.

Most importantly though, we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing so many of our members grow in their abilities in speaking, listening and leadership, and all in the warm and supportive atmosphere that Bloomsbury Speakers prides itself on.

Perhaps now is also a good time to ask yourself what your goals are at Toastmasters over the next few months. Maybe you’re an advanced member who wants to take it up a gear by running a workshop, or booking in some challenging speeches?  Maybe are you a relatively new member looking get through the next few speeches of the Competent Communicator manual, or work on your evaluation skills?   Whatever your goals, my recommendation is to seize all the opportunities that Toastmasters brings!

On that theme, the end of the Toastmasters year is when we ask all club officers to step down from their positions to give our newer members the chance to be part of the leadership team.   Do you have creative ideas about how the club can bring in guests, drive engagement, and help our members realise their full potential?  Being on the leadership team comes with a few responsibilities and challenges, but it is through these that we learn the most.

I can honestly say my experience as VPE and then President has been huge at helping me to recognise my strengths and constructively address my weaknesses in a leadership role.  There are several roles to choose from on the committee, with varying degrees of time commitment and responsibility, so come and talk to us to find out more.

Have a great weekend, and see you at the next meeting!

Sheldon
President, Bloomsbury Speakers

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday, 10 April, Bloomsbury Speakers tried out a new venue – Horseshoe Pub for their regular meeting. It was a fun and inspiring night with many guests who actively participated in this meeting.

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from Acting President Peter R. who told us how Bloomsbury Speakers helped him become a confident speaker and achieve success at work. He introduced Toastmaster Swarajit who stepped in for this role last minute and entertained us with fun the facts of club members’ doubles that he found on Bing. Swarajit introduced Timekeeper Barbara and Grammarian Julian.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Scott, in his Icebreaker speech he suggested that limitations are not always limiting and through sharing his personal experience of studying Spanish he inspired us to take advantage of limitations we have in life and use them to have more things done.

Olga was the second to speak. She gave the first speech of an Advanced manual “Speaking to Inform” entitled “London Markets”. In her fun and engaging speech she recommended us to visit three of her favourite street markets: Columbia Road flower market, Old Billingsgate fish market and Sunbury Antiques.

The third speech was given by Margarita. She also cracked on her Advanced manual and gave her first Storytelling speech entitled “The Happy Prince”. Margarita told us a touching story about a statue of a Prince and a little sparrow, who sacrificed their lives for helping others.

Then Stella, Sergeant at Arms for the night, introduced the guests.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the three evaluators – Pao-Sheng, Heleana and Rupert. Then Yamina, the Table Topics Master, took the floor. She structured her very philosophical and entertaining questions around the theme of sun. We heard from Peter F, Heleana, Gary, David, Julian, Pao-Sheng, Anko and Charlotte, who all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes. Atul evaluated each speaker afterwards.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Kaveh evaluated our club and the meeting. Peter, the Acting President of Bloomsbury Speakers and VPE of the Club told the members more about his role and invited those who are interested to apply to join the Committee next year. If you would like to learn more about the Committee and/or are interested in joining it, please get in touch!

Then Peter wrapped up the evening by announcing the awards.

Awards

Best Speaker: Margarita

Best Evaluator: Heleana and Atul

Best Table Topic: Helena and Gary

There was also an extra award that the Club received that night: for PR and Social Media.

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place at The Horseshoe (24 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AG), on Monday, 24 April, at 6.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday, 27 March, Bloomsbury Speakers’ members and guests gathered downstairs at Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer for an evening of excellent speeches and numerous self-development opportunities.

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from President Sheldon who introduced Toastmaster Atul. He told us a story about a clown he had met at a party and who inspired him to join Toastmasters. Atul set up a theme for the night – things that make us smile – and introduced Timekeeper Paul and Grammarian Helen.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Dan, who gave an extraordinary Icebreaker speech entitled “? = 52 Pubs + Beach?”. The answer to this puzzle is Aberystwyth, a town in Wales where Dan studied for several years. He told the audience about this place’s charm but reminded that it’s important to be in the right place at the right time, and we shouldn’t be afraid to leave when it is time to do so.

Barbara was the second to speak. She also gave an Icebreaker speech entitled “Stepping Out”. Barbara impressed the audience with her props – shoes that correlated to different periods of her life. By sharing her story with us, she inspired everyone in the room to take small changes in their lives to experience a great reward of joy and love.

The third was Julian, with speech No 3 entitled “The Limited Bandwidth of the Human Brain”. He discussed differences between the way humans and machines process and exchange information, explained various types of thinking and concluded with some great tips on improving our cognitive abilities, including context switching and speed-reading.

The fourth speech was given by Chantal. She entitled her project No 5 “Make Like a Sloth”. Through her personal story of getting a dream career at an environmental charity, she stressed the importance of slowing down sometimes. She recommended us to take a sloth as a role model for achieving unpredictably great results in life.

After the speeches, our Sergeant at Arms Peter F. invited guests to introduce themselves and speak about what makes them smile.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the four evaluators – Scott, Matthew, Peter F. and Peter R., who stepped in the last minute to replace Tracey Alexander and was therefore confused with Tracey throughout the night.

We were then introduced to our Table Topic Master Renars, who structured his questions around the theme of smiles and happiness. We heard from Swarajit, Yamina, Olga, Margarita, Alek, Alice and Stella, who all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes. Sheldon evaluated each speaker afterwards.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Saba from Holborn Speakers, evaluated our club and the meeting. Sheldon, the President of Bloomsbury Speakers, wrapped up the evening by announcing the awards.

Awards

Best Speaker: Barbara

Best Evaluator: Peter R. (aka Tracey 🙂

Best Table Topic: Stella

As Bloomsbury Speakers are approaching the end of the Toastmasters’ year, the Club is accepting applications for joining the Committee. Starting from this meeting, each current Committee member will be introducing their role and inviting fellow members to express interest to take their role for the next year. This time it was Olga, VP Membership, who told us that her role would suit anyone who has an email account and likes helping people.

If you would like to learn more about the Committee and/or are interested in joining it, please let us know!

Next meeting

Please note that our next meeting will be held at a new venue, The Horseshoe (24 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AG), on Monday, 10 April, at 6.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

 

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