We meet at 6.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at The Aldgate Rooms, adjacent to St Botolph’s Church which is in the middle of the Aldgate roundabout, a one minute walk from Aldgate tube station and 5 minutes from Liverpool Street Station. Many bus routes pass nearby.
Our regular meetings start at 6.30pm prompt and finish no later than 8pm. The meetings focus on impromptu speaking, prepared speaking, evaluations and networking. The sequence of the meeting is set by a printed agenda that is timed and easy to follow.
Club members practice impromptu speaking by responding to interesting questions set by the Table Topics Master. Guests are welcome to participate!
A few members will give a speech they have prepared from the Pathways programme or Communication manual. Each project has a specific objective to help the speaker improve their technique. Some members may just be starting out, while others may be further advanced. As speakers progress through their journey, they apply techniques learned in the previous project.
In this section, members practice their listening and learning skills. Members will give feedback to the table topics speakers, prepared speeches, and of the meeting as a whole. They will highlight what the speaker did well and areas that could be improved. Evaluations are a key part of the supportive learning process.
Other members participate in the meetings by fulfilling roles to help the meeting run smoothly:-
- The Toastmaster prepares and leads the meeting as ‘host’
- The Table Topics Master leads the impromptu speaking portion
- The Time Keeper supports everyone by reminding them of their use of time
- The General Evaluator (if on the agenda) evaluates those individuals who have not otherwise been evalutated
Most Toastmasters clubs will have a similar format to their meetings with their own unique feel. We encourage you to visit other clubs too, check out the The London Speaker for a list of London clubs.