London Cardinals Speech Mark

Newsletter: 7 August 2017 – I am a citizen of the world and where are you from!

Posted by | September 2nd, 2017 | Comments Off

Renata was the toastmaster of the evening and the general theme of the evening was early summer time childhood memories. The responses from all the functionaries were multi-coloured, full of warm summer sunshine and happiness.

Maria, who held the role of grammarian came up with an incredible suggestion for the word of the day: dashing. The word well-loved and used by the members and the functionaries and effectively has been gracefully transported from period dramas into the contemporary platform of our London cardinals meeting.

Our energetic and fun loving Thomas engaged the audience with an incredibly stretching table topic session. The brave speakers had to come up with their polished answers about: Putin versus Trump; nuclear weapons and threats to humankind; Kim Jong-Un; and why Melania Trump is forced to dress “off the rack”.

Prepared speeches- one Ice breaker!

The second half of the meeting was equally engaging as the first half. Michelle delivered her icebreaker called: Where are you from? The audience learned about Michelle’s complex national identity and her quest for her roots. The speech had a powerful ending stating that Michelle regards herself as a citizen of the world and she asked her audience: where are you from?

Joey with project number two gave us an incredible insight into the world of dreams and their interpretations. Do our dreams just reveal our hidden fears and desires? Or are they reflections of our daily life, which come back to us at night with potent messages?

Mohammed with project number seven brought to everybody’s attention how social media can promote the wrong heroes. Mohamed went on to guide us through the work of three unsung heroes who do not bask in the glory of mass media, in spite of being responsible for changing the lives of millions and millions of people around the globe.

Chau blew our minds with her incredibly energetic and bravely performed speech nine!  With first initial swishes of Chau’s skirt and well-rehearsed dance movements came realisation to all of us that Chau’s life is so multi-dimensional and there are sides of her life, which have not been discovered by the London Cardinals family!

Bravo to our winners of the evening

Best Speech

Sonia – Table topics!
Michelle- The best speech!
Carolina- The best evaluator!

A fond farewell to Danny who is now leaving Cardinals and moving to Japan.

Upcoming Events: Humorous Speech Contest & Presidents Roast Party

Posted by | August 6th, 2017 | Comments Off

London Cardinals social diary is getting busy with Humorous Speech Contest (Sep,11th) and Past Presidents Roast Party (Nov, 15th)
Lots of great opportunities to participate!

Newsletter: 31 July 2017 – A Magical Evening with a Holiday Theme

Posted by | August 6th, 2017 | Comments Off

Emile was our toastmaster this evening, our word of the week was magical which became intertwined with Paula’s table topics theme of holidays.

Furthermore, Emile had asked each of her functionaries for a book recommendation for a beach read and I for one was jotting down some future reads…

Our president Lucia got  us all excited about upcoming events: The humorous speech contest on 11th of September and The Past Presidents Roast Party on 15th November!

Prepared Speeches – Advanced Speech and Danny’s last speech at London Cardinals!

Arnab gave us a speech entitled Leap of Faith. He told us about a bungee jump that he got “roped into” as part of a close friend’s attempt at overcoming vertigo. We were there with him as he took that jump and he drew the parallel to Toastmasters and the leap of faith that we take there each time we come.

Leonard gave us a speech about the Curse of Sam Maguire. How a Gaelic football team, Mayo, have been cursed for six decades…since 1951 when they last won the Sam Maguire cup. It might have been a speech about an ill-fated team but it was filled with humour…

Shimi delivered an advanced interpretative reading project number 3. Her reading was entitled “The Unbalanced Mind” and brought us into the life inside the head of a man with dementia. It was moving and contemplative.

Long time member Danny gave us his final and winning speech before his move to Japan. It was a storytelling piece “World War One: the Beginning” and talked us through the international politics at play, national allegiances and showed us how one month’s decisions led to four years of war. And argued that there is more than one lesson that can be taken from history.

Nita won table topics with a tale of how Wagner’s Ride of the Valkries evokes memories of a family driving holiday from her childhood in a burgundy morris marina, driving along an unmade road with the evocative smell of her brother’s socks.

Danny won best speech.

Sonia won best evaluation with her review of Danny’s speech but also her warm words to wish him well with his upcoming move.

Best Speaker

Congratulations to Danny, Nita and Sonia!!!

Newsletter: 17 July 2017 – It’s about the journey and enjoying every moment.

Posted by | July 30th, 2017 | Comments Off

Mohammed stood in for Lucia as president and Maggie was a very safe pair of hands as our Toastmaster this evening. It was particularly poignant as it is her tenth anniversary of joining Toastmasters and she told her how this has enabled her to take on other roles in life. For one: becoming a tour guide for the British Museum. Maggie baked to celebrate and there was an abundance of Victoria sponge to fuel us for the evening. All those on the programme had been asked what Toastmasters had helped them to achieve and it was great to hear how much it has equipped us all.

Word of the night was “tantalise” and Table Topics was summer themed with scenarios from childhood memories, sandcastle building to how to eat fish and chips on a harbour side and simultaneously see off hungry aggressive sea gulls.

Four top notch speeches

Thomas gave us a speech around choice in relation to work, career and life choices.  He told us that for him, work is all about the result, for career he likes to plan to stages ahead and life? It’s about the journey and enjoying every moment.

Arnab let us in on some of the marketing ploys that get us to use more and more….  Toothpaste, shampoo and how the imagery and language encourage us to consume.  A pea sized amount of toothpaste is all we need.

Gino spoke to us about Sam the balloon dog. A story packed full of humour, intrigue, adventure and visual imagery. His six year old son featured in the story and was there to hear the story.

We were delighted to welcome Simon Bucknall as our guest, former Cardinals member and District 91 International Speech Contest winner. Simon is off to Vancouver for the World Championship of Public Speaking in August and is testing his speech material. He gave us a speech called “To be perfectly honest” that helped us to stop worrying about what others think, or trying to be perfect.  It was full of characters larger than life that sounded fictional but were actually real..from professors specialised in medieval suicide to schoolboys searching for their path in life.

The ribbon for Table Topics went to Chau for her story on how she would protect her fish and chips from aggressive seagulls with some equally aggressive eating. The ribbon for the best speech was awarded to Gino (and son) and tonight’s Best Evaluator ribbon went to Danny.

Newsletter: 19 June 2017 – Let the Party Begin!

Posted by | July 15th, 2017 | Comments Off

President Lucia opened the meeting with a very summery seasonal welcoming speech about a little boy, who instead of delivering a speech in front of his friends, asked his parents:  let the party begin!

The motto: ‘let the party begin’ has been diligently taken over by our energetic toastmaster Thomas – who has woven things together with the theme of the evening: summer time, holidays and travel time.

The chosen theme has proven to be a great hit with everyone who took part in the program and we all learned a lot more about each functionary.

The table topic sessions theme was very much in line with the general theme of the evening and Helen helped us to gain insights about toastmasters favourite places to visit, curious incidents, ways of travelling and hobbies through personal stories and personal confessions.

The winning ribbon of the table topic speeches went to the most fashionable lady- Chau, who told us what it takes to be the most fashionable!

Prepared speeches- one Ice breaker and one advanced speech!

Paula elegantly spoke about the beginnings of her existence, an incredible story about the true meaning of the word ‘sharing’. This was a sincere disclosure about Paula’s identical twin sister without whom Paula’s life and Paula herself would not be complete.

Christie delivered a fantastic and convincing project N2 speech about networking among total strangers and gave us a lot to take away and reflect on in the form of powerful tips and recommendations.

Alfred delivered project N6 about future possible optimisations in the software world, with incredible punch lines, that future progress is only possible if we are capable of looking backwards to learn. Alfred delivered a very convincing speech and spoke with a lot of authority showing that he is the real expert of the subject!

Jenny delivered the winning speech called; ‘The rules are meant to be broken. Praise by Dave Allen’ and we learned about one of the funniest men in the  late 80 who was known to misbehave in all sort peculiar ways and yet had a great talent of making people laugh!

Newsletter: 5 June 2017 – With a little bit of luck!

Posted by | June 20th, 2017 | Comments Off

Our President Sonia warmly greeted the audience and opened the evening with an energy injection that lasted for the whole session!

Maria, Toastmaser for the evening, chose Luck as the theme for the night. It turned out that our members are quite a lucky lot – winning money in casino, being upgraded to business class and escaping dangerous situations unharmed!

Christia structured Table Topics session around the thought provoking “If you could…” statements. Our members exercised their imagination describing what they could do if they were superheroes, animals or had super powers

Prepared Speeches – An Icebreaker and TWO Advanced Speeches!

Malachi brilliantly presented his Icebreaker entitled “ The Perception of Legitimacy”. Malachi told us about his student years and how important it is sometimes to change the direction. It was Malachi’s first speech and it was the winning speech of the night as it was full of great humour and irony.

Issam’s #3 speech “Keep swinging” was a thoroughly researched and structured story about’s Issam’s favourite gym equipment – kettlebell! Apparently, it’s a great idea to add a kettlebell to your workout routine as it will combine both cardio and weights training!

Gino has fascinated the audience with his advanced speech about cyber attacks! Full of great facts such as – about 90% of cyber attacks start with phishing emails – and great explanations, it was a great piece of information from Gino!

Finally, delivered an advanced speech entitled “My Lucky Break”. Paul told us encouraging stories –  the first one was about Paul’s journey at Toastmasters International and the second was about Simon Bucknall who eventually developed a second career as a keynote speaker!

Best Speech

Congratulations to Malachi for the best speech, Leonard for TT and Joy for evaluating Paul’s speech!


Posted by | June 8th, 2017 | Comments Off

***Join us for our annual SHOWCASE EVENING on the 19th June 2017 guaranteed to an evening to remember!!***

Newsletter: 22 May 2017 – Be Spontaneous!

Posted by | June 5th, 2017 | Comments Off

The end of the TM year is upon us! Our showcase meeting is on the 19th of June!

Last meeting was opened with the warm greetings of our President Sonia, who brought over some sun to London from excessively sunny California!

Chau was our Toastmaster for the evening and the audience indulged in the very well-rehearsed spontaneity of the evening. It was a witty pick of the theme, as we all know that practice makes perfect when it comes to preparing for your speech.

Joy, the Table Topics Master of the night, challenged members with questions about Britain. We had wonderful  mini speeches on a dress code for the royal wedding and on a challenge of being spontaneous when you need to book 8 months in advance!

Prepared Speeches

Helen confidently presented her #2 speech about her love for cycling. It was very easy to follow and full of fun personal stories from the life of a cyclist. Why not to try it now when the summer is in the city!

Mohammed brilliantly delivered his #6 speech about a Syrian girl Yasmin. It was a deeply emotional and moving story about Yasmin who had lost her loving and caring father in the mayhem of the Syrian war.  Powerful and beautifully descriptive language from Mo.

An advanced speech from Renata about the new age thinking was very topical and relevant for the audience. As always, Renata shared wonderful personal stories about her phases in life, supported with witty jokes and beautifully crafted allegories. Let’s not forget that age is just a  number and it’s only important for wine, cheese and whiskey!

Lucia delivered an unforgettable story based on her personal experience of getting pregnant. Lucia masterfully set the scene, outlined the characters and build up emotion. The story culminated with wonderful news – Lucia is expecting twins! It was a wonderful and winning performance as well as a masterclass in storytelling.


Best Speaker

Best Speaker

Newsletter: 8 May 2017 – Don’t let bitterness still your sweetness!

Posted by | May 21st, 2017 | Comments Off

The evening was opened with a warm welcome from our President Sonia. Sonia told us about the great time she had at the Toastmasters Spring Conference in Southampton.

Denise, our Toastmaster for the evening, skilfully orchestrated the night making it another unforgettable learning experience for all in attendance.

Stephan, our Table Topics master for the evening, masterfully  led the impromptu session filled with varied personal stories from our members. We heard stories about first kiss, first love, biggest fears and the proudest moments.

New Committee

Paul opened the second half of the evening endorsing the new committee. Lots of background work has been happening in the last few months as the term is coming to an end this summer. As always, the club is proud to have very talented and enthusiastic members serving at the committee.

Prepared Speeches

Nita has brilliantly delivered her first speech devoted to her passion for water. Wonderfully structured and passionately delivered the speech was a very poetic description of the beauty of swimming and also of its therapeutic power.

Joy has truly moved the audiences with her winning #3 speech devoted to her friend Chris. It was a beautiful story about an outstanding person who knew how to celebrate life. The story was a powerful reminder for everyone – don’t let the bitterness still the sweetness.

Leonard has delivered his thoroughly researched #6 about social media. Its omnipresence and convenience come with a price. So, let’s not forget about the negative effects of overexposure, distorted representations and peer pressure, specifically challenging for young people!

Congratulations to Joy for the best speech, Lucia for TT and Paul for evaluating Joy’s speech!

Division B Contest on Saturday, 22nd of April

Posted by | April 17th, 2017 | Comments Off

Support Danny and Caro at the Division B Contest on Saturday, 22nd of April!!!