Taking part in club activities

Members learn a lot about communication

and overcome fears through taking part in club activities


The structured meeting has many speaking roles that vary in complexity and allow members to practice speaking in front of audiences 

Members can also learn a lot about speaking and leading through running the club itself, as part of the executive

Learning is all about taking part


The foundation of Toastmaster learning

The is nothing more critical to improvement than good feedback. The speech (and table topics) elevator roles are important to help speakers develop their skills.

Evaluation is the core to the toastmaster learning experience and forms most of a meeting.


This is a role that helps everyone improve


The Skill of Impromptu Speaking

A Table Topic is short unprepared speech that is given entirely impromptu.  Most toastmaster meeting include table topics because it encourages speakers to be versatile and think on their feet.  All Toastmasters remember their first table topic because of the fear it creates and the pleasure at conquering that fear.  It is also huge huge fun.


Keeping our meetings running on time

The average agenda can include contributions from up to 20 people so the control of timing is important. The Timekeeper's function is to provide timing signals to participants and to report specifically on the timing performance of topics speakers, prepared speakers and evaluators


Looking at how we use language

The Grammarian is an evaluation role for language not people. This role is all about active listening and critical thinking.  There is no role better suited to developing effective communication skills


Welcoming our lovely guests 

The sergeant-at-arms for the meeting is an excellent role and of vital importance to the club. Guests are the next generation of toastmasters. Everyone arrives at a club as a guest and the first person they meet is often the sergeant at arms.  The SAA introduce the guests to the rest of the club, explain toastmasters and current club entry policy


Giving feedback to meeting experience

The General Evaluator is a role that helps all people doing roles get better at them. The average agenda can include contributions of at least 7 types of role so the main function of the General Evaluator (GE) is to give good feedback on them and how the meeting went overall.  The General Evaluator role is a challenging role that looks at the big picture


Hosting the club meetings

The Toastmaster is a role that is key to the meeting running on time and being lively.  The average agenda can include contributions of up to 20 people so the main function of the toastmaster is to ensure smooth transition from one speaking role to the next.  The toastmaster is both the facilitator and host of the meeting.


Bringing 1st London to life

One of the best ways to learn by doing is to join the executive and serve 1st London.   There is great camaraderie and a strong sense of purpose that comes from being part of 1st London's executive

Not only does it bring many many speaking opportunities in its own right, it is essential for leadership skills.  Members simply gain so much that is not the official learning material that comes through practical experience

It is a rare chance when life allows you to create magic That magic is chance the executive offers to truly change people's lives

Join the executive and create 1st London's magic


Leading 1st London

The President is the chief executive officer responsible for supervision and operation of the club. The president sets the tone for the club and provides helpful, supportive leadership for all activities


Learn by taking part in a meeting

1st London meetings are where members learn to practice speaking and leadership.  It is easy to think though that the learning is only about giving prepared speeches


The formals speeches are prepared in advance. 

The meeting roles though are not


Instead they take a structured approach that requires speaking without the stress of the preparation. They vary in complexity which allows speakers at whatever their level to take part

And the impromptu speaking slot teaches you you how to think and speak on your feet with no preparation at all


Learn below about how helpful

these roles can be to speaking


Inspiring people to learn

The VP of Education is responsible for oversight of the education program and helping members to achieve their learning goals


Bringing in the next generation of speakers

The VP of Membership manages the process of bringing guests to meetings and encouraging those guests to become members. The VPM maintains a constant flow of new people into the club


Safeguarding 1st London's resources

The Treasurer is the club accountant. The Treasurer manages the club bank account, paying bills and processing membership fees to Toastmasters International


Speaking for 1st London

The VP of Public Relations promotes the club and notifies the club about activities. The VPPR updates web content and social media, and safeguards the Toastmasters brand identity 


Keeping 1st London's sense of self

The Club Secretary maintains club records, manages files, handles club correspondence and takes the minutes at each club and executive committee meeting. In this club the secretary also helps with running club competitions


Keeping the 1st London engine running

The Sergeant-at-Arms keeps track of the room and helps with the mechanics of running the club.  The SAA arrives early to prepare the meeting place and looks after members