It's About You
If you are bamboozled by being put on the spot at meetings, you will be able to learn and practice techniques to deal with unexpected questions;
If you are getting ready for a key speech, a step up to leadership or need to improve your ability to speak, lead and influence, you will get the opportunity to practice and get bags of valuable feedback.
If you simply need to get out more and mingle, you will receive a very warm welcome from all the members and guests. Toastmasters has been helping members of the public to improve their skills in speaking, listening and leadership for over 80 years. They have a honed programme which you follow at your own pace which gives you the opportunity to practice all the skills you will need. If you join the club, you will be part of an organisation of some 345,000 members worldwide and will get to hear interesting speeches from people with very different backgrounds. As a guest you can come along to any of our meetings for free. You have nothing to lose but your fear of speaking in public! We always welcome friendly, committed, and punctual new club members.
Covent Garden Speakers
Based in the heart of London, members provide each other great support to build a vibrant and safe environment to improve their speaking skills. At every meeting, we present, we receive evaluations, we network and we hone our leadership skills. You will learn to deliver persuasive, humorous, technical and impromptu speeches.
Why not come along to our next meeting and become the communicator and leader you have always wanted to be!
To provide a powerful, engaging and highly educational environment for people to learn, develop and grow in confidence.
Format of a Meeting
A combination of prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, and evaluations.
We are part of Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation. Through its thousands of clubs around the world, Toastmasters International offers a program designed to help members improve their public speaking and leadership skills.
Underpinning the Toastmasters journey is the education programme, which is comprised of two tracks: Communication and Leadership. The two tracks are not mutually exclusive; you may participate in both at the same time if you wish. You progress through each track by completing a series of manuals that contain projects and evaluation guides. There are many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way.
Members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical meeting will last around 1.5 hours and gives everyone an opportunity to practise their speaking skills:
• Guest Introductions – Each guest is invited to introduce themselves and say why they have come along to the meeting.
• Prepared Speeches – Three members present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters manuals. Each project focuses on a different aspect of public speaking, including structure, voice, language, gestures, and persuasion.
• Table Topics – Members present a 1-2 minute impromptu speech on a topic chosen at random.
• Constructive Feedback – Each prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
• Meeting Roles – There are a variety of roles which allows the meeting to flow and gives you an opportunity to speak, such as Timekeeper, Grammarian, and Toastmaster of the Day.
For more information, visit toastmasters.org.
As a guest, you can come along to any of our meetings for free. We also welcome visiting Toastmasters, locally or from abroad.
IMPORTANT: Please email us in advance if you wish to attend so we can add you to our guestlist: email@example.com .
When: we meet every Tuesday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Where: Freemasons’ Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 17, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ.
Please sign in at the reception desk on the ground floor.
Anyone arriving after 7:10 a.m. may not be admitted.
Nearest tube station: Covent Garden or Holborn.
Nearest train station: Charing Cross.
Nearest bus station: High Holborn, Holborn Kingsway, Aldwych or Strand.
Visiting as a guest is free and you can come along as often as you like to get a good understanding of what Toastmasters is and how it works.
If at any point you decide that you want to join our club and start giving speeches, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a membership application form.
A membership is paid twice a year, plus a one-off registration fee, which includes your manuals and registration with Toastmasters International.