Meeting report from the meeting on June 4

Exciting meeting at HOD Speakers this week. First time Toastmaster of the Evening, Paschorina Morty, thoroughly prepared and researched, subtly and confidently in charge and in control, creating a solid space of formality, in which the creative energy, irreverent fun and always inspiring variety of speeches had room to blossom.

An ice-breaker from Dipesh Shah
An informative guide to Investing like a Pro from Manish Kataria
A speech choreographed to music from me (David Phelops)

First-time guest, Nick won Best Table Topics Continue reading “Meeting report from the meeting on June 4”

Having a ball

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Satya best evaluator
Satya best evaluator

I had a ball being in charge of HOD Toastmasters meeting last night… Laughs abounded throughout the evening, mixed in with some serious speech making

Five speakers: a brilliant ice-breaker, three CC manual speeches and a Nigerian children’s moral fable. (“Why Do The Sun & The Moon Live in The Sky?”)

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Do you fancy being on the HOD committee for 2017/18?

HOD Committee for 2017/18

You may know that the Toastmasters International year runs from July 1 to June 30, so from July 1 the new committee will take over. Are you interested in being on the new committee? if you are interested but not sure what some of the roles entail here is some information on the roles and responsibilities. if you would like to take one of these positions please let Gill or Elsa know.


The President presides at meetings of the Club, has general supervision of the operations of the Club. Serves as one of the Club’s representatives on Area and District Councils. Continue reading “Do you fancy being on the HOD committee for 2017/18?”

Hark now hear the cricket toast!

The meeting on April 20 at HOD was a normal mix of fascinating, entertaining and slightly strange !

The whole night was organised and given an efficient flow with the debut of Jo in the TME (Toastmaster of the Evening) role, and she did a superb job and you would never have guessed she’d never done this role previously.

Nike delivered her HPL (High Performance Leadership) speech outlaying her plans for what she’ll be doing to achieve this award. This was evaluated in her normal insightful way by Gill.

Best speaker award Karl
Best speaker award Karl

Karl delivered a very humorous icebreaker speech for which he received the best speaker award of the night and was evaluated by Angela Hook.

Dennis enlightened us on the process for a loft extension for the 3rd project in the CC3 manual which was evaluated by Manish who won best evaluator award shared with Mike. Continue reading “Hark now hear the cricket toast!”

A buzz in the air at the extra March meeting for HOD

For the fifth month in a row HOD held a third meeting of the month to cope with the demand for speaking opportunities from our ever growing membership.

In a change to the regular format there were 5 speeches and a reduced table topics session.

The following members gave prepared speeches:

Elsa winner of best speech- March 30
Elsa winner of best speech- March 30

Manish Kataria did project 3 from CC manual. Bobbie Rutherford and Angela Hook both did project 4, Denise delivered project 6 and Elsa Caleb did project 5 from the Professional Speaker advanced manual with the award for speaker of the night going to Elsa. Continue reading “A buzz in the air at the extra March meeting for HOD”

HOD wins both contests in the area final

On Saturday March 25 the area final was held at Watford speakers club for the International Speech contest and Evaluation contest.area 61 evaluation contest 2017-winner Gill Ornstein

Gill Ornstein president of HOD speakers won both contests with a powerful speech and challenging evaluation. To add a feather in the cap for HOD, Mike Freedman was placed 2nd in the evaluation contest. 1st & 2nd go through to the division finals meaning that both Gill and Mike will be representing HOD and area 61 in the division L final at London Business School on Saturday April 8 at 1.30pm. Continue reading “HOD wins both contests in the area final”

HOD now meets three times a month

Over the past year there has been a huge increase of members at HOD

This has seen us add an additional meeting each month so that members get plenty of speaking opportunities.

HOD Speaking club

The club continues to go from strength to strength and in the recent Area speech contests HOD won 1st and 2nd (Gill and Mike) in The Speech evaluation contest and 1st (Gill) in The International Speech contest. Gill & Mike now go on to compete in the division finals on April 8th.

We wish them the best of luck.