First April meeting

We had a smashing Speak-A-Thon! April Fools! We actually ended up having a great Table Topics provided by Katia Hougaard on the very subject of April Fools (actually due to last-minute cancellations).

In fact, we only had two speeches, one from Niklas Heiler and one from Chuka Nwobodo.

Congratulations to Darragh O’Sullivan for accomplishing the important task of Toastmaster for the first time! Also, Ronnie Zhang was Linguist for the first time.

“Speak A Thon” meeting!

Dear Imperial College Speakers Members and Guests,

Join us this week for a special “Speak A Thon” meeting! Due to popular demand for speech slots, we have changed up the meeting format to allow 5 prepared speeches and 5 evaluations. This week, you’ll get to hear two Icebreaker speeches from our new members Xiaolei and Ronnie. After that, Chuka, Sadia, and Paula will give their prepared speeches.

We are still looking for speech evaluators as well as a Toastmaster this week! If you haven’t tried these roles yet, now is a great time to do so.

The meeting is on Thursday, February 21st, at SAF room 121 at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm.

Our club speech contest is only a week away – there are still contestant slots available for speech and evaluation contests as well as supporting roles for the event. If you’re interested, please get in touch via or our FB page/group.

Hope to see you there!

best wishes, Katia H


ICspeakers – Valentines Day Mentoring “Speed Dating” this Week <3

Dear Imperial College Speakers members & guests,

Are you looking to make a true connection with a special person this Valentines Day, but don’t know where to start? Then come to our Valentines Day Mentoring Speed Dating event this Thursday, February 14th, at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm at SAF 121!

The “special person” we are referring to is your Toastmasters mentor (of course). A Toastmasters mentor is a person who helps and supports a new member through at least 3 speech projects to help the new person gain confidence and independence as a public speaker and leader.  In the mentoring speed dating session, potential mentors will chat with prospective mentees to get to know each other. After the meeting, the club committee will review the mentor and mentees’ preferences and assign 2 mentees to each mentor. It’s not too late to sign up as mentor or mentee!

We will also feature 3 prepared speeches in the second half of the meeting. Kasia will give a speech bringing history to life, Flavian will talk about love, and Niklas will give his Icebreaker – a stimulating programme all around!

There will be free chocolate candy and brownies for everyone!

best wishes, Katia H


Club meeting 17th Jan 2019

Join us this week for our 2nd meeting of 2019! This week, Chuka will lead a Table Topics session on a theme highly relevant to our club – “Sound”. Whether it is in the form of speech or music, sound is a huge component of our sensory world. We will also have a speech from William on how skills can be more important than passion, Chuka will explore the mind of the monkey, and Paula will share her tips for acing interviews. You won’t want to miss it!

Please note that this week’s meeting takes place at Huxley Building room 130 and NOT SAF 121! We recommend you enter the Huxley Building via the Queen’s Gate’s entrance, where one of our club members will be there to guide you to the meeting room.

best wishes, Katia Hougaard


Painting by the Russian artist Kandinsky. Many of his paintings were inspired by jazz music!

Achievements in 2018

Dear ICS members,

Happy New Year 2019! The past year has been amazing, and I feel blessed to serve the club.

First off, I would like to congratulate our friends who have challenged themselves and were awarded in 2018 for their achievements.

For those on Toastmaster traditional education:
Kehan Zhang – Competent Communication
Harold Mantilla – Competent Communication
Katia Carol Hougaard – Advanced Communication Bronze and Advanced Leadership Bronze
Katarzyna Chelinska – Advanced Leadership Silver

And for those on Pathways Education:
Zachary Gen Yamaoka – Effective Coaching level 1
Sadia Zaman – Dynamic Leadership level 1
Varshit Dusad –  Visionary Communication level 1 and 2
Paula Vila – Innovative Planning level 1 and 2

Secondly, I’m excited to say that we may be awarded with the “President’s Distinguished Club” award, the most prestigious award for a Toastmaster club for the first time in our club’s history.

I am even more excited about what we will achieve together in 2019. Let the old year end and the New Year begin with new aspirations to learn and grow!

Best wishes,
Nuttawut Kongsuwan
President, Imperial College Speakers

Happy Holidays from the Imperial College Speakers Club!

It’s been a dynamic 2018 for our club. In this year, we welcomed Nuttawut as our new club president, and he has proved to be a president with true vision, leadership, and compassion. Along with our dedicated officer team of Shibo, Janith, Kehan, and yours truly, we have stepped up meetings from a biweekly to weekly format, hosted exciting speech contests, and helped numerous new members find their confidence as public speakers. In addition, we’ve shared our club with the wider community by “evangelising” at the hectic Freshers Fair and visiting other Toastmasters club to learn from our public speaking peers. We are eagerly looking forward to all the new adventures and evolutions in 2019!

(PS – our next meeting is January 10th at SAF 121 at 6:15 pm if you want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about!)

FINAL meeting of 2018 on Thursday December 13th

Dear Imperial College Speakers Club Members and Guests,

Join us for our FINAL meeting of 2018 on Thursday December 13th at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm at SAF room 121! It’s been a year of tremendous progress in our club, and we want to thank you all for being part of it.

This week, Sadia will lead a Table Topics session on the topic of “Fame”. Paula will share the concept of machine learning with us, while Manuela will illuminate the connections between global health and diet. Sergeant at Arms Shibo will also give a speech, but you’ll have to come along to find out what the topic is!

Join us after the meeting for food and drinks at H-Bar or one of the local restaurants at South Kensington. We are open to suggestions on places to eat!

IC Speakers club will return with our first meeting of 2019 on January 10th at SAF 121 at 6:15 pm. If you’re keen to sign up for roles or speeches, we have all the meeting agendas for January, February, and March available on Easy Speak. Do let us know if you want to book a slot in advance.

See you all on Thursday, and Happy Holidays!

best wishes, Katia Hougaard

VP of Education

Art by Erte (Romain de Tirtoff)

Regular meeting 6th December 2018

Dear Imperial College Speakers Club Members and Guests,

Join us this week at 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm on Thursday December 6th. This week, we are meeting at Huxley building room 140 instead of our normal location. Please find the room by entering the Huxley building via the Queen’s Gate entrance and then walking down the stairs to the basement level. We’ll post signs to guide you to the correct room!

Due to popular demand, we are having another extra-special Speak a Thon meeting! We are featuring 5 prepared speeches and corresponding evaluations instead of Table Topics at this meeting. We will hear from Gina, Mohannad, Sadia, and Paula as well as guest speaker Adam from Polish your Polish. We are still looking for a Time Keeper and General Evaluator so if you’d like to give these roles a try do let us know!

We are going to get dinner at H bar or a nearby restaurant after the meeting, so stick around after the President’s address. Our image of the week is an Ancient Greek symposium, which is a social event to discuss and speak on various topics but it is also a festive gathering for enjoying food and drink with friends.

Best wishes,

Katia Hougaard