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Glossophobia. The fear of public speaking. Over 75% of people claim to have it. If you think you’re afraid, you’re definitely not alone.

Imperial College Speakers see public speaking to be a very important and transferable skill to have in everyone’s arsenal. It is not something one can acquire overnight but requires constant practice. That’s why this club was created: to give everyone a chance to start practicing and overcome glossophobia early on in life.

Imperial College Speakers welcomes freshers joining the College next week to visit us to see what we’re all about! Everybody is welcome. No English language prerequisites.


Fresher’s Fair 2015/2016 – Tuesday 6 Oct

Our booth in Fresher’s Fair is located at Stand 16 in Upper Dalby Court of Imperial’s South Kensington campus. Do pay us a visit to learn more about the club from our representatives. We’re there from 11am to 4pm.

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First Meeting of the Year!!! – Thursday 8 Oct

Or join us for our first meeting of the year and live the experience. Best of all, no one speaks unless they want to, so there is no pressure! The meeting will be held at 6.15pm on Thursday 8 Oct, usually lasting about an hour and a half. The venue is Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Seminar Room 120.

Click these links to get an idea about what our meetings are like and what Imperial College Speakers is all about.



Some Pics from 21 May 2015

This is a collection of pictures taken on the regular meeting on 21 May 2015, which took place in . Here is a link to the previous post which has more detail about who the speakers and participants were.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen!
The agendas and voting slips for the meeting
President Marcel gives his opening speech
A handshake to hand over the stage to the next speaker
Another handshake
Speaker Sicong Li gives his icebreaker speech

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Winners for the Best Table Topics, Evaluator and Speaker

Regular Meeting, 21 May 2015

Triple treat!

An exciting lineup of three speeches by our members who deserved to be qualified as experienced speakers by now. As usual, we had some extremely thought-provoking Table Topics which got audiences petrified, wondering if they would get called upon to answer them. We had two CC#1 Icebreaker speeches, from Ioannis Michalakoudis (evalauted by the eloquent Daniela Ortner, VPE from London 104 Debaters) and Sicong Li (evaluated by Marcel Admiraal). Last but not least, Mikael Koskela presented his CC#4 speech entitled Cartesian rendevous, evaluated by Fu Xiang Quah.

Visit the next post for more pictures!

Speech & Evaluation Contest, 26 February 2015

Imperial College Speakers holds its annual Speech & Evaluation Contest as a platform for fellow members to gauge their public speaking skills and network with visitors from other clubs. Unlike our regular meetings, there is a little more pressure as participants will be speaking to a slightly unfamiliar audience, making it a very real-world experience. This year’s competition was hosted by our Secretary/Webmaster Fu Xiang Quah and featured judges from several nearby Toastmasters clubs in the area. Fu Xiang started and ended the night in sleek and professional style, making it a memorable experience for the audience and the participants alike.

A high turnout

Participants and their fellow supporters arrived well in advance of the competition’s start. Amongst the audience were judges who were involved in marking ballots to decide who the winners would be! The night kicked off with the Speech Contest, where participants were required to give a 5-7 minute speech on a topic of their choice.

That was followed by the Evaluation Contest, where participants first listened to a guest speaker before they were required to deliver a 2-3 minute evaluation. In Toastmasters, evaluations are as important as speeches, as a good speaker should know to identify good points on how a person speaks. It was a privilege to invite Nkem Anagor, or Kemy, the VPE from Grosvenor Square Speakers for the guest speaker.

Marcel Admiraal in action during the Speech Contest
Matthieu Komorowski dazzles the audience
Kemy from Grosvenor Square Speakers giving her speech for the Evaluation Contest
Audiences pay close attention to a participant as he speaks

Overall, it was a lovely night with incredible performances from the participants and the cheerful audience. Congratulations to Weston Baxter and Marcel Admiraal for winning the Speech and Evaluation contests respectively. But in all honesty, everyone who participated were winners and had their efforts rewarded with a certificate from Toastmasters International. Who would be crowned champion next year? Come on and find out!

Weston Baxter, champion of the Speech Contest
Marcel Admiraal wins the Evaluation Contest

Imperial College Speakers would like to thank the volunteering judges and participants who made this event a resounding success.

Regular Meeting, 12 February 2015

It was a lovely evening at Imperial College Speakers. We had the privilege to welcome a highly experienced guest speaker Anthony Winyard who gave the audience a poignant speech, while our very own President Marcel Admiraal gave a strong inspirational lecture to wrap up the final project on the Competent Communicator manual.

Congratulations to Marcel on completing his CC!

Enjoy the videos below!

Quote of the evening: “Dreams don’t die, only dreamers do”.

Unfortunately, recordings for evaluations are not available as the camera batteries were depleted halfway through the meeting. We apologise for that.


Regular Meeting, 29 January 2015

Imperial College Speakers kicked off 2015 with an amazing lineup of speakers. First was some Table Topics conducted by our VPE Daniel Spencer. The first speech was from Tom Lindeboom giving his CC#1 Speech (evaluated by James Trussler), while Mikael Koskela gave a light-hearted speech about building sand castles in his CC#2 Speech (evaluated by Ioannis Michalakoudis). Good stuff.

Regular Meeting, 19 December 2014

As the winter term drew to a close at Imperial College, we had a somewhat smaller audience for our final meeting of the term. However that failed to dampen our spirits, as President Marcel Admiraal gave his CC#9 speech entitled Carpe Diem, evaluated by Yi Liu.

This was followed by a message from Marcel himself. He announced that there would be a speaking contest in the next academic term! Are you up for it?? 😀

Regular Meeting, 4 December 2014

In this lovely evening, which was kicked off with some Table Topics, followed by two interesting speeches that seemed to be on opposite side of the spectrum. First was new member Mikael Koskela, who gave an interesting CC#1 Ice Breaker speech about octopuses (evaluated by Matthieu Komorowski). Next was President Marcel Admiraal who gave an enlightening talk about how machines could one day replace human workforce, for CC#8 (evaluated by James Trussler).

Regular Meeting, 20 November 2014

Secretary/Webmaster Fu Xiang Quah challenged audiences to think with some tricky impromptu Table Topics. Elsewhere, new member Weston Baxter showcased his excellence in speaking with his CC#1 Ice Breaker Speech, urging audiences to find their calling in life (evaluated by Marcel Admiraal). Sounds interesting? Have a look!