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Good morning,
I would like to invite you to the Downtown Toastmasters meeting this evening, the 23rd March, 2016.
Feel free to call or email with your inquiries.You may also like our Facebook page ‘Downtown Toastmasters Club’ for more frequent updates.
For guests, there is a charge of 300 Kenya Shillings. Tag a friend along as we sample the great speaking and leadership mastery on display.
Warmest regards,
James Asonga President Downtown Toastmasters 0725047590 www.facebook.com/downtownnairobi www.twitter.com/downtownnairobi
Downtown Toastmasters Club Meeting No. 83
Venue: Norwich Union House, 4th Floor, Meeting Room 8
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Come and listen to a number of prepared speeches, possibly take part in the Table Topics-an impromptu speech session and get inspired to be a better communicator and leader.

The Downtown Toastmasters Club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Please note the meeting days and venues of other Toastmasters clubs in Nairobi as below:
Kwanza Kenya Toastmasters Club Venue: United Kenya Club Meeting days: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Smart Speak Club Venue: Parklands Sports Club Meetings days: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Nairobi Toastmasters Club Venue: United Kenya Club Meeting days: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month Time: 12.45 pm – 2.15 pm.
Upper hill Toastmasters Meetings venue: Acacia Room at Nairobi Club, Ngong Road Meeting days: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month Time: 1pm-2pm.
JKUAT Toastmasters Club Meeting Venue: JKUAT University, Juja Meeting days: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month Time: 7:00pm – 8:00 pm.
Nairobi Early Birds Toastmasters Club Venue: Luther Plaza Meeting days: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month Time: 6:30 am – 7:30 am.
Sema Toastmasters Club Venue: United Kenya Club Meeting days: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
Anchored Toastmasters Venue: Luther Plaza Meeting days: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.
K-Toastmasters Venue: Villa Rosa Kempinski, Training Room Meeting days 1st Thursday, 6:30 a.m – 7:30 a.m. & 3rd Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Membership Restriction: Corporate club, restricted to Employees of Villa Rosa Kempinski
Toastmasters@Chiromo Meeting days 1st & 3rd Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Venue: Standard Chartered @ Chiromo (Head Office) Membership Restriction: None; the club is open to all interested parties.
GE Kenya Toastmasters Club Meeting days 1st & 3rd Thursday 2:00 p.m. Venue: General Electric General Mathenge Drive Nairobi, 00100 Kenya Membership Restriction: Corporate club. Restricted to Employees of GE

Early Birds Toastmasters voted Best Toastmasters Club in Kenya

On July 4, 2015 Early Birds Toastmasters Club – the youngest chartered club in Kenya (Oct. 2014) – was voted the Best Toastmasters Club from a pool of six other clubs. This was during the first ever Brag and Borrow buffet held during the Best of Toastmasters Kenya event. The president of the club, Nelly Wakaba attributed the win to the club’s members following its three principles: Excellence, Execution and Enthusiasm.

Early Birds Toastmasters with their winning trophy
Early Birds Toastmasters with their winning trophy

Congratulations to Early Birds Toastmasters who will need to defend the trophy over the next two years in order to retain it.

If you would like more information about when the club meets, visit their website http://www.meetup.com/Early-Birds-Toastmasters/


Gachau Patrick is the incoming Vice-President of Public Relations at Early Birds Toastmasters. He loves conversing and has given eight speeches at different Toastmasters clubs in the last two months.


He is feeling especially conversational today and is giving a discount on the ticket for Best of Toastmasters Kenya for anyone who asks him a question. Simply WhatsApp him on +254 738 100040 today, June 24th for your chance to get a discount.

Visualize yourself winning

You have prepared a winning speech. You have rehearsed. You have worked with your mentor then rehearsed again and again.

What’s left?


You must want to win to win. Visualising yourself winning is a very important aspects of your preparation. When you close your eyes you should picture yourself having fun before the audience . You should notice the audience having fun as well, smiling and hanging onto every word.

Picture yourself winning  and it will give you the attitude a winner. The audience will love it. The Judges will love it. You will love it.

Pause not Aah, uhm

Whether it is true or not that we fear silence because of the dread of that final pause when we are six feet under, we should never replace ‘silence points’ with redundant sounds like ah, eh and uhm.

Pause for two or three seconds and audiences assume you’ve lost your place; five seconds they think the pause is intentional; after ten seconds even the people texting can’t help looking up. When you start speaking again the audience naturally assumes the pause was intentional… and that you’re a confident and accomplished speaker. A poor speaker abhors a vacuum; only confident speakers are secure with silence. Take one long pause to gather your thoughts and the audience will automatically give you speaker bonus points

Tall Tales Contest

Tall Tales with vocal variety contest:

Duration allowed 3 to 5 minutes
Eligibility Open to All

Tall tale 2012

Contestants are required to tell a story of highly exaggerated and improbable nature and have a theme and a plot while using vocal variety smoothly and naturally. It is advisable to study the objectives of Project 6: Vocal Variety, in the Competent Communication manual. Props may be employed. For details about rules see General Rules and Procedures.

Click here to signup for Speaker, judge, ballot counter, timer or Sergeant at Arms or click here to contact the contest chair


Once you consent to being a judge in a speech contest you subscribe to certain obligations to certain people including the following:

Contestants: Contestants are entitled to, expect and deserve a professional judging. They should receive fairness and impartiality. They have invested heavily in the speech both in time and resources. A fair judgement makes it worthwhile.

Toastmasters International: Toastmasters has a reputation for excellence including excellent speech contests. Poor or biased judging erodes this reputation and demeans the contest.

The Audience: Whenever judges fail to make the best choice the audience will notice and feel cheated. Most in the audience are accomplished speakers themselves. A fiasco will deter them from participating in other contests.

Themselves: As a Toastmaster, judges have made a personal commitment to self-improvement. By violating that commitment the judge violates him/herself. This is a great disservice to self.
Don’t miss on the 2015 Speech Derby for excellent speeches, Excellent evaluations and excellent judging.

Lights, Camera, Action


This is how the the 2012 Gala was reported in the Kwanza Kenya Toastmasters News letter.

Lights, Camera, Action

23rd June 2012….this was the day when Toastmasters and their esteemed guests were treated to an unforgettable evening. The year’s Annual Dinner was simply scintillating!

The gala was hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel & the Guest speaker was the talented June Gachui – an advocate, a thespian, a singer and an entrepreneur to boot.   June thoroughly connected with her audience, she held us captive with her delivery and most of all, inspired us to greatness! She is a star performer!

Wangu Wachira (Kwanza Kenya TM) & Carol Kariuki (Nairobi TM), the MCs of the evening were excellent. The quiz ace David Gray Kimaru did not disappoint  with his mind boggling quizzes. The table topics speakers demonstrated that it is possible to think and speak with a full mouth. The joke master, well let us say that the only people not laughing were those who were in stitches. The poet, the guitar players and the song birds made it all more memorable.

The 3 speakers of the evening, including an impromptu speaker,  reminded the audience that public speaking is a must for all.

On the deck was the experienced DJ mentored by the famous DJ Babbz who did not disappoint. Lucky raffle winners smiled all the way home with amazing gifts from our sponsors and partners including two nights for two at the Amboseli Serena Lodge.  All in all, it was a wonderful evening!

Hats off to the organizing committee and thank you for helping us close the year with such aplomb.

See you at the 2015 much grander event