All posts by Anna Ilyina

April 10, Kick-off meeting of OPTIMA FORMA, new Russian speaking club

Друзья! C радостью приглашаем вас на первую открывающую встречу нашего нового клуба OPTIMA FORMA (# 6890761)!


Это будет новый перспективный клуб с ярким форматом. Клуб для деловых людей. Клуб про БИЗНЕС и для БИЗНЕСА. Здесь мы будем “прокачивать” важные навыки, нацеленные на эффективное лидерство и качественную коммуникацию. Здесь мы будем делиться провалами и историями успеха. Здесь мы будем помогать каждому почувствовать себя увереннее в том деле, которым вы занимаетесь.

Первая встреча клуба пройдет во вторник 10 апреля в Библиотеке им.Некрасова (м. Бауманская, 5 мин. пешком) с 19.00 до 21.00. Последующие встречи будут проходить там же на регулярной основе каждый второй вторник (не пересекается со встречами русского клуба “Златоуст Мастерс”).

Регистрация на мероприятие здесь

Toastmasters at Pernod Ricard Rouss

Just this recent Wednesday, January 17th, a themed demo meeting was organized by Moscow TM community (just with a little help 🙂) and specifically by the hospitable hostess in Pernod Ricard Rouss company, a member of Autour du Mot French speaking club, our charming Téodora Ivin!

26804651_865230123657915_4463736900446169312_nIt is also worth noting that the meeting was followed by informal chatting and networking accompanied by wine, cheese, bread and seasoned fruit provided by Pernod Ricard Rouss (yummy! 🙂)

This initiative was taken to promote the Toastmasters club but most of all to raise the important role of public speaking in a multinational company such as Pernod Ricard Rouss. Members of Moscow Area as well as representatives of literally all 6 (+1) Moscow TM clubs joined this fabulous meeting!

But not only TM members were there on Wednesday. For this occasion, more than 20 (!!) employees joined this convivial event. We had the chance to hear the Icebreaker speech of one of our dedicated member who fell in love with the club, Lilya (Lili Galiullinacongrats! you are a true Toastmaster now! 🙂)

Here is what Teodora herself says about this event:

“I am even more glad that speaking in public in English was one of her biggest fear and she faced it with a very inspiring speech. Even more employees played the game and went on stage on the improvisation session!

Feedbacks I received so far are very positive: they praised the professionalism of the speakers, the great humor, as well as the organization!

My expectations for the future afterwards this event is first to collect useful feedbacks, then to check a list of employees interested to continue with such an event on a regular basis. If the number of people is enough to open a club, then I will consider this event as a success!

I would like to thank again a last time warmly the entire toastmasters community who helped me, support me and showed a perfect model of how is supposed to be a great Toastmasters meeting!





WINTER CONFERENCE on December 2, 2017

We’re happy to share the exciting news with you: our Winter Conference is going to take place on December 2, 2017! As many of you already know, this is one of the most important events we hold each year. It’s when we all come together, and Moscow Area clubs’ best speakers cross their swords to win the coveted 1st prize.

This time each Moscow chartered club has the right to nominate one speaker for each of the following Area contests:

Humorous Speech contest (in ENG)
Table Topics contest (in ENG)
Humorous Speech contest (in RUS)

So the busy season starts now! The clubs will now have their own internal competitions to determine who’s going to represent them in the finals. As an exception, clubs can also nominate a volunteer without holding a contest (e.g. non-Russian speaking clubs can put forward one of their members for the Humorous speech contest in Russian).

We at Moscow Area encourage all you club members to throw your hats in the ring and take part in the club contests!

Toastmasters Winter Conference Russia

13 April, Jazz & Talks Night

Toastmasters Moscow Area and Jazz Idea Band present you Jazz & Talks Night!

What is about Jazz?
Jazz Idea Bands of XX century performed by Traditional jazz tune, led by one of the Toastmasters (and VPE of Moscow Toastbusters club by the way), Mikhail Pokutny.
Interested what that style sounds like? Check a few live stage recordings. More to see and hear soon! Сurrent events guide can be found here as well.

What is about Talks?

In between the music, the best speakers from Moscow Toastmasters Community will compete for the best brief (up to 3 min) speech entertaining the audience and announcing musical program.

The Chief Judge of the Toastmasters’ section will be the Distinguished Toastmaster and one of the brightest speakers ever :)) – Valeria Kholodkova.

By the way, the event will be run in English – one more reason to come and practice your skills! 🙂

Want to be one of the contestants?

Any member of Moscow Toastmasters Area who shares our passion for music and public speaking in English is welcome on board! Please register so that we know who of you good folks will join us that night!

Not later than 10 days before the event we will confirm your role and you will receive detailed explanation of your challenge in the contest.


Please note that we will ask audience and contestants for pay entry price of 300 rub.

The fee only covers musical program – sorry no free meals or drinks that day, but bar and kitchen are open at your own service. 🙂

In case you have questions regarding this event, please write directly to our Toastmaster facilitators
(just click the links below):Mikhail Pokutny
Valeria Kholodkova

Toastskating 2017

22 January at Gorky Park!

In the middle of this snowy winter Moscow Area wants to organize a fun team-building event:

There are plenty of food-corners at the skating-rink with tea and coffee shops to keep us warm during the skating session, which is from 17:00 by 23:00 by the way.The ice-skating part will probably take 1-1,5 hours and you are, of course, free to leave any time you wish. Or you can walk into a nice cafe with us afterwards… to chat, eat some food, drink some gluhwein, tea or a beer bottle. 🙂

To make sure that you do not get lost, we will organize the general appointment: Oktyabrskaya metro station, circular line, near the underground exit. We will be waiting for all of you who would arrive by metro, starting from 16.30 till 16.40.

We spent great New Year party together, got great memories and lots of fun, let’s skate! The weather is more than good for such leisure 🙂
P.S. The cost of skating is 550 rub. For those who don’t have skates|can’t take his|her skates with them for some reason we have great news – this year rented skates come without deposit! 

Please give us your answers responding to the news (click here to email):
1. Would you like to join Toastskating? 
2. Do you want to bring a friend?