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The Breakfast Club

A Toastmasters club meeting weekly from 7.15am to 9am, The Athenaeum, 1 Mariendale Lane, Newlands, Cape Town

<p>Every Toastmasters role provides skills that translate into improving your workplace skills and opportunities. </p>

Every Toastmasters role provides skills that translate into improving your workplace skills and opportunities. 

Posted 89 weeks ago

helping someone decide how to structure their content

  1. Mentee: I should add in that one story.
  2. Mentor: Is it relevant to your speech?
  3. Mentee: Yes.
  4. Mentor: Does it help you illustrate your point?
  5. Mentee: *long pause*
  6. Mentee:
Posted 94 weeks ago
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Posted 125 weeks ago
<p>Outgoing President, Sarah Rossouw and the incoming Committee (+ some members) having a blast at Club Officer Training, after accepting our award as <b><i>top-performing Club in the Western Cape :D</i></b></p>

Outgoing President, Sarah Rossouw and the incoming Committee (+ some members) having a blast at Club Officer Training, after accepting our award as top-performing Club in the Western Cape :D

Posted 131 weeks ago

Top Club in Division D!

The Breakfast Club was recognised at the Top Club in Division D for the year ended 30 June 2016.

Division D covers the whole of the Western Cape and Namibia, so we are justly proud of our achievement.

Outgoing President Sarah Rossouw and members of the new Committee accepted the award at the informative and inspiring Club Officer Training day #WinterCon on Saturday 30 July, 2016

Posted 132 weeks ago

A Cracking Contest! 19 August 2015

What a day! 3 speeches, 3 impromptu answers to a tough topic, and another Speech Contest is done and dusted.  

Without our contestants, there would have been no contest at all

So thank you Brenda Trope, Nathan Phillander and François Rossouw for your hard work in preparation to entertain us.

And the results - drum roll please!!

Acting as a tag-team we have…

First Humorous Speaker award: Nathan Phillander

Second Humourous Speaker award: François Rossouw


First Table Topic Speaker award: François Rossouw

Second Table Topic Speaker award: Nathan Phillander

Photographs of the speakers in action will follow shortly

Thanks to Cliff Featherstone and Heather Malcomess of as intrepid photographers for the day…

Warm thanks to…

Warm thanks to all our judges, timekeepers, tally counters and Sergeant-at-Arms for serving our Club on the day!

Thanks also to Sarah Rossouw who so ably Chaired the competition, and to Simric Yarrow as Chief Judge.

Posted 182 weeks ago

Lamb to the Slaughter, Anyone?

It was good to have Simric back at the Presidential helm after a long-ish absence due to teaching commitments… and no, eh wasn’t the one who got slaughtered ;)

We welcomed two first-time guests: Sindisa and Hassim, we hope to see more of you in the near future.

In addition, we are working hard at documenting our meetings now with both photographs and videos, so watch this space in the coming weeks!

Nathan Phillander was our Toastmaster of the day and with a little history about the origins of Women’s Day (when South African women marched peacefully but determinedly upon the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest against the pass laws), we were off…

Jean-Pierre Hartmann made his debut — his Icebreaker was a refreshing and unusual take on his life journey so far. With a much more philosophical look than usual, this CC1 was a winner. 

Thanks, J-P, we learned a lot more about you!

Second speaker Nicky Seymour was someone we had not heard for a while, and what a speech! It was a zinger as she wowed us with “Sport — for all?” a wonderful, challenging advocacy piece.

Sonya Stephenson, visiting from Good Hope, did a riveting Monodrama by adapting Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter”. One of the guests, Hassim, commented that this was the ‘least expected’ part of the morning for him, but incredibly impressive.

Table Topics took a political turn in line with the theme o the day, and members rose valiantly to the challenge and did a far better job than members of Parliament — at least in our biased opinion!

The evaluators served us extremely well, with relevant feedback to the Speakers which also enable other members find tips that would help them speak better when their turn comes.

With the Humorous and Table Topics contest coming up next week, excitement is running high

The contestants are… drum-roll please!

Humourous contest: 

Brenda Trope, François Rossouw, Nathan Phillander

Table Topics contest: 

Martin Gevers, François Rossouw, Nathan Phillander

Finally, congratulations to our meeting award winners! 

Three people went home clasping chocolate as always!  

  1. Sonya Stephenson (Best Speaker for her Monodrama), 
  2. Sarah Rossouw (Best Evaluator), and 
  3. Jason Sandler (Best Table Topic Speaker)
Posted 182 weeks ago

19th September: Meeting Review

Posted by Angela Horn on Sunday, September 23, 2012 Under: Meeting updates
At just over a year old and already 59 meetings in, I think we can safely say that The Breakfast Club is way past “the little train that could” stage and now in a league all its own. Catch us if you can is probably more apt these days.   We enjoyed another fun meeting this morning, with lots of old faces and even a few new ones. It was great to have such a big turnout.

Unfortunately Thobeka made a last minute apology, which left Angela not only as the first speaker on the agenda, but also the only one. She handled the unexpected turn of events like a pro however, making no attempt whatsoever to bolt for the escalators (at least not that we noticed).   Thank you to Sarah for giving Angela such an in-depth and well put together evaluation. Table Topics madam (Evan’s word, not mine), Berni, kept her victims on their toes by giving them each a quote, saying or phrase based on the meeting’s theme: Lighting a candle.

Burning the candle at both ends
. According to Francois this is a way of being energy efficient. Now that’s some out of the box thinking.  It is better to light a candle than curse the dark. Tambu told us that for some people candles are their only means of light. Thank you for the reminder to not take things for granted Tambu.  A Candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Ayesha said that she learnt from a young age the value in helping others. She also encouraged us to visit the elderly, which I think is a splendid idea!

How to blow out a candle without spraying wax all over the table
. Instead of offering practical advice, Nicky took a different approach by using wax as an analogy to remind us that our experiences are to be treasured, not discarded or avoided simply because they don’t measure up.   I remember when the candle shop burnt down. After first having to establish what exactly a candle shop was, Gideon went on to regale us with a wonderful story about the time that the community’s candle shop went up in flames. What a disaster!

, our grammarian and um counter for the morning, was on top form. Not a single um or ah was missed. She did soften the blow with chocolates though, so we’ll probably let her do the role again sometime.The meeting ended with a real treat, again from Verity, as she performed her winning speech from the humorous contest for us. Hilarious doesn’t come close!

The Division finals are being held next week Thursday at the Alphen Hall in Constantia, so if you’re looking for a fun evening night out, be sure to come along! Tickets are R70 if you book via EFT or R85 at the door. Snacks are included.

Wishing you all an ‘ab fab’ week until we meet again.

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