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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

Meeting review - 22 January 2014

Posted by LP User on Thursday, January 30, 2014 Under: Meeting updates
~ Sarah Rossouw

After an excellent meeting the week before, mostly because I got over myself and shocked everyone by delivering a prepared speech, I was thrilled to see a full table of faces greet me on Wednesday morning – 14 pairs of eyes stared with anticipation back at me!  We welcomed two guests in this number, Rhona and Leanne, a mother and daughter team out to conquer the world.  We hope to see them again.
Francois led the meeting with his usual aplomb and entertained us with stories in between the items on the agenda.  He included one about a young American driver, who, under the influence, was totally unaware he had picked up a newspaper delivery man – through his windscreen!  Francois did, however, get a resounding telling off for not running the meeting to time from our General Evaluator, Brenda.  Well done Brenda!
All admiration goes to Wendy Ward who, on the day, realised that she could not deliver the CC 9 she wanted to do, and still do it justice.  She needed more time to prepare.  But instead of dropping the Toastmaster by just pulling out, she honoured her commitment, and filled her time with her blog post, which was most entertaining.  Charlotte Kemp followed with an Eduslot on Impromptu speaking and shared with us 5 useful tips to delivering a great impromptu speech.  I think Charlotte possibly also broke the world land speed record for the fastest speaker in one part of her speech! Wow!  She also reminded us that to become proficient speakers and to always improve we needed Stage Time, Stage Time, Stage Time!  Excellent advice.
After one very impromptu evaluation and one excellent evaluation (it’s fantastic to see Simric getting up there and learning the ropes of evaluating), it was my turn to present my Table Topics.  No pressure on me to follow Charlotte’s detailed presentation of what makes a good Table Topic topic and what doesn’t!  But I think I did okay.  Kudos to Leanne, our guest, for being brave enough to give it a shot.  Good job, Leanne!  Of course, Nathan walked off with the prize AGAIN!  Man, he’s good!  I hope he’s going to compete in the next Impromptu Contest.
After another entertaining, interesting and fun-filled meeting, we all waved good bye and went on our merry inspired ways for another week.  See you all next time!  Ciao

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