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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

Love your Leadership Manual

Posted by LP User on Thursday, January 30, 2014 Under: Member involvement
In a toughly contested battle between V. Acant and myself, I am the newly appointed VP PR (Vice President - Public Relations) for The Breakfast Club.

My purpose for this new role is two fold: complete my CL manual by using this position to fulfil some outstanding assignments, (see, I am honest) and to give other members the opportunity to work on some of the more obscure assignments (I am generous too).
If you are trying to finish your CL manual, (and who wouldn’t want to achieve that accolade?) then here are a few public relations related topics that you could do to finish it off.

The benefits?

  1. It is so cool to have completed a level beyond Competent Communicator which is where most people stop. And to have the acronym after your name on your badge, for which you will have to pay an additional R45 for a new one. 
  2. You will be closer to one day achieving your DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) which is great to have on your CV and is internationally recognized, wherever people speak. And it is achievable. Reference Lois Strachan who is doing it for the 3rd time!
  3. You will help The Breakfast Club get another point towards our Distinguished Club program which runs every year. The benefit is a sweet ribbon to go onto our flag to show off to visiting Toastmasters from other clubs.
  4. And, even though we are not in this just for ourselves, by working on these projects you can learn some valuable marketing skills that you can apply to your own life, work or career.

Here are the projects and assignments.

Project 6 - Organizing and Delegating

Help Organize a Club Public Relations Campaign
Help Produce the Club Newsletter
Assist the Club’s Webmaster

Project 8 - Motivating People

Club Public Relations Campaign Chairman

Project 10 - Team Building

Club Newsletter Editor or Club Webmaster

How to use these projects

More details on these projects will follow for interested parties, but what I would like to do is work with members who need to finish any of these projects. I will assist you with any newsletter or web site stuff and show you the ropes. I promise that it is not difficult.

We also have the lovely dual assignments in Projects 6 and 8 - Help Organize a Club Public Relations Campaign  and Club Public Relations Campaign Chairman. There are so many opportunities here. A team of 2 or 3 members can tackle any of these projects that takes their fancy, and you can all sign off on assignments in a short period of time.
  • We could gather Toastmaster magazines, put our club meeting details in the address block and share them local businesses around Cavendish.
  • We could take photos at meetings and write a short blurb and send that to the local media.
  • We could contact the local radio stations and offer a short talk around Toastmasters Day in October.
  • We can contact other clubs toward the end of the Toastmasters’ year and offer space for them to complete their assignments in time.
  • Motivate Cavendish to make mention of our meetings on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, even perhaps their website.
  • Prepare a list of speaking tips from our members and share them on the club Facebook Page and blog.
  • Get our members’ stories about why they joined and what they have learned, and share that, with photos or even short video clips. Arrange to put that onto the club Facebook Page and blog.
  • Run a member invite challenge with a prize for the person to invite the most non-Toastmasters guests to the club over a period of time. A bonus prize for the person who converts the most visitors to members or this or any other Toastmaster club.

Other PR tasks include:
  • Writing, or organizing a club member to write, something for both the club newsletter and the blog.
  • Taking, or organizing a club member to take photos or videos of each meeting for both the club Facebook Page and the blog.
  • Taking some of the Toastmaster magazines to the Claremont Library, surrounding medical offices and perhaps the local high schools for their libraries.
  • Update or arrange and handout visitor packs to guests. Include 2 or 3 postcard type handouts that they could pass on to others. The message would be along the lines of “I attended this Toastmaster club at Cavendish and it was great fun. I am planning on going back to visit but I thought I should let you know too as you would enjoy it.”

Folks, I will never get all of this done. That isn't the point. But if just a few of you put your hands up, then we can all complete assignments, get new members for the club, promote Toastmasters, learn some good stuff and have fun.

Please contact me to make some plans.

Charlotte Kemp
082 491 9252

In : Member involvement 

Tags: pr  vppr  cl