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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

Verity Price take 2nd place at Minicon 2012 Humour Contest

Posted by Angela Horn on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Under: Competition news

Verity Price take 2nd place at Minicon 2012 Humour Contest

Toastmasters from across the country gathered in the Mother City this past weekend for District 74's annual MiniCon, which was hosted at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It kicked off on Friday evening and didn’t stop until the last booty had been shaken late on Saturday night.

It’s been said that once you have attended a conference you will be hooked for life, a truism if ever there was one. District 74 Conferences are renowned for providing great value for money, fantastic speakers, a high level of contests and of course, the BEST parties.

Keynote speaker, Alan Committie, had the audience in stiches on Saturday morning as he did his best to ‘dissect a butterfly’ in order to explain its beauty. He’d been tasked with sharing comedy tips with the eager crowd and that was the odd, but uncannily apt, analogy he came up with to make the point that trying to explain funny just isn’t funny.

Not to be outdone, our Humour Contest participants in both the English and Afrikaans categories were equally hilarious. After much pencil chewing and agonizing the judges eventually arrived at a decision.

Biddy White with her speech, Sole Proprietary, won the English contest and Breakfast Club member, Verity Price, took second place. Adri Rothman won the Afrikaans Showcase with her speech, Want boot gaan ons boot. 

There’s unfortunately no direct translation for this delightfully descriptive phrase, but in a nutshell it means we’re going to sail that damn boat no matter what.

In : Competition news 

Tags: toastmasters  district 74 minicon 2012