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Next Meeting:
23rd May 2019

Meeting Time:
18:45 for 19:00, every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month

(Mingle time from 18:30 to 19:00!)

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Meeting Place:
Tennis Pavilion
Morningside Country Club
De La Ray Road
Rivonia

If you are coming from Sandton on Rivonia road, turn left after the Engen garage into 7th Avenue, then left again into De La Ray

District: 74
Division: H
Area: 4
Club Number: 8217
Charter Date: 6/1/1991

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Toastmasters can help you grow

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying” – Tony Robbins

Whenever Goals are words without actionI tell people that I am part of Toastmasters, I get a myriad of reactions. Some people don’t know anything about it, so I get to explain the wonderful things that I have learnt at Toastmasters. Some people assume its all about getting over a fear of public speaking, and so I get to tell them about all of the other reasons why people join Toastmasters, and others are lapsed members who are reminded that they actually miss attending meetings, so I get them to revitalise their Toastmaster journey.

So, this always gets me thinking about my own journey. Some days I want to stop because of a myriad of reasons, from work to lifestyle to saving money. But I am always brought back to the benefits that I get for a mere $90 a year.

Four things that I enjoy about Toastmasters:

  • I get to practice speaking in front of a captive audience, boosting my confidence.
  • I get instant feedback, that motivates me to keep growing and learning.
  • I meet new people, expanding my network both professionally and personally.
  • As a committee member, I get on the job leadership experience, as well as learning new skills around public relations, from advertising online to web design skills (limited of course, haha) and I get more opportunities to write, something I used to love but have found “life” excuses to help me avoid it.

 

Toastmasters can help you achieve your goals

“A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline” – Harvey Mackay

So, its 2017. A new year, new you right? Even if you aren’t into resolutions, I’m sure you have goals that you’d like to achieve this year. But having an idea / goal in mind, is one thing. Execution is everything, but without adequate preparation, focus and determination, it is nothing.

At Toastmasters, you can get an opportunity to practice these skills.Reaching your target

  1. Preparation:

If you are a member of Toastmasters, you are given projects that you need to complete in order to be deemed a competent or advanced or distinguished communicator. In order to complete these projects, you will need to prepare a speech, ensure it is within the allotted time and that it meets the project’s requirements. If it is another role, you will still need to prepare equipment such as the Timer stopwatch or read up on the project requirements for an evaluation or find a word of the day.

As a committee member, preparation is key in enabling your function to run smoothly.

2. Focus

When you come to meetings, you give undivided attention to the meeting, teaching you how to let of of distractions for 2-3 hours. Depending on the role you are playing, it helps you improve on your listening skills. And if you are delivering a prepared speech, you learn how to focus by drafting a speech with an introduction, body and conclusion, that all ties together and is within an allotted time.

As a committee member, your function requires you to focus on a specific area / skill, and whilst we do help one another out, it does help you to see the value in tackling one task at a time.

3. Determination

Getting up in front of people to speak about something intimate is never easy. Coming to meetings after a hard day at work or home, especially on cold winter evenings, is no walk in the park. Juggling work, home and Toastmasters can be tricky. However, these all help in creating a determined mindset, that helps to build a more resilient person who can get back up, despite what life throws them.

 

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So if you are wondering “how can I juggle Toastmasters amongst all the things that I am doing” or that “I already can speak in front of people, what benefits will I gain here?” Come and join us for a meeting one Thursday and see for yourself.

The year of 2016 is drawing to a close and as the MSTM team, we celebrated our year by having a thanksgiving themed dinner, last week Thursday.

It was a delicious 3 course meal, and we all took turns to reflect on the past year and what we had achieved. Its amazing how when you look at what you achieved or what you are grateful for, the bad things or your problems seem smaller or insignificant.

As we head into December, the last month of 2016 and either party or spend time with family, take this time to relax, tap yourself on your shoulder and keep moving forward.

Looking forward to see you all again in the new year at our next meeting on 12 January 2017. Seasons greetings!giphy-7

Its a new year, with a new committee, new members and new experiences. Thank you to all who attended our first meeting of year. It was a highly entertaining and informative evening.

Here are a few pics of from the evening.

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Awards given to CC1: Ice-breaker speeches. Well done Chiedza and Mpho!

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Happy new year to all our members and prospects. I trust that we have all had a good rest over December and are eager to plunge back into our Morningside Toastmasters Meetings.

Our first meeting for 2015 will take place on the 22nd of January. Please email Botse if you wish to participate.

Regards,
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Happy 2014 to all Morningside Toastmasters and Friends.

As this exhilarating year commences, let us follow the words of Oprah Winfrey, who once said: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Join us on Thursday, 23 January 2014, for our very first meeting this year.You can be assured of an informative and fun-filled evening, with the decadent and melancholy “Great Gatsby” story as our theme for the evening  –   “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hello Morningside Members and Friends

July marks the beginning of the Toastmasters year. With the many new members that have joined the club, it promises to be a great year. Join us for our next meeting on 11 July 2013 and be part of the fun and excitement at Morningside Toastmasters.

Hello Morningside Members and Friends

Morningside Toastmasters held our first meeting of 2013 on 24 January. It was a great meeting filled with the usual Morningside spirit and vibe.

Our next meeting is on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. It promises to be a fantastic evening.

Hope to see you there!