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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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How Toastmasters Works

At Toastmasters, you develop public speaking and leadership skills by completing speaking and leadership assignments in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 15 to 20 people who meet once a month. Each meeting gives you an opportunity to practice:

  • Conducting meetings. Meetings usually begin with a short business session which helps members learn basic meeting procedures.
  • Presenting prepared speeches. You will get an opportunity to present speeches based on projects from the Toastmasters International Competent Communication manual. Projects cover such topics as speech organization, voice variation, body language, and persuasive speaking.
  • Giving impromptu speeches. You will get an opportunity to present one-to two-minute impromptu speeches on assigned topics.
  • Offering constructive evaluation. Every prepared speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.

The Tools You Use

Upon joining a Toastmasters club, you will receive a variety of manuals and resources on speaking and leadership. You will also receive “The Toastmaster”, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights on speaking and leadership techniques.

Toastmasters and Leadership

Leadership cannot be learned in a day, it takes practice. In Toastmasters you build leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and motivating others to reach greater heights. Club leadership roles and working through the Toastmasters International Competent Leadership manual will offer you an opportunity to further develop your leadership skills.

Benefits

Toastmasters produce results. Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training. There have been countless stories of people transforming from scared and timid individuals to confident and ambitious people.

Company Benefits

A company’s success depends on communication. Employees face an endless exchange of ideas, messages, and information as they deal with one another and with customers day after day. How well they communicate can determine whether a company quickly grows into an industry leader or joins thousands of other businesses mired in mediocrity. Toastmasters provide the tools that enable employees to become effective communicators and leaders. Toastmasters training helps employees:

  • Give better sales presentations, hone their management skills, work better with fellow employees, effectively develop and present ideas, offer constructive criticism, and accept criticism more objectively.

Community Benefits

Toastmasters have helped many members in their community service activities. Using the speaking and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters, people have become more active in business, churches, and service and charity organizations. Toastmasters’ members are able to organize activities, conduct meetings, and speak in public as their organization’s representative. Some even become active in local state or national government.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors elected by the members. Toastmasters International’s business and services are administered by its World Headquarters, located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. It employs no paid promoters or instructors. It has no salaried staff except the executive director and World Headquarters staff, who provide services to the clubs and districts.

Attending as a Guest

If you are interested in visiting a Toastmasters Club you are more than welcome to attend as a guest. Please just sign-up on easy-Speak and click attending as a guest.

Becoming a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Morningside Toastmasters Club, please complete the Toastmasters application form. The cost to become a member is $20 for a new member kit and $40 due every six months. We will then send your application to Toastmasters International and you will receive two manuals, a communications manual and a leadership manual. For more in-depth information to the process, please read How Toastmasters works 2017-2018.

Below is a brief break down of the manuals that you will work through at the club meeting. When you have completed these manuals you will receive a certificate from World Headquarters in America acknowledging your achievement.

Communications Manual

Modules Content
The ice breaker Introduce yourself to your fellow club members.
Organise your speech Structure a speech with an opening, body & ending.
Get to the point Convince the audience of your sincerity on a subject.
How to say it Select the right words to communicate your ideas clearly.
Your body speaks Use body language as part of your speech.
Vocal variety Explore the use of voice volume, pitch & rate in speaking.
Research your topic Use new knowledge from several sources.
Using visual aids Learn the value of props in speaking.
Persuade with power Persuade the audience to accept your point of view.
Inspire your audience Understand the mood and feelings of your audience. Put those feelings into words and inspire the audience.

Leadership Manual

Project 1 Listening and Leadership Project 6 Organizing and Delegating
Project 2 Critical Thinking Project 7 Developing Your Facilitating Skills
Project 3 Giving Feedback Project 8 Motivating People
Project 4 Time Management Project 9 Mentoring
Project 5 Planning and Implementation Project 10 Team Building

Advanced Manuals

Once you have completed the basic manuals, there are advanced manuals available. Below is a list of advanced manuals:

1.      The Entertaining Speaker

This manual includes valuable information on how to give an entertaining or dramatic speech, where to find material, how to make an audience laugh, and what to do when you’re asked to speak after dinner.

2.      Speaking to Inform

The projects in this manual will help you give informative and interesting speeches. Topics covered include the demonstration talk, the fact-finding report, the abstract concept and resources for informing.

3.      Public Relations

This complete guide to preparing and delivering a public relations speech will help you develop resources and techniques, “speak under fire,” and handle the media talk.

4.      The Discussion Leader

This manual offers guidance in presenting workshop and conference presentations. Role-playing and problem-solving sessions are also covered. This manual is a must for managers, trainers, teachers and administrators.

5.      Specialty Speeches

Speakers must be able to speak in many situations and this manual will help. Types of speeches covered include impromptu speeches, sales presentations, introductions, inspirational speeches, and oral interpretations.

6.      Speeches by Management

This manual will help you successfully handle a variety of speaking situations managers encounter in their work environment. Subjects covered include briefings, technical speeches, motivational talks and confrontations.

7.      The Professional Speaker

This manual is a complete guide to becoming a professional speaker. Subjects covered include speaking as a company representative and speaking for pay.

8.      Persuasive Speaking

The ability to influence and persuade others to accept your ideas, products, or services is vital. The projects in this manual are all designed to help you develop excellent persuasive techniques and expand your presentation skills.

9.      Communicating on Television

Television presentations differ from other presentations, and they require special considerations. With this manual you will learn to present editorials, appear as a guest on a “talk” show, conduct a press conference, and use television to train.

10.   Storytelling

Everyone loves a story. Types of stories covered in this manual include the folk tale, the personal story, stories with morals, the touching story, and the historical story.

11.   Interpretive Reading

This manual will help you develop your interpretive reading skills. The projects include presenting stories, poetry, monodramas, plays and oratorical speeches.

12.   Interpersonal Communications

Topics covered include conversing with ease, negotiating, handling criticism, coaching someone to improved performance, and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.

13.   Special Occasion Speeches

This manual provides instructions on giving toasts, speaking in praise, “roasting” someone, and presenting and accepting awards.

14.   Humorously Speaking

Audiences love to laugh. This manual shows you how to use humorous stories and jokes throughout your speech to grab and keep listeners’ attention and illustrate your points. You will also learn how to give an entirely humorous speech.

15.   Technical Presentations

The projects in this manual will help you prepare and present briefings, proposals, technical papers and technical team presentations.