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Next Meeting:
22 August 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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Have you ever been in a situation where you were saying one thing but were getting the complete opposite response? I know I have. It happens when I am pitching ideas at work or when I’m asking for clarity about a product in a store. Some days, I wonder if I am speaking English…

When I first joined toastmasters, I thought it was only for those who wanted to get over their fear of public speaking, which of course was my priority at the time. I soon realised that through Toastmasters, I was getting a whole lot more than that. I was learning how to communicate in a wide variety of ways. From giving feedback, to managing my time, and giving a short report or an impromptu speech. I was being taught how to communicate in a myriad of ways. Which I suppose makes sense, right. When we communicate, its not always a prepared speech – unless of course that is your job. It’s impromptu reports to colleagues or your boss, it’s feedback on a project or process that you’ve been involved in, it’s requesting information, it’s buying something and making sure you have the right thing.

This is further exasperated with the influx of information that we receive daily, from the listening to the radio to reading news on social media or watching your favourite series, we are constantly on. And to counter that, we are finding shortcuts to communicating abbreviating words or terms to a few letters such as brb (be right back) or lol (laugh out loud). And depending on your perspective, upbringing, or country, you could easily miss someone using such colloquial terms.

Human beings communicate verbally, non-verbally and through script. So, how can we ensure our message is being understood, given all the other distractions.

Well, one great way for honing all 3 modes of communication is through toastmasters, even script, after-all your evaluation is usually written down, isn’t it 😉

But of course, I am biased 🙂

Vice President Public Relations

Charlie Luzuka

Toastmasters

The roles during a toastmasters meeting

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At our last meeting held last night, on the evening of the 25th of August 2016, we had Chiedza   hosting us as the toastmaster of the day. The theme was “when I grow up”.
The word of the day was Agathist (n. 1816, from Greek agathos “good”) – A person who believes that all things tend towards ultimate good; a holder of the doctrine of agathism.
Examples: “David is an optimist, he doesn’t think this war to be an actual threat. John, on the other hand, is an agathist. War may break out he says, but even if it will- it will work for the general good of this nation”.
The agenda was jam packed as usual, with four speeches, ranging from CC1 to an advanced speech.
We hosted four visitors and welcomed a new member, Mbasa – welcome Mbasa!
We also had a raffle, and the prize was a smart phone holder, our VPPR Charlie won the prize. Well done Charlie.
The table topic required nominees to describe a random object and how they would use it.
The awards for the evening went to (drum roll):
Best speech – Sean Yang
Best evaluation – Helen Green
Best table topics – A visitor, Phillip.
Best Speaker - Sean Yang

Best Speaker – Sean Yang

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Raffle prize winner – Charlie

Save the date

We will be organising a year end function in late October / early November! Yay! So please save the following dates and we will notify you of final dates as soon as possible: 24 October 2016 / 10 November 2016. These dates are club meeting days, so it shouldn’t inconvenience any of you too much.

Speech contest

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Best table topics speaker – a guest, Philip

We will be having our Spring Speech contest on 22 September 2016. So please volunteer, we need speakers, and other role players, we also most importantly need an audience, so please bring any friends, family and neighbours.
We will be having both a table topics (just pitch) and humorous speech (prepare a funny speech – don’t overthink it, you are a hilarious bunch). It’s a fun way to showcase our skills, to stretch ourselves and enter the new season with a bang. More deets will be given to the volunteers.
Roles up for grabs include: sergeant of arms (x2), timer (x2), contest chairs (x2).
The winner of the prepared speech – the humorous speech – will proceed to the Area contest which will be held on the 29th of September 2016.
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 Membership renewals
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Best evaluator – Helen Greene

It will soon be time to renew our membership and you should all have received your invoices by now. The Toastmasters International membership fee has increased from $36 to $45, this big increase is due to fees having not been increased in years – aka inflation.
We will also be introducing an MSTM club dues, this will help us to cover rental fees and to provide refreshments at our meetings. Chi has sent out an email about the membership fees, but should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the committee members.
By paying up for the year, we can win an award as a club, plus in order to participate in our upcoming speech contest, you need to be a paid up member.

Sergeant at arms

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Ice-breaker – Satram

We are still missing a committee member, sergeant at arms. The importance of a sergeant at arms is felt at each of our meetings. Not only does the sergeant at arms set up the meeting space, and keep time, but they also set the ambience and ensure that despite any setbacks, we have a fruitful meeting. If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact any of the committee members.
Joining Toastmasters is not only about the meetings or improving your speaking / communication, but also your leadership skills. Sergeant at arms is a key leadership role within the committee and the club. I found this fun article about the what a sergeant at arms is, I hope you enjoy it.
For more information, please contact any of the committee members.

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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(Please note that this post was originally posted in November 2015)

Morningside Toastmasters President, Botse Matlala and Vice President for Education, Helen Greene, recently had a live interview on Jo’burgs new community station, Hot 91.9FM.

The two club representatives were invited onto the station’s HOT Entrepreneurs feature, hosted by Lisa Illingworth, to share some advice on business communications and on the importance of communicating effectively. Continue reading

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,
Your handsome VPPR

Morningside Toastmaster have closed for the remainder of the year. This means there will be no meeting on Thursday the 11th December 2014. We will meet again on the 8th January 2014 at our regular venue.

Have a super great holiday, new years celebrations and a merry Christmas to our Christian members.

Hi everyone!! (Hi Helen)

Hope you’re having a fabtastic Monday! (yes, well….,yes)

Just a reminder that Morningside Toastmasters November meetings will be as follows: (thanks) Continue reading

MSTM held their humorous and Table Topics contest on Thursday the 28th of August 2014. Contestant Tex aka “Smack talk Mike” or better known as “Sexy Texy” went head to head with the undefeated champion of the North “The Queen of the reds” Heleeeeeeen Mtsssshali!!!! Mike came out swinging but had a stumble mid round. His coach behind the lectern called him back to redeliver the combinations and this cost him some points. On the other hand, the Queen came out delivering some combinations of her own. Some spectators reckon she could deliver with her eyes closed, in fact, one spectator was astonished by her delivery and was taken outside to get some fresh air. Continue reading