The T-Shirt Ice-Breaker

Transformers Toastmasters
Glenice leading the way
Any good Toastmaster will tell you - Opening, three points, close.
But great Toastmasters know just how to keep the theme of those points consistent, and seemlessly link them together.
Which is exactly what Ruth did in Monday evening's meeting as she tackled her CC1 again, and linked all three points by cleverly referring to T-Shirts that had meant something to her before.
She's clearly done this before (!), but produced an outstanding speech either way.
Rod was on form with both his speech and his impromptu, taking home the table topics title which required participants to creatively link their given line to a broadway musical.
The word of the evening - Rigmarole - was used effectively by 4 speakers, whilst Glenice provided much needed insight into Pink Floyd and their walls!

Join us again on the 27th for our next club meeting.

Guests & visitors welcome!

Party to Ecolibrium

Transformers Toastmasters
Richard takes on the table topics
Monday's meeting saw the "Green Party" taking control of the evenings events and environmental issues being brought to the fore.
The word of the evening "Ecolibrium" - as yet still a 'concept' word (and thus, "a word in progress", was put to good use, on more than one occasion by the toastmaster of the evening Ruth.
Mary then stepped up to take us through her early years in College and IT, whilst Rod provided some great insights into understanding presentations.
Glenice's Table Topics took on the air of an awards ceremony, and participants were asked to describe the race/event/other they had just won, and what it meant to them!
Our guest Tsepo managed top honours by taking the impromptu title.

Area H2 governor Richard Riche was in attendance, and provided some insight into the Area and it's upcoming events.

Join us for our next meeting - the Area H2 Contest at the Wendywood Sports Club on the 29th or our club meeting on the 13th of October.

As always, guests and visitors welcome!

Sometimes second place, means total annihilation

Transformers Toastmasters
Paul's grammatical round-up
Last nights Transformers meeting brought together a wealth of presentation skills as 3 speakers, Simon, Keith and Ruth dimmed the lights and powered on their laptops for three enlightening and powerful presentations.

Simon was first up with his CC3, and there was little show of nerves as he powered us through a presentation on retirement..
Procrastination, Myopia and Inertia topped the list of reasons why South Africans may not be investing as much as they should. He will be giving the full presentation later in the week, and it will no doubt be just as powerful.

Our guest speaker Paul Smith then took to the stage with his CC6, showing excellent vocal variety skills with a speech entitled McClelland's need to achieve. It was another high powered speech that kept the audience enthralled, all the way from Malaysia, to Japan, and back down to South Africa.

Keith used the projector to good effect as he took us through the ancient wars waged between the Romans and the Carthegians. He also produced one of the standout lines of the evening in describing Carthage's second place - "Sometimes second place, means total annihilation!"

After recess Ruth handled the Educational session with aplomb, giving valuable evaluation tips to all. Every slide provided vital information, leaving everyone with something to ponder for future speeches and evaluations.
Transformers Toastmasters
The power of presentations

There was ample challenge provided in the Impromptu session and whilst everyone managed to find something good to say about the place they were from (which included such exotic locations as Mt Kilimanjaro and the Marianas Trench) it was Keith who took the prize. His story on being a "flowering resident" of the Kirstenbosch gardens quite simply hit the mark!

Ruth took home the prize for best contribution for her educational session, Mary the best evaluator award, and Simon the most improved speaker.

Join us on the 22nd of September for our next meeting.

Guests and visitors welcome!

Humorous Speech Contest - An amalgamation of minds

An amalgamation of minds took place at the Wendywood sports club last night when Transformers teamed up with Golden Gavel Advanced Toastmasters Club! The occasion was each club's humorous speaking contest, and the combination worked wonders with both speakers and guests being treated to an evening of fun, laughter and good food.
Greg Callaway chaired the contest and did a fantastic job of keeping the audience engaged and everyone on their toes.

Golden Gavel then took to the stage with Jacques de Villiers providing humorous insights from his family's past, and Barbara Poultney providing humorous insights into the games she used to play. Mary headed up the Transformers team by enlightening us with the mishaps and strange goings on behind the scenes at the Beijing Olympics, whilst Ryan discussed the intricacies of avoiding a biodegradable relationship. Glenice's marketing skills came to the fore as she explained how business marketing strategies could be used in building relationships, whilst Jerry let his hair down, amongst other things, to keep the audience gasping and in stitches. His take on the plight of illegal immigrants was a twist that kept everyone engaged!

Jacques and Ryan now progress to the Area H2 contest, to be held on the 29th of September at the Wendywood Sports Club.

Many thanks must go to the Golden Gavel team for putting on a fantastic evening - no effort was spared in ensuring that all went according to plan. This included the organising of judges and timekeepers, the venue, the food and the raffle. A special thanks also to Sandton Toastmasters for joining and assisting us.

Join us for our next meeting on the 8th of September.

As always, guests & visitors are welcome!