Growing membership

Cds IMG 30912Growing membership is tough for an advanced Toastmasters club. A “normal” club needs to show that what they offer meets the needs of the guest– the guest wouldn’t be at a meeting if they hadn’t already realized they needed to improve their communication or leadership skills. An advanced club needs to show an existing toastmaster that they offer value over and above what they get at their home club – ...

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Meeting review – 20 Sep 2016


The meeting was kicked off with Jon Jon San Juan as stand-in Sergeant At Arms, getting the meeting started, sharing with us the club and house rules, after which, he yielded control to our club president, Afsana Khan. After the President’s Loyal Toast, the meeting was put in the hands of Penny De Villiers who gave us a brief outline of what was to come and then to all began.

Afsana Khan – ...

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Contest meeting writeup

Cds IMG 3091Contestants with Area Director, Paddy Clark
August was contest month at Cape Communicators Advanced Toastmasters – time for us to test our skills against one another to see who was the most humorous and the best at improvising an effective talk without warning. Craig Strachan was our Contest chairman who led us ably through the various parts of the evening, and Denise Montanari was Chief Judge, keeping an eagle eye to ...

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A truly Pro Meeting!

Cds IMG 2975Last night Cape Communicators had the privilege of welcoming speaker agent, Bronwyn Hesketh as our guest speaker. Bronwyn is the owner of the speaker bureau, Speakers Inc, and has been involved in the professional speaking business for almost 20 years.

She presented a very candid and open Q&A about the speaking industry, covering such subjects as selecting speech topics, what you should charge to speak, the way she works as a speaker agent, ...

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Oh, What A Night!

Cds IMG 2881Last night we held our final Cape Communicators meeting for 2015… And what a night it was!

Instead of our usual meeting format, we decided to hold our meeting at a local restaurant, with partners invited, no speeches and very little Toastmasters conversation. It gave us a chance to relax, get to know one another better, and enjoy a good meal.

This is not to say that we are not very aware ...

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A Double Bill To Suit Any Speaker

NickyOur meeting on 17 November was a real treat, with two great workshops that
gave immense value to us all as speakers.

First up was Chantel Lindeman, whose Presentation “Map Your Life” took us on
a journey into the details of our lives and gave us a simple tool to map our
way towards both short and long term goals. Though Chantel used the Map For
Life system to demonstrate the value of ...

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If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

Screen Shot 2015 09 21 at 8 33 39 PMWhat an amazing meeting on Tuesday night, attended by a good number of members and visitors as well.

Our guest speaker certainly lived up to all that we could have wished from him – Jonathan Jacobs gave us a story that was powerful, inspiring and yet both personal and practical. He shared a few of his life mantras ...

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Cape communicators Contest Results – Well Done!

Cds IMG 0425Every year Toastmasters holds 2 sets of contests. Today Cape Communicators held our club contest for the Humorous and Table Topics sections of these contests. Contests are a chance for our best speakers to pit their skills against fellow members and vie to represent our club at the next stage of the contests – the Area Contest. We had some great entries into both contests this year – the ...

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RISE – the Toastmasters International Values

The below articles was written by Chris Adlam, the current Division R director, who is also a member of Cape Communicators Toastmasters. N this article Chris identifies the core values of the Toastmasters organisation and outlines how the core values can be applied in our day-to-day Toastmasters activities.

By Chris Adlam
Values are expressed through our actions. They are usually abstract and cannot be put in your pocket – such as – freedom, adventure, love, or honesty. They ...

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Tips for Writing Humorous Speeches

In preparation for the upcoming speech contests I asked Dawn Corin, a past Division finalist in the Humorous Speech Contest to share a few secrets of how she adds humour to her speeches. Here is what she says:

Tips for Writing Humorous Speeches
By: Dawn Corin

I am always surprised when people laugh when I give a speech, as I consider myself a serious person with a slightly cantankerous nature. It doesn’t help that I am seriously closer to 60 than 50 ...

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