Speakathon - March 2016

Speakathon - March 2016






















You are invited to Survivor 2015

This is the premier event of Transformers Toastmasters Club since 2009. The title of Transformers Survivor is highly cherished throughout Toastmasters Gauteng. The first 16 applications to compete will be accepted. RSVP early. The audience votes for the survivors in each of three rounds. The audience had more fun than the contestants. Be there or loose out.

Amish Implements

What can be learned from adversity? How to think like a champion! The history of the mobile phone. Motivating people through an evaluation and Amish implements were the lessons of the event held on Monday, 28 September.

Three superb prepared speeches from three different Toastmasters Advanced Speaking Manuals provided the basis for an enjoyable Chamuevening. Chamu shared his personal experiences as an engineering student on one of our mines in the dark past of our country, but did a wonderful job of twisting the indignities meted out on him into advantages that served him going forward. Njabulo went all out to inspire us to accept that we are champions. He recited the speech given by Mohammed Ali at the weigh in before the “rumble in the jungle” with such authenticity one could imagine Ali himself in the room. John-Peter shared the development of communication from the time when a call from a payphone once a month would suffice to the introduction of the big “brick” Njabulomobile phone through to the smart phone where we are communicating with someone almost every minute of the day, whether on a chat service or social media.

First-time Table Topics Master, Tarryn, asked six volunteers to describe the use of an Amish hand implement from a picture. Our male speakers added an element of body-building into the use of the implements they described. I guess Njabulo’s speech had an influence here. Judith described an ice cutter for cutting large block of ice for cold storage which she Table Topics speakers (in order)though ploughed furrows; Keith described a hand drill as a clothes mangle or press; Mary was fairly spot on with a multi-tool; Rick described a hand cranked paper shredder as a spaghetti making tool; Tanye described a pot-pie holder as a picnic basket and finally Zahndri thought a wooden yarn swift would develop muscular arms.

Inducting NjabuloOur Toastmasters of the Evening (the MC), Jason did a fabulous job sharing with us ideas on sustainable living as he led us from one segment of the programme to the next; this being his first time in the role. We inducted Njabulo into our club. The awards of the evening went to Mary as best speech evaluator, Tarryn as best contribution, Tanye as best Table Topic and Njabulo walked off with best speaker and most improved speaker.The awards of the evening (in order)

On Wednesday, 30 September Zahndri represents our club and Area in the Division H Table Topics contest to be held at The Campus in Bryanston at 18h30 (Mandela Room in the Wanderers Building). Everyone is welcome.

Our next club event will take place on Monday, 12 October and all guests are welcome. Just arrive at 18h45 and come and find out what we are all about. We also look forward in anticipation to our annual special event, our Survivor evening on Monday, 26 October. This is an interclub event to find the speaking survivor of the evening in three rounds of impromptu speeches. You may book your seat in advance.

Humorous and Table Topics Contests

Every year each club has the opportunity for one member to compete in the respective Humorous and Table Topics (Impromptu) Area Contests. This usually means that the club holds contests at which as many members as possible are encouraged to enter.

On Monday, 24 August we held our Humorous and Table Topics Club Contests. In both contests the audience of 21 was entertained with excellent speeches.







The winners who will represent the club at the Area Contests are:













In the Humorous Contest: Keith Bowen












In the Table Topics Contest: Zahndri Prinsloo

The Area Contests will be held on 22 September and wish our contestants success and hope they win through to the Division Contests and the District Contests.









Our next meeting in on Monday, 14 September at 18h45 and everyone is more than welcome as a guest at our meeting. We always have excellent speeches and lots of fun.