Life, Love, Lyrics – 25th Feb 2019 Meeting.

The 25th Feb 2019 meeting was a great success. Elaine, our VPE, opened the meeting and introduced the theme, Life, Love and Lyrics. The theme was carried throughout the entire evening very well. Each role player was matched to a song and some lyrics, of Elaine’s choosing, and I must admit that some of us had a trip down nostalgia lane… Juel Delivered a humorous …

Golden Gavel’s 30th birthday celebration, Down the Rabbit Hole!

Monday the 28th January 2019 saw us celebrating our 30th birthday with our first meeting of 2019. Thanks to the wonderful hosting by Woodlands Toastmasters, we celebrated in style with a themed meeting, the theme being: Alice in wonderland. Naturally this meant that things were not quite what they seemed! Our President Marc welcomed us and delivered the toast of the day, celebrating Golden Gavel. …

Golden Gavel Speech Contest March 19 2018 – Evaluation and International Prepared.

Contest time! The 19nth of March 2018 speech contest, held at Accenture, was probably one of the best contests that we have had as a club. It was very well attended and the contestants all brought their “A” game, making for an excellent contest! Our Demo Speaker was Barbara Bruhwiler, President of Dainfern Diamonds, who regaled us with tales of her toastmasters experience so far. …

Fantastic meeting on the 26th Feb with Special guest speaker Thandwefika.

Greetings Everyone, our meeting on the 26th of February was fantastic. Our Guest speaker, Thandwefika Tshabalala, Division L director, who gave us a very powerful lesson in bringing emotion into a speech and using it effectively to make a point or inspire action. As a special treat, our very own President recognised a very special member of Golden Gavel who has been a member of …

Speak-A-Thon – 6th Nov 2017.

Greetings all! Our extra meeting on the 6th November was a resounding success.  Golden Gavel decided to hold a Speak-A-Thon to allow members to complete assignments. The meeting was very well attended, thank you! Past Club President Marc was the toastmaster of the day, he kept the meeting running well with a great combination of protocol and fun. The meeting was attended by Taffy, a …

Monday 23rd October’s BIG fantastic meeting!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night. It was a fantastic evening filled with much laughter in a beautiful professional boardroom! Fran was well prepared, a wonderful Toastmaster and The Star of the evening! 🏆 Kazik presented a Toast with passion reminding us to keep going whatever your obstacle. Eric’s educational encouraged us to keep to one BIG idea. Honest had us in …

Do you want to see positive change in your world?

Join Golden Gavel’s October 23rd meeting for an educational, motivational focusing on Initiating Initiatives.  Presented by, Eric Kaila What can you look forward to: Eric Kaila will draw on his vast experience in Toastmasters, and beyond, to challenge our ideas about living a purpose driven life and promoting actions driven by existentialism. Do you procrastinate? Do you have a clear vision for your life? Do you regret the …

“Kill the mute button” – tips and tricks for virtual meetings – Nikki Quinn

Nikki Quinn, DTM, Club Growth Director Elect for 2017 – 2018, will be our guest speaker on the 26th June 2017, teaching us how to run a virtual meeting. What does Nikki have to say about Virtual meetings: “Virtual meetings have come a long way in the last couple of years and can actually be more valuable than traditional face to face meetings. I delivered a speech entitled “THE …

Congratulations to the new Committee!

Congratulations to the newly elected committee of Golden Gavel Advanced for the year 2016-2017 starting in July. President elect: Yianna Grekas VPE Frances Fraser VPM:  Elaine O’Gorman VPPR: Njabulo James Nkosi Treasurer:Michael Glencross Secretary: Eric Kaila Sergeant at arms: Dimitri Grekas We look forward to inducting you at our Induction dinner soon, and hope to see you at the Speakathon on the 5th June 2017. …

24 April 2017 – World Café – Karen Levy Strauss

How can you get buy in, ownership and accountability in a large team? In the book: “Facilitating with ease”, Ingid Bens writes that Expert Facilitation in a changing world has become a  “Core leadership competency”.   You simply can’t do without it, not if you want to make your large team feel heard. Do you want to experience one of those techniques first-hand? On the 24 April …