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smashing the envelope toastmasters by R_Kardash on 22 Oct 18, 10:48

We help people improve their speaking, presenting and leadership skills in a safe, friendly and supportive atmosphere. You won't walk into a room of expert speakers, rather just average people looking to self-improve and socialise. We are a diverse group with varied mixed nationalities and backgrounds.

With our friendly tips you will be amazed how quickly your speaking improves.

Free Parking in near-by Cobden, O'Connell Streets etc. We are also within walking distance of Melbourne Central Station.

Meetings are on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month, between 6.15 to 8.15pm.

We have a mid-meeting break for a chat/nibbles, head downstairs for a chat/nibbles afterwards. Everyone is welcome. We always have plenty of new faces and love our visitors.

Contacts: Phone: 9397 6936. Email: ste.toasties@gmail.com


How to join?


1. Deposit

Account Name: Smashing
BSB: 063170
Acct: 10354457

2. Email us and let us know:  ste.toasties@gmail.com


When & where we meet?

We meet on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month.

Each night we have 2 meetings at 6:15 & 7:30pm. Each meeting lasts approx 49 minutes. Come to one meet or come to both!

Melbourne Multicultural Hub (opposite the Queen Victoria Market)
1st floor, The Purple room (The room may vary - ask reception if needed)
506 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

(Click here for a map)


What makes the Red Caps different?

  1. We are a super-keen and fun Toastmasters

  2. Our meetings are slick

  3. Our heroes are the speakers, not the hosts

  4. We don't teach in the traditional direct manner

  5. We keep club business succinct

  6. The Red Caps - with Beanies!

Visitors: You can sit back and enjoy the buzz. All you need to know is that members get up and talk/entertain, and are later evaluated by friendly um counters, timers, grammarians, speech evaluators, etc

If you're up for a challenge, join the Red Caps



Penny accepts her CC award from Steve Sharp



Late Night Show BLOOOPERS reel w/ Mighty Docklands


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Red Cap World Firsts!

30th July (2015) - Guest 'expert' evaluators each meeting

6th August - 'BANG' meeting (facebook). Agenda ripped up, roles in random order, extra surprises

3rd September - Custom-made Beanies revealed

17th September - Roving YouTube reporter appointed

15th Oct - Silent meeting

10th January (2016) - Bumpa Banga, "10 meetings - one day" w/Mighty Docklands

11th April - Late Night Show, 1-hour video on facebook w/ Mighty Docklands


More Red Cap Buzzes 2015/16

3rd July - facebook launched, with post-meeting reports

16th July - Guest District Champion Bharat presents his Las Vegas World Championship speech

29th July - Ryan's 'Vocal Projection' educational at Carlton & Parkville

30th July - Ryan's, "Something special's happening at PTE", speech video  (facebook)

16th August - Ryan's 'Humorous 4Hr Workshop' at Sth Melb

20th August - Fortnightly news 'PTE Buzz' created & published


11th Sept - Recruitment coup - Aussie representitve & District Champ Bharat joins PTE

17th Sept - Audacious challenge: "Four Contests - one night" - Exciting success, new standards set, leading clubs follow...

23rd Sept - YouTube channel kicks off with Super-Reporter Penny's first video, 'Red Caps Night'

1st Oct - Cleo generously commits a valuable $450 to PTE from her Melbourne University TM Speechcraft proceeds (Thanks to Melb Uni TM too)

15th Oct - Members vote to rename club, 'Smashing the Envelope'

15th Nov - Club purchases Lanyards for members


19th Nov - Club record, 'Four awards - one night'. Doris, Rick & Ross

19th Nov -  Concentrated Speechcraft (w/ Mighty Docklands). One of the first World-wide

17th Dec -  Following passionate debate members unamoinously vote to go for 'Club of the Year'

10th Jan - World Record Bumpa Banga at Williamstown Beach, '10 meetings - one day'

12th Jan - Club achieves the highest DCP award, 'Distinished President Club'. The first D73 club to achieve it 2015/16

21st Jan - Joint meet with Yakety Yaks


4th Feb - Promotional Video 'Grace Under Fire' produced, by 'Pitt Squared

4th Feb -  Unbroken* record, 15 successive meets with full book of speeches (4)

11th Feb - Club achieves 10/10 'Distinished Club Program' points. The first D73 club 2015/16

21th Feb -  Division Contest. Ryan places twice. Bharat & Damien compete. 15 Red Caps turn out in support


We love our guest 'expert' evaluators

30th July - Barry Gallagher (South Melb)

6th August - Michelle Bullas (Country TM)

20th August - Barry Gallagher (South Melb)

3rd Sept - Steve Sharp (Docklands)

1st October - Darrell Pitt (Carlton)

15th October - Darrell Pitt (Carlton)


29th October - Naomi Burchett (Mighty Docklands)

19th November - Kevin Broughton (NAB & Servianites)

3rd Dec - Darrell Pitt (Carlton)

17th Dec - Peter Attak (Monash)

18th Feb - Tracy Green

31st March - Julie Wacker (Aero speakers, Williamstown, Sunbury)) 


Red Cap Individual Awards 2015/16

17th July - Ross ALB

17th July - Ross 3rd CC

6th August - Ben CL

17 Nov - Cleo 2nd CC

19th Nov - Doris CC

19th Nov - Rick CL

19th Nov - Rick ALB

19th Nov - Ross 3rd CL

3rd Dec - Mark CC

17th Dec - Ryan ACG

10th Jan - Ryan 2nd CC

10th Jan - Ross ALB

10th Jan - Tara ALB

11th Jan - Ross ACB

21th Jan - Rick ACB

4th Feb - Tara ACS

3rd Mar - Ryan 2nd CL



How does Toastmasters work?

Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting was once at the level you are now. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced programme allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment.

  • A typical club has between 20 to 40 members who meet either weekly, biweekly or monthly. An evening meeting normally lasts around 90- 120 minutes.
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations, pointing out the strengths and suggesting improvements. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Members also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop their leadership skills.
  • We learn through the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience, an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed. It gives you:

    • The opportunity to build  up to 300 unique competencies
    • 10 specialized learning paths to choose from
    • Online content, so that you can learn anytime, anywhere
    • Real-world, transferable skills

One thing that you'll love at Toastmasters meetings is the applause. At first you'll be applauded for your effort; later you'll be applauded for your skill.


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