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.
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
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
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.