Welcome to Toastmasters Southern Africa
Louis Nigrini is Production Manager for a Video Production Company focusing on Tourist Destinations within SA. He is a Toastmaster and a budding Professional Speaker who would like to tell the world about our country!
In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. The purpose of an evaluation is to support, help and encourage speakers to improve, develop and grow their speaking ability. The Demonstration Speaker for the 2015 Evaluation Contest was Khetha Cele. Enjoy.
How the Toastmaster Program increases self-awareness and positive mentoring:
Teams work effectively through working together and understanding the goals they are going to develop. If you can listen effectively and then provide clear thought through discussion, do you think that would help to produce effective teams?
One of the ways Toastmasters develop this is through a program called evaluation. It develops 3 key skills. Listening, thinking and then speaking. Perhaps you might agree with me that those 3 skills, in that order, are much more effective than speaking first, listening to yourself and then thinking “Oh that was not a very smart thing to say.”
NOTE: To see the speech that Verity Price evaluated, watch the speech "District 74 Evaluation Contest Introduction and Demontrations Speaker Khetha Cele"
Zoya Mabuto 2015 winning speech for the D74 International Prepared Speech Champion. Zoya said “There was NO way that I could have accomplished this without the support of the Toastmasters community. I am a member of the Westrand Toastmasters Club and it was where it all began. After the club contest, I took my speech around to different clubs in and around Johannesburg and asked for open evaluations (where all members give feedback). I would then go back, make changes and then return to the clubs. The reception and encouragement really helped to boost my confidence. It was the ongoing support that contributed to my ultimate success. My mentor, Mary Byrne, who is a Toastmaster, together with many other supporters along the way, made this an incredibly special and worthwhile journey.”
Rob Douglas, a retired engineer from Johannesburg, has received a Presidential Citation from the International President of Toastmasters International for his role in the growth of the organization in southern Africa.
Rob, who served as District Director in 2010/11 kickstarted a five year growth spurt in the non-profit after 10 years of stagnation.
Business schools are recognizing people who achieve in the non-profit sector as the “triple athletes” of business. To really succeed in the corporate world in the 21st Century, experts say leaders need to have experience in Government, Non-Profit and Business.
Rob, who has achieved Toastmasters’ highest award, the Distinguished Toastmaster, ended his successful career at a French oil company in senior management – a feat he attributes to Toastmasters.
“I only discovered Toastmasters at the age of 40,” he said. “Imagine I had discovered it at the age of 20!”
Rob ran Toastmasters International in Southern Africa, overseeing an organization of 2,500 people in 9 countries, and grew the organization by a modest – but significant 3,1%, outstripping GDP growth in South Africa.
In the prior 10 years the organization had only once broken out of the 3% band.