Welcome to Toastmasters Southern Africa
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.”
Zoya Mabuto 2015 winning speech for the D74 International Prepared Speech Champion.
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.
A Toastmasters District exists to grow its network of clubs and strive for excellence. District 74’s goal is to support 250 Healthy Clubs in Southern Africa. The focus on “Healthy Clubs” is important as we are not just chasing a number. Therefore it is important to understand how District 74 defines “healthy clubs” when we start and support
What is a healthy club?
A healthy club is a club with strong Vital Signs that is distinguished every year. Vital Signs provide an ongoing indication of club health and an indicator on what the club will accomplish during a Toastmasters Year (for more information on the Vital Signs read Erich Viedge’s articles, soon to be published).
Toastmasters International’s Recognition Programmes
The Distinguished Club Programme
(DCP) defines ten goals for a club to achieve during a Toastmasters Year. Based on the number of goals achieved (and a membership pre-requisite) a club is recognised as Distinguished, Select Distinguished or Presidents Distinguished. The number of Distinguished Clubs in a District is one of the goals of the District Recognition Programme (DRP), thus contributing to the measure of our District’s overall health.