Welcome to Toastmasters Southern Africa http://www.toastmasters74.org Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:25:25 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb My first year as a Toastmaster http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/299-my-first-year-as-a-toastmaster http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/299-my-first-year-as-a-toastmaster

Since joining CIS Toastmasters in March 2014, Linda van Deventer has gotten a lot more than she bargained for. Initially motivated by a desire to gain confidence and speak to people about her network marketing business, Linda was quick to learn that speaking was just one of the skills she could add to her warrior armour.

At first a bit daunted by the requirement to write her own speeches, she found that after the encouragement and other warm responses to the delivery of her ice-breaker, she was well on her way to Toastmaster stardom. With the first flush of confidence under her belt, she grew a huge appetite for goal setting with equal aptitude for going after them.

 MG 5799 MG 5739In just one year she completed a triple crown with the help of Margy Sneeden, who Linda says, “made it so easy”. A triple crown is the achievement of Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, and Advanced Leader Bronze in the space of one toastmaster year. She was recognised as a club emissary in the same year and remarked “by visiting other clubs one can gain experience from fellow Toastmasters”

Continuing to attract accolades, Linda was recognised with the Bright Spark Award on 16 May 2015. What made it more thrilling was the double celebration – during the award ceremony presented at the MayCon, Linda was home celebrating her son's 4th birthday. Linda says receiving this recognition was a huge surprise “It’s better than a pay cheque.” The Bright Spark Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to District 74 that results in a wow experience.

 MG 5717What's most remarkable about Linda is that having reached a major milestone by completing CC10, she literally took it on the road. A CC10 Toastmasters road show. She presented the same speech (‘technically’ the same) at nine different clubs around Gauteng, each time taking into account a new audience, a different environment and adapting to include the theme or word of the day, or an impromptu comment here and there to make it fit with the tone of each club. Linda says she did not want to get used to presenting to only one audience. While the fear of talking to people in a formal setting has gone, Linda says she still gets nervous. “But it’s a good nervous!”

 MG 5734Speaking skills aside, in July 2014 Linda was inducted as VPPR for her home club and this role lead to her being the editor and blogger for the CIS website, with the help of webmaster, Nico du Plessis, commenting that “This is the most fun I've had in a role,” and realising, “All these skills are transferable.” She has also participated on many training and leadership teams.

“Because of Toastmasters,” Linda says, “I am a better mom, better listener, have learnt how to give feedback and how to motivate people. These benefits apply at work, at home and socially.

What's next for Linda? In the short term, she is currently working on completing her Advanced Communicator Bronze award and will always continue promoting Toastmasters as “the most amazing organisation”. Currently she is the club VPE for her home club and, for the long term, she has her sights set on achieving the ultimate goal in Toastmasters – to be recognised as a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Written by Iza Grek

Photographs by Mark Eifler

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:49:08 +0000
BPL’s key to sustainability - from Tembisa to Top Freight Forwarder http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/298-bpl-s-key-to-sustainability-from-tembisa-to-top-freight-forwarder http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/298-bpl-s-key-to-sustainability-from-tembisa-to-top-freight-forwarder

Welcome at Wrench 21 10 2014 2Guts, determination and intensive mentorship have paid off for Fortunate Mboweni, Import Controller at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics. Fortunate was the winner of the finals of the FIATA Young Freight Forwarder of the Year 2014 competition held at the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul on 15 October 2014. The contest was started in 1999 by FIATA with sponsorship from multi-modal operatorinsurers, the TT Club.

Fortunate had just 15 minutes to convince the judges that her knowledge, expertise and approach to the subject of her dissertation were better than those of entrants from the FIATA Europe, Americas and Pacific regions. This is the first time the competition has been won by a contestant from Africa.

To reach this pinnacle Fortunate won the South African competition in January 2014 followed by the Region Africa Middle East competition in July 2014. Her presentation used a combination of an African teaching tool (the Buffalo thorn) and symbolic images to describe her journey from ‘unconscious incompetence’ to ‘conscious competence’ and how the African tradition of Ubuntu guides her to inspire other young people.

The impact of Fortunate’s presentation was so powerful that she has been invited to FIATA’s Region Africa Middle East meeting in Dubai and the World Congress in Taipei next year as the Youth Ambassador for Africa. As her competition prize she will undergo one week of training in London and another week in Hong Kong or New York.

“Fortunate deserved to win the award. She achieved the highest marks for her dissertation and her presentation to the Steering Committee was extremely professional and well thought through. It was an honour to present her with the 2014 YIFFY award and hope Fortunate will capitalise on the opportunities that she has created for herself,” said Andrew Kemp, Regional Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, for the TT Club. 

]]> pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) News Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:16:34 +0000 Happy Birthday to Mr Toastmaster Southern Africa http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/297-happy-birthday-to-mr-toastmaster-southern-africa http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/297-happy-birthday-to-mr-toastmaster-southern-africa

Joe lecturn enhanced(An extract from the advanced speech presented by Linda van Deventer – Speaking in Praise – in honour of Joe Garmeson – Founding member of CIS Toastmasters Club)

I am standing here, a member CIS Toastmasters club, with the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth, purely because of the efforts of one person. District Director Paul Jensen is fond of using the phrase “we stand on the shoulders of giants” when he speaks of extraordinary toastmasters who have gone before us. Tonight I say “thank you” to one such giant, Joe Garmeson, Mr Toastmaster Southern Africa.

Ask any toastmaster about the history of district 74 Southern Africa Toastmasters and the first thing they will tell you is had it not been for Joe, then Toastmasters Southern Africa would not have been recognised as a district in 1978. Closer to home, Joe tackled another adversary - during the apartheid era he lobbied the South African government to allow non-whites to attend toastmasters meeting, explaining to them it would benefit the country as a whole. Once again, Joe was persistent and it’s been said that he sat on the doorstep of the office of the minister of home affairs’ for days, until he was granted an audience with the minister.

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:02:56 +0000
Is your club a healthy club? http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/296-is-your-club-a-healthy-club http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/296-is-your-club-a-healthy-club

team250 smallA 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.

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) News Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:56:38 +0000
ARE YOU LOST IN TRANSLATION…or are you sharing your journey? http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/295-are-you-lost-in-translation-or-are-you-sharing-your-journey http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/295-are-you-lost-in-translation-or-are-you-sharing-your-journey

cds IMG 2420An obstacle that is sometimes overlooked by club members was highlighted to me when I was the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for my Division. As a Toastmaster, it is often said that we speak a different language. This article, I wrote in 2011 for our Division newsletter and I remember receiving a phone call from a long-standing Toastmaster, thanking me for sharing my views on a topic that is often overlooked. I feel that this topic is as relevant now as it was then and would like to thus share it with all of our Toastmasters in District 74.

As a new member or a guest at a club meeting, one is inclined to hear something like this being said before a speaker takes the floor, "Tonight, Jane Smith, our VPE will be doing her CC5 on her experiences at COT earlier this year. She has indicated that she would like to complete her CC by the end of the Toastmasters year and so assist the club in achieving its DCP. She will be evaluated by John Brown, who has his ACS and ALB and well on his way to achieving his DTM."

As a new member hearing this mouthful for the first time is probably what an Englishman feels like in a foreign country. I recall a time when I was still very young, travelling to Sweden to visit family. On a day trip to one of the many islands within Sweden, I managed to get lost. Not being able to speak Swedish, I started panicking especially when the locals refused to assist me when they heard my English tongue. It was hopeless, each time I approached someone, I was shown a negative shake of the head and all I knew to say in Swedish was "hello" and "good-bye" which didn’t help me either.

When I was eventually found, after nearly 2 hours, I burst into tears. I was relieved that finally someone understood my anxiety of not being able to communicate what the problem was because I couldn’t speak the language.

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:50:32 +0000
Judging Fast and Slow, Something to Think About http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/judging-and-contests/293-judging-fast-and-slow-something-to-think-about http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/judging-and-contests/293-judging-fast-and-slow-something-to-think-about

"Try to be as consciously unbiased as possible" is a plea that many Chief Judges use when they brief voting and tiebreaker judges before a Toastmasters speech contest. And judges are asked to sign a certification of eligibility and ethics too. For the perfectionists among us, are we confident enough to sign that pledge?

I thought I could. I had authored the script for Chief Judges in this District and made it available on www.toastmasters74.org. That was until I started reading Daniel Kahneman’s book,Thinking, Fast and Slow, Penguin Books, 2011 (very affordably available as an Adobe Digital Edition **). I was referred to it by prolific contributor to the Toastmasters International LinkedIn group, Andrew Chiu, who pointed out that judges have to make judgement calls in a very short period of time i.e. 1 minute between speakers. The school who like to judge by comparing speaker to previous speaker may not be too fazed by this challenge, as they spend time going back and forth, and take their time at the end. I challenge you to clearly recall how the first speaker performed at a District Contest which currently has 10 speakers. Hence, my preference to "judge in the now", and not compare with other speakers.

Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, but is renowned for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making: economic decisions are a psychological challenge too!

To survive physically or psychologically, we sometimes need to react automatically to a speeding taxi as we step off the pavement or to the subtle facial cues of an angry boss. That automatic mode of thinking, not under voluntary control, contrasts with the need to slow down and deliberately fiddle with pencil and paper when working through an algebra problem. Ah! That's what judges do but do they have the chance to engage both of these modes of thinking - fast and slow?

Andrew also challenged my advice that contestants expect judges to use the criteria on the judge's guide. "It has value, but it's also fool's gold." That is because we often make assumptions about these criteria which are not 100% appropriate. Kahneman addresses this in Part 2 "Heuristics and Biases". I'll also address this in the next blog entry :-)

I would like to include some exercises in judging workshops this contest season, so that we all can challenge our ways of thinking (and listening) when judging. Further communication skills training. Thabo Malefane is organising one for Monday 3 August for Division S. Why not join us?

** Find the extract of the first chapter here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kahneman-excerpt-thinking-fast-and-slow/ and a summary of how it can be applied to the PR industry: http://soloprpro.com/persuasive-communication-pr-psychology-and-the-brain/.

By Shaun Goodbrand DTM
D74 Chief Judge

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) From the chief judge Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:13:01 +0000
Contest Winners competing at Conference http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/q-a-for-toastmasters/291-q-who-pays-for-the-division-contest-winners-to-attend-and-compete-at-conference http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/q-a-for-toastmasters/291-q-who-pays-for-the-division-contest-winners-to-attend-and-compete-at-conference

​Q) ​Who pays for the division contest winners to attend and compete at conference?​

A) ​The contestant does. When you compete in any contest you need to understand that there are costs involved. The contestants will have to pay their own accommodation and conference fees. Sometimes homestays are available so ideally I would suggest all Division Directors request a homestay for their 2 contestants as soon as the date/venue for the conference is released. Don’t wait until number 99 to get this done. As Division Director you know that there are contests at every conference and each division will send contestants, so do it asap. You don’t need to give names or any other detail, just make a provincial booking.

Q) ​Why doesn’t district pay for any part of this?

A) ​That’s the rules and regulations of Toastmasters International. Please read the bylaws.


pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Q&A for Toastmasters Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:05:05 +0000
Why should I start a new club? http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/290-why-should-i-start-a-new-club http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/290-why-should-i-start-a-new-club

David Preece1

The time may come when you ask yourself this question; a question to which there are many answers. This article provides the good, the better and the best reasons why it is a good thing to do.

People become Toastmasters for a variety of reasons, mostly to improve their communication and leadership skills. This is done through completing educational programmes to achieve Toastmasters qualifications. The highest award, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), is achieved by completing both the communication and leadership streams. To achieve the Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) qualification a Toastmaster must either start a new club or rescue an existing non-performing club. This is the primary reason why many Toastmasters decide to start a new club: to complete their ALS. It is a good reason but not the only reason.

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:30:18 +0000
Club and area alignment http://www.toastmasters74.org/members/district/club-and-area-alignment http://www.toastmasters74.org/members/district/club-and-area-alignment


DivisionArea #Area Director SurnameFirst NameClubs in Area
A 1 Mjila Monde Maputo, Midrand, Vodacom, Byte yr Tongue, Resolve
A 2 Goosen Neil Centurion, Telephonix, Central Centurion, Mercedes Benz, Centurion Eagles, Lakeside Centurion
A 3 Poole Marion Scientia, Pretoria East, Strelitizia, Tag, Sanlam Speaks
A 4 Whyte Aldaine Forum, Pretoria 2000, Vital Communicators, Emahaleni, Totius Masters
A 5 Molokoane Dineo President, SARB, Open Society, Pretoria Tshwane, DIRCO, Rustenburg
D 1 Roux Francois Good Hope, Two Oceans, The Breakfast Club, Pick n Pay
D 2 Khan Afsana Cape Town, Cape Anchor, Pinelands, River Park
D 3 Klein Graham Pep Talkers, The Grove, Cape Communicators, Taverners
D 4 Kamatuka Gerson Tarentaal, Seagulls, Swakopmund, NBC
E 1 Fleischer Mark Algoa, ACT, NMMU, uSpeak
E 2 Pedi Tshepiso Protea, Thuthuka, Soaring Eagles, Rhodes University
E 3 Dabata Singata KSD TVET College, #IQULA, WSU Accounting
H 1 Chigalu Soustain Eloquent, Blantyre, Lilongwe
H 2 Cassel Margot 4th Dimension, UWP, Dainfern, Siyakha
H 3 Mfeli Emmanuel Speechquest, Royal Haskoning, Business Engage, Deloitte, Fluor
H 4 Taylor Judith Transformers, Sandton, Rivonia, Morningside
H 5 Mashifane Mahwidi Golden Gavel, Accenture, Hatch, CommunIQate
I 1 Tasker Sofia Alberton, Gold Reef, Afrikaanse Alberton, Bespoke Nielsen
I 2 Rajuili Bryant Kempton Park, Univocal, BPL, Modderfontein, BPL Innovation
I 3 Bratt Ian Benoni, Mbabane, Refined Raconteurs, Sasol Synfuels
I 4 de Kramer Robert Bedfordview, Village, Egoli, Oasis
L 1 Bannerman Edmund Gaborone, Eloquent Speakers, Grant Thornton, Botho Botswana
L 2 Mogapi Tebogo Rosebank, Rio Illovo, Illovo Lions, TWP
L 3 Feros Luther Johannesburg, CIS, Kadimah, The Sages, Greenside
L 4 Thela Njabulo KPMG, Altron, WBS, Accenture
L 5 Maggs Jackie Nedbank, Buwa E & Y, JSE, CIMA
P 1 Syers Wendy Umgeni, Durban, eGagasini, Grand Capital
P 2 Thompson Harold Highway, Forest Hills, Chatsworth, Pietermaritzburg
P 3 Fulton Worrick Umhlanga, Speakeasy, MTN, Rhino
R 1 Frost Warren Siemens, Table View, Vodacom, Meet-Talk-Network, Ernst & Young CT
R 2 Williams Michelle Winelands, Tygerberg, Cima Cape Town, Visa Cape Town, Sanlam
R 3 Abrahams Ragmah Consol Conversations, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Chuckle n Chirp
R 4 Kraak Diana Table Bay, Peninsula, Talking Heads, Allan Gray
S 1 Gernaat John-Peter Rainbow, Leaders in Action, Effective Communicators, Changed People, Bloemfontein
S 2 Sebogodi Lebogang Florida, West Rand, Positive Speakers, Bacon & Egg
S 3 Nekhavhambe Thendo Randburg, Honeydew, Moments to Note, Republikan
S 4 Sono Johannes Sharpville, Rainbow Nation, Senwes
S 5 Hlatshwayo Nomusa Anglo EasySpeakers, Std Bank Ops, ABSA Sundowners, ABSA Breakfast Club, TCP
Z 1 Chimanikire Linda Engineers, Capital, Metropolitan, Champions, Waterfront
Z 2 Bapire William Executive, Challengers, Diplomatic Corps, Supreme
Z 3 Mwamba Kreole Kangwa Zambezi, ZCAS, Lusaka Pros, Madison.
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