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John Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, best-selling author and celebrated motivational speaker. Here was the 2012 winner of Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel Award that honours contributions to communication and leadership made by non-Toastmasters. Listen to his thoughts on Toastmasters and the award.
More and more women join the ever growing Toastmasters in South Africa and take on leadership roles.
As we celebrate women' month in South Africa we focus on the women in leadership positions of
Toastmasters in Southern Africa.
Frances Fraser, Aletta Rochat, Jacqueline Groenewald and Sandra Cooper are currently fulfilling four of the
top leadership positions.
All four of them agree that since they joined Toastmasters their confidence have improved and they are
more willing to take on tasks they would have said no to before.
South African women are strong, competent and able to juggle work, home, husband and kids and still find
time to improve their communication and leadership skills.
Since joining Toastmasters Aletta has started her own company. She says that her success as a facilitator
and trainer is based on the confidence she has gained through her experience as a Toastmaster.
Jacqueline is a Acorn Kids distributor and says her sales has more than doubled since joining Toastmasters
because of the confidence she has gained as a speaker.
Toastmasters has helped me to gain the confidence I need to be a leader in different facets of my life
including my family. With friends, at work an in society as a whole, says Frances Fraser, Lieutenant
Governor Education and Training.
Sandra Cooper's words of wisdom are: "No matter how scared you are, if you just have the courage to try
you will be amazed at the results."
Toastmasters teaches practical skills that make you an effective leader and communicator, building teams,
running effective meetings, providing feedback and facilitating dynamic group discussions.
Toastmasters is "Where leaders are made".
To find a club near you, visit www.toastmasters.org or contact Toastmasters Southern Africa (District 74)
District 74 was recognised for achieving the #8 in the world position at the recent annual convention in Orlando by the top leaders of Toastmasters International.
See excerpts of the World Champs of Public Speaking. Our very own Kay Lindsay came second in the semi-finals, and was beaten by Ryan Avery, who later won the finals. So Kay was knocked out by the best in the world, well done to her!
Here's a quick preview of the finals from Toastmasters International.
One of the greatest motivators is to share in the success of a fellow Toastmaster.
Adolph P Kaestner, AC g, CL, DTM and PDG epitomises what can be achieved if you put your mind to
learning and putting into practice what you learn.
Adolph (Dolf) Joined Toastmasters in 1983 (The Nib Club ) and within 18 moinths he had achieved his first
CC (Since done 12 more) and in 2 years his AC. Dolf Became embroiled in the administration of the club ,
then Area and was Are Governor of the year in 1986. In the same year he became D74 Lt Gov. Marketing
and then went on to become the District Governor in 1988/89. Under Dolf’s “maverick” and “young turk”
Leadership District 74 achieved Distinguished, in fact Select Distinguished Status # 7 worldwide for the first
time since we became a district 10 years earlier. Dolf has completed every manual and workshop available
in the TM catalogue and is currently still the most decorated Toastmaster in D74’s history.
After giving over 13 years to the Movement as an administrator, trainer and leader Dolf decided it was
time to get into the Speaking side of Toasties and in 1996 he won the International Prepared contest and
Represented D74 at the World Champs in the USA. He also holds the D74 Evaluation Title and 3 rd polace
in the D74 Impromptu.
The next challenge was to enter the Professional Speaking Circuit. Adolph did this in 1992 on a part time
basis and then in 2003 he gave up a very successful career of 30 years in the Bank to follow his dream of
becoming a Professional Speaker, Trainer and Mentor. He is presently following this career and has just
been elected President of the PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa) for 2012/13.
For those of you thinking you want to follow the same route why not give Adolph a call and meet with him
to see how and what it takes to do this.
His contact details are:
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