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Archive for Jul 2018

Bleeps and Blunders

My club has a rich culture of allowing the club committee to organize our speech contest as a club committee team project. We did this every year, twice a year. The year that I was president of my club I had a fairly inexperienced committee. Contest season was fast approaching and the committee had their…

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From our District Director – Our Commitment to you

One day, in my first few weeks as a Toastmaster I had been struggling with the commitment of my fellow members in my club. I approached my Club President at the time Priscilla Chinhengo, DTM and I asked her “What reference(s) in Toastmasters could we use to solve our commitment problems.” Without much thought and…

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Leadership Opportunities – Learning by doing

The tagline is “Where leaders are made”. It is surely not as simple as “just add water”, nor is it a complex recipe of rare-earth minerals combined at high pressures and volcanic temperatures. But there is a method, and it is fool-proof (just look at me!). Some people may be born with innate tendencies that…

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Presentation Corner – Electronic Presentations

I guess more has been written and commented on the use of Power Point Presentations in the last 20 years than almost any other Presentation Tool introduced over the same period. The Reason – Simple – Microsoft Built a Tool to make Presentations simpler for us all and also added almost every Gizmo and feature…

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Mentoring Moments

Aletta Rochat once said you should accumulate as many mentors as possible, each an expert in a particular skillset excelling at. She didn’t quite say it like this, but you get the gist?! I thought it was going to be quite difficult to get surrounded by such experts ready to help you when you needed…

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Member Moment – Brandt van der Westhuizen

My name is Brandt van der Westhuizen. I moved to Namibia from New Zealand about 6 years ago with the intention of starting a new job as an English Home Language teacher for a local High School. After about 3 years I started to feel that I wanted to do something that took me away…

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Did you Know? – First cut is really deep!

Because my first cut was the deepest! Believe me, it is true; ‘the first cut is the deepest!’ I too had my first cut on the 4th of July 2015.  I remember so vividly how it went down, how I felt being in the moment! That evening broadened my view of what I was part…

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Introducing Brand Right!

Allow me to share with you everything I have learned about brand management within and outside of Toastmasters. by Thandwefika Tshabalala, Toastmasters District 74 Brand Manager   When I started as a VPPR three years ago I started designing posters for my club. My designs were fresh in my view, they were bold and edgy,…

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Obama’s 16th Annual Lecture Review

Obama’s 16th Annual Lecture Review by Mutali Nemadzivhanani – Toastmasters Southern Africa Speech Evaluator When I heard that Former President Barack Obama was going to be speaking at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, I almost passed out. There was no way I was going to miss it! I found myself at Midday on Tuesday,…

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How to Plan an Open House Event

When is your open house? Start planning early for the best results. Here are some ideas to help you have the best one yet: 1- Organize a committee: ◦Find out who in your club needs a CL project ◦Organize or Help organize club special event ◦PR campaign – chair or help with ◦Membership contest ◦Befriend a…

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From our District Director, Frank Tsuro

Let’s make your experience more rewarding I have had the privilege of being part of a couple of public speaking clubs. After attending my first Toastmasters meeting, I was sure there was something unusual about this organisation. To be part of any of the public speaking clubs that I had been part of, you had to…

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Did you know?

Toastmasters International hosts a convention every August! The convention that I attended in 2014 in Malaysia remains firmly embedded in my mind for  four reasons: it was a multi racial  experience. I met and interacted with toastmasters from all over the world, e.g. Philippines, Singapore, U.S. etc. It’s interesting how despite where we come from,…

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Bleeps and Blunders!

“You are the reason I left Toastmasters! I was facilitating a strategy workshop for a client one day, and one of the participants recognised me. I remember you, she said. You’re a Toastmaster. I was very proud that she remembered me. I’m used to making a positive impact on people. So I was shocked at…

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Mentoring Moments –

Be the light to others’ darkness. Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” In 2015 I went through a traumatic experience that resulted in me losing my eyesight, in this moment not only did my physical eye close but I felt my dreams and plans…

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Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities: My journey in Toastmasters has been a fascinating one. I will never forget the day my club President was asking for people to step up to Club Officer roles. She said: ‘There is no team of fairies that put every meeting together! We have a team of club officers who make these meetings…

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Presentation Skills Tip

The Unexpected with Lloyd! People spend more time sitting on the toilet each week than exercising. Moreover, we end up with 1.4 years on the toilet during a lifetime. How do you react when you are surprised? Your eyes open wide, your jaw drops, you breathe in and your hands open up. Why? Your whole…

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Giving Sales Pitches – Tips

  Tips from Toastmasters International A sales pitch or proposal seeks to persuade. The objective of the presentation is to sell a product, concept or idea. The ability to present sales pitches and proposals effectively can open the door to professional opportunities. To organize ideas into an effective sales pitch or proposal, use the “inverted pyramid” approach,…

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Your Body Language when Speaking

  Tips from Toastmasters International Speakers generate a great amount of emotion and interest through the use of non-verbal communication, often called gestures or body language. A speaker’s body can be an effective tool for emphasizing and clarifying the words they use, while reinforcing their sincerity and enthusiasm. Here are a few tips on how…

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Join the Toastmasters Celebration

  Article by Andrew Tsuro DTM, Public Relations Manager for Toastmasters Southern Africa On 1 August 2018, Toastmasters from around the world will be celebrating the life and times of the founder of Toastmasters International, Ralph C. Smedley. On the day: We will be wearing our Toastmasters badges Members will tell their Toastmasters story online,…

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Toastmasters has Improved Me as a Leader

    I have spent considerable time in sales in my life and have generally found it easy to relate with others through a mixture of humour and empathy. I have certainly been able to tweak and refine my public speaking skills through Toastmasters, for which I am genuinely grateful. Where I have benefitted he…

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