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Archive for Aug 2018

High School Teacher & the 5th female wins World Champion of Public Speaking.

With a speech titled “Still Standing,” Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 25. For the first time in the contest’s history, female competitors swept the top three positions. Smith is only the fifth woman to capture the World Champion of Public Speaking title since…

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From the District Director

I am writing to you from the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention, a meet up of over 3000 members Toastmasters from across the world. More than this, the convention is a celebration of what we offer in Toastmasters. During this event we will be electing our new Board of Directors and also crowning the World…

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Presentations Corner: The 3 C’s that got me the gig!

Invoice had been paid, business class flight, booked, 5-star executive suite reserved. All this for  “A statue on stage, a speech with a collection of quotes on google and cheesy request for a standing ovation!” That was Merriam’s version of what happened the last time they invited a guest speaker at their function. I was…

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Bleeps and Blunders – Procrastinator Club

So here is a funny story about Toastmasters and Toastmasters Members like myself…. which proves that I am not a “procrastinator”, (I am just extremely productive at un-important things.) Now here is the issue. Linda? , our OAP Editor, asked me to write an article for the OAP about an embarrassing incident that may have…

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Mentor Moments-My Hero

  I have always looked at myself as destined to be a leader. As such I pursued courses that would help my leadership and public speaking skills. However, I seemed to be lacking and every time I was given a platform to speak, I would sweat really bad. There is an African proverb that says…

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Leadership Opportunities – Level Headed Leader

  Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly, stated John F Kennedy. Imagine you were with me, on this particular night of June 2015, at this beautiful hotel called Protea Ryalls, in one of its magnificent conference rooms, you could have seen how elegant and vibrant I was. You know why? I had…

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Member Moments – I only wanted to learn English!

My intention on joining Toastmasters in November 2017 was to practice speaking English. I soon figured out that being a member of KULA Toastmasters club there was more to just practicing English. I had an opportunity to share experiences with other members. I was learning how to present in front of an audience without fear.…

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Did you Know that Speechcraft is tailored for non-toastmasters?

Did you know that Speechcraft is a Toastmasters short, flexible course on public speaking skills that can be tailored to suit a company/organisation. Why: A Speechcraft course: • Promotes Toastmasters to businesses or in the community • Offers a learning opportunity for members • Is a great way of fundraising for your club • Is…

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Editors note – Where there is a will there is a way.

Four years ago in August 2014  I made my first overseas trip, thanks to Toastmasters.Where there is a will, there is always a way. I saved for months and was motivated further because Lloyd Mugabe was going to represent District 74.A few days before I was due to travel, I was literally glued to my…

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“Bring it on!” – From the District Director

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity of sitting in a Toastmasters networking lunch after Club Officer Training. A very enthusiastic Club Treasurer decided to use this opulent opportunity to warn members at the table that they would be receiving their invoice for semi-annual dues in the week. One member shouted, “Bring it on, Toastmasters…

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Getting comfortable with being Uncomfortable

It’s funny how we stereotype ourselves and others. I tell people that I am loner…in my world that means I am a boring person. I love people, I enjoy being around others and I believe I am sociable. How does that translate to being a loner. Anyway what I am trying to say is I…

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Did you know that HPL is a project management tool?

Did you Know? Toastmasters Teaches the Fundamentals of Project Management Toastmasters is known primarily by members of the public as an organisation focused solely on public speaking. We would all do well to remember the official slogan of Toastmasters: “Where Leaders Are Made.” The High Performance Leadership manual is an example of how people learn…

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Member Moments – Simple Steps

It is indeed true that it takes just a simple step to change your whole life. Exactly a year ago, I took that step and joined Gaborone Toastmasters. Being one of the most ‘soft spoken’ person(in the entire world, I would like to believe!), my voice often disappeared in conversations, and I set out to…

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Mentor Moments – Mentors have great answers!

Coaches ask great Questions, Mentors have great answers. The difference between coaching and mentoring, is summed up in the statement: “Coaches ask great questions, mentors have great answers”. Coaches understand that the person they are coaching already knows the answers they are seeking even though they don’t know they know the answer. To tease that…

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Bleeps and Blunders – “Hypnotic stitches”

I love Toastmasters. One of the major reasons is that I always learn new things about myself. Some of the hidden talents that were long buried in me, just always seem to emerge everytime I deliver a speech. I have seen my confidence rise behind my voice and make me comfortable enough to address any…

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Leadership Opportunities – Even shy members can take up roles!

I strongly believe with all that is in me that without Toastmasters International I would be a very depressed individual with no direction in life. My first encounter with the organisation was in November 2014. I honoured an invite to the Gaborone Toastmasters club by some friends and when I got there something weird happened.…

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Presentations Corner – Condense it down to 5 tips please!

Try this experiment: Imagine a new speaker asked you for the most important things you’ve ever learned about public speaking over the past twenty years. ‘But boil it down to 5 things only, please,’ he adds. ‘Otherwise I’ll just get overwhelmed.’ I’ve been a Toastmaster for just shy of two decades, and a full-time professional…

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Let’s talk of Treasurer’s Excellence

It is that time for us to ensure our members renew their commitment to Toastmasters International financially. It is time for our members pay to play! As Club Treasurer, this August, your focus should ideally be in communicating with members the need to renew their dues on time. You play a pivotal part in ensuring…

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Do you know what the Smedley Award is?

When I was tasked to write this article, I thought, yes! I am going be a famous writer for #PeopleMakingHistory as VPPRs! Then it sunk in and I was asking myself, “Do you know what a Smedley Award is?” My next and most natural reaction was, let us see what my friend google says. What…

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Know Your Members-VPM

  What does the human race like most?  I dare say that next to health and happiness comes love, TLC and recognition. We lose hundreds of Toastmasters every year and some of the main reasons are that they feel neglected, no personal Interest, not fulfilling their needs, not being appreciated, and this list is not…

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