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Archive for Sep 2018

District Director – Join us at the main table

This past week I was reminded why I have enjoyed being a part of this organisation. I experienced again an incredible sense of community that spans beyond borders and demographics. I would like to invite you to reflect on what it is that you are getting from Toastmasters and what you would like to get…

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Presentation Tips – Nail that presentation!

NAIL THAT PRESENTATION Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you nailed a presentation. That sense of accomplishment when colleagues and managers congratulate you on how well you did. For some this is something that they want to achieve. I’m going to share just three tips that will help you with your presentation skills. • Dress…

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Mentor Moments – Formal and Informal Mentorship

I joined Toastmasters International in May 2014. I really joined it to give it a try. It was after hearing David Preece talking about it at our Group IT Transformation Committee at Standard Bank. I did not know what to expect and had no wild imaginations. I attended my first meeting as a guest in…

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Did you know that Evelyn was born 24 October 1924

Did you know that what was unique about Toastmaster Evelyn’s life was that she was born in Lesotho the same year as the one in which Toastmasters International was founded – 24th October 1924. How wonderful!! Toastmaster Evelyn Lebona was affectionately known in the Toastmasters’ fraternity as “Magogo”. This fact made realize why she remained…

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Editors Post – Work in progress.

A few weeks ago I accompanied my eight year old niece to a party and one parent asked me where I work. My niece decided to answer on my behalf “She works for Toastmasters” I was quite taken aback and I asked her “What makes you think I work for Toastmasters?” Her response “You are…

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Leadership Opportunities – Lessons in conflict

Lessons in conflict In my interaction with the practice of Mindfulness, I have learnt that human beings tend to stick with that which is pleasant, ignore that which is neutral and turn away from that which is unpleasant. I have noticed this wisdom in relation to the leadership challenge of conflict. In my year as…

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Member Moments – My name is Aristotle

My name is Aristotle. I never knew about Toastmasters International until a friend invited me. I kept on politely declining his offer. He was persistent. I finally attended my first Toastmasters Club meeting in November of 2017. I did not attend because I wanted to. I attended because I had run out of excuses. It…

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In Loving Memory of Fatima Abrahams, DTM

Our Toastmasters Family is at a loss of one of our own selfless servant leaders. Fatima Abrahams, DTM collapsed and passed on Wednesday 19 September 2018 in the afternoon. Fatima had been an illustrious leader who served with respect and excellence as Area Director (2015, 2017, 2018) and Division A Director in 2015-2016. She will…

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District Director – Conversations

Several weeks ago, I had an interesting meeting with an influential business man in Zimbabwe. I met him at a hotel in Johannesburg while we were both waiting for someone. It’s not unusual that I have random conversations with strangers but, I usually have to initiate them. In this case it was the other way…

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Leadership opportunities – Who is knocking at the door?

Who is knocking at the door! I joined Toastmasters to improve on my communication skills, but then I heard a knock at the door! My fellow Toastie asked me if I would be interested in becoming Sergeant at Arms, as I showed potential in organising and time management. Who? Me! So, with a little nudge,…

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Editor’s note – The reason you should bother yourself

I was feeling miserable and asking myself over and over again… ‘Why am I bothering myself? I should just give up seriously”. I was on my way to a Toastmasters meeting. It seemed i was the only one attending and i had no agenda. It dawned on me that today was the 4th anniversary of…

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Member Moments – Hello Table Topics

I was a Toastmaster in high school and resolved to continue through college and adult life. Life happened and my former resolution did not. An event more than 7 years later made me join Toastmasters again. Most of us are familiar with the backstage of most performance theatres. There is a maze of passages and…

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Did you know ? – Youth Leadership Programme

Did you know that Toastmasters has a Youth Leadership Programme that helps the young ones build their communication  and leadership skills. Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program (YLP ), is in my opinion a fundamental program to get involved in for any club. There are several reasons I strongly believe a club should become involved in the…

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Club Experiences – Club Quality, Bring it On!

“Bring It On” and achieve your club goals! Fellow Toastmasters!It is that time of the year again when we renew our International subscriptions by  30th September 2018, and your opportunity to achieve half a point of Goal 10 of our Distinguished Club Program (DCP). If your subscriptions reach Toastmasters International before 1st October 2018 you…

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Presentation Corner – Much Ado About Nothing

The cliche, without further ado, or worse, adieu, gets used more & more by both young & old and experienced & non-experienced Toastmasters. This and other cliches really do detract from what you are saying & your message, I found a piece about the use of cliches that I wanted to share with you all…

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My Little Red Star- VPEs

When I was in the first grade, my class teacher used to stick red stars on books of pupils who had performed well. To us 6-year-olds the red star was the hallmark of achievement and recognition. In my third term, after months and months of the red star eluding me, I was finally due to…

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Mentorship-Immediate Past Presidents

At this point in the year, hopefully you have been able to transition from being the “one in charge” to someone who supports and advises. It is a difficult transition but one that provides you an opportunity to continue to contribute but with decreased accountability. If you are looking for a way to contribute to…

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VPPRs-How About a Guest Overload?!

How long did it take you to eventually become a Toastmaster? For many members today, they heard about Toastmasters at least 3,4 or 5 times before they committed to attending a meeting, let alone becoming a member. This month, I would like to urge you to 1. Update your database of guests and visitors 2.…

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Open House Events-SAA Role

Hopefully by now you will have seen material and information on the Smedley Award available to clubs during August and September. The Vice Presidents Membership and Public Relations will be working on a programme to have Open-House events at your club – specifically to include as many guests as possible and showcase the benefits of…

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Incentives! Treasurers, Incentives

This TOASTMASTER year, when I took over the treasury of our club, I thought to myself – “How can I persuade our members to pay their membership dues well in advance to avoid running after them begging for membership payments?” I plotted a few time-frames and started thinking of incentives, which I could use as…

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