Archive for Mar 2019

District Director – Welcome to Toastmasters

In his book, “Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To Do”, Ferdinand Fournies very clearly sets out the hidden reasons for non-performance. Applying these same principles to Toastmasters, I find all of the 16 reasons relevant to what we do in Toastmasters. Last week, I had the privilege of orienting 2 of the new…

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Member Moment- My Journey

I was invited for my first Toastmasters meeting (Executive Club, Harare Zimbabwe) sometime in 2006. I was not employed having been affected by a retrenchment exercise at my previous employer. I showed up at my first meeting in casual wear and everyone was formally dressed. I felt out of place but this quickly faded as…

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Leadership opportunity – Reviving a dying club

How we managed to revive our club Taking ownership Whenever you walk into a situation that is not of your own creation, you have two choices. Start blaming someone or taken ownership of the situation and do something about it. The former is easy to do because it absolves you of responsibility, of the need…

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Club Experience – Who is to blame?

Has your club lost its spark and sparkle? Are the meetings boring or sometimes not even happening? Is your experience not meeting your expectations? Are you not getting value for money? Are you already playing the blame game? Blame the Executive Committee- they don’t really organize meetings or schedule speeches or anything. Blame the members…

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Did you know that the WPSC starts at club level?

The World Champions of Public Speaking Finals is held at the Toastmasters Convention in August every year. It starts at club level in more than 15900 clubs in 142 countries in the world. What a privilege for us at Eagles to get our members to experience a memorable contest. As John Bercow said that, “History…

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A Special Message – Get in the game

Get in the Game – Be a club where people make history I don’t know about you, but I work hard to earn my money and my time is precious to me. If I pay someone money, I expect excellent customer service. I want to know that my time and money have been well spent.…

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Leadership Opportunities – Don’t be shy

I never used to talk in meetings, though I believed I had great ideas. I was shy. After meetings I would have sleepless nights thinking about things I could have said. I was very comfortable living a life full of regrets. I joined Toastmasters International and became a more confident person after just participating in…

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Presentation Tips – The power of personal stories

Life is a series of challenges. We write tests or exams and unfortunately we are not always on the same page as the person next to us. Hence we can’t compare. This does not mean I cannot share my story. If I share my story perhaps it can help you to pass the exam or…

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Did you know about the Brand Right program?

The Brand Right program is the brainchild of Andrew Tsuro, District 74 PR Manager and his PR team. The objective of the program is to help Toastmasters clubs to align with the Toastmasters brand. We have some very enthusiastic VPPR’s out there, and some amazing graphic design skills, unfortunately in many cases the understanding of…

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A Special Message – Thank You!

I would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to you for paying your semi-annual dues. It is fantastic to see you investing in yourself, your self-development and your growth. Toastmasters has been the best investment I have made in myself over the last 27 years. I have grown as a person and as a…

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Member Moment – My why

I am a recent Economics graduate and an aspiring Development Economist. I am keen on learning and developing into a professional in Development Economics. I wish to make an impact through formulating and implementing community development initiatives that will help to create a strong and vibrant society and economy. My passion for Economics was developed…

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District Director – Seize the moment

The world needs you to step up and lead. Your ability to come up with practical solutions that serve your community has never been more in demand as it is today. This is where Toastmasters has come through for me. I used to believe learning leadership and practising leadership was the same until I practised…

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