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Archive for Apr 2019

District Director: What’s your bottom line like?

At the last Entrepreneurs club meeting, I was asked to give a speech on how you can increase your income (revenue/salary) through Toastmasters. We had some interesting dialogue on your reasons for joining Toastmasters; The opportunities available in Toastmasters to fulfill your reason; ensuring you have the right kind of support to achieve your objective  and ultimately How to convert…

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Did you know about the District Council Meeting?

My home country, South Africa, is about to hold their general elections on the 8th of May 2019. This is something that happens every 4 years and a great deal of activity and excitement happens during the months leading up to the elections for a new government. Campaigning begins many months before and candidates and…

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Special Announcement – Congratulations President Distinguished Clubs!

Have you ever placed first in a race, trained hard for a sporting event, won a contest? It’s a brilliant feeling !!! Congratulations to every single one of the members of every single one of the 56 clubs that has achieved a personal goal. The clubs that are DISTINGUISHED are ensuring that they are meeting…

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Leadership Opportunities – I was made

I have been a Toastmaster now for close to 4 years and there is not a day that goes by where I don’t look at my life and thank the Toastmasters program for what I have. In those four years I’ve seen members join, members leave, and I have committed myself to share the knowledge…

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Presentation Tips – As real as it gets

3 Top No BS Tips before your contest. Need no BS advice? I got you. Being a contestant is nerve-wrecking and what’s worse is there is not much information out there to guide you through the Contest. Well, a lot of the advice you get is pure BS. Yes pure Bread and Sugar, and we…

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Mentor Moments – Behold a Champion

It all started on a cloudless, chilly July Monday morning. Tafadzwa, a fellow Toastmaster from a sister club called. We had both joined Toastmasters a year and a bit earlier and were both serving as Vice President Education in our respective clubs. He called to hand over a prospective member who had reached out to…

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Mentoring – Finding yourself through mentorship.

Not too long ago, in January 2018, I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills, because as a new teacher I would deliver the lesson and half of the learners would pay attention and the other half not. This brought me to Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills. My first ice breaker was delivered two…

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Member Moment – That Thing Helps!

I would blame myself if I forgot two questions: “the why” and “from whom” I joined Toastmasters (TM). Both questions are answered by the following short story: I always admired the English-speaking skills a friend (called Lisandro) used to display. In order to improve my professional experience under a global world, I invited Lisandro to…

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District Director – Reflections

You are on the brink of success, be it personally or your club/ area/ division. How much fun have you had in the process? I recently attended a contest where the Table Topics question was “What advice would you give your 10 year old self?” In the 1 minute of reflection, as one Contest Chairman…

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Presentation Tips – Speech Contest Experience

Two years ago I walked into my first Toastmasters meeting. It was in a classroom full of strangers that seemed to like each other, nothing interesting, nothing new, where was the magic. A gentleman stood up and with what looked like that thing the judges use on tv, he banged on the table twice. And…

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Did you know about Club Coaching?

Is Club Coaching and Rescue the Toughest Leadership Challenge in Toastmasters? For the past 36 years as a Toastmaster and being involved in every sector of the organisation I have maintained that the two toughest jobs in Toastmasters is – 1st being the VPE and 2nd being the Sergeant at Arms. I am starting to…

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Leadership Opportunities – Seize the moment!

I was told that when I was in grade 1, I took over the class. Whilst the teacher was out I decided to take the chalk and I started teaching my classmates. I bet I thought if there is no one on stage I might as well do It! Funny story! Of course my teacher…

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