Archive for May 2019

District Director – Happiness

I have been in a position of privilege over the last few years in Toastmasters. In that time, I have been privileged to meet many #ProudToastmasters from across our district. Of all the privileges I have enjoyed, there is none so far that compares to witnessing Toastmasters from different corners of our district that I…

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Leadership Opportunities – Raise your hand up

When I joined Toastmasters I wanted to improve my speaking skills. That is what Prof Mufunani Khosa sold to us in our Graduate Trainee Business Communications class those many years ago. When I attended the next meeting and subsequently joined, it lived up to its billing, it was an organisation to improve speaking skills. With…

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Club Experience – Speechcraft as a fundraiser

I recently had the privilege of attending OURCon and left feeling inspired and rejuvenated about the value of the Toastmasters programme! What a pity that every member of District 74 was not present. This spurred me on to share a long awaited article about the value and benefits of clubs delivering Speechcraft courses as a…

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Mentorship – My experience with mentorship

When I joined Algoa I was assigned a mentor and her assistance went well with my first few speeches. However, mid-way through my CC, my mentor left the club and I was on my own. Although I completed my CC – I soon realised that a mentor was essential to assist with my weaker areas.…

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District Director – Help shape the future of District 74

13 in 15 members I meet chose to share with me how Toastmasters has changed their life and the people around them or ask me questions about certain policies and procedures that they need clarification on. You could have been one of them. Some I manage to resolve but, some remain as unfinished business. I…

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OURCon- Make a date!

OURCon is less than a fortnight away We’re less than a fortnight away from #OURCon and making history TWOgether as #PeopleMakingHistory. This promises to be another conference that leaves you with memories created through OURExperience. Are you hyped up and ready to experience a magical 3.5 days of Toastmasters magic? Have you registered and made…

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Did you know about the District Council Meeting?

Did you know that you can directly influence who gets into the District 74 leadership and the direction of Southern Africa Toastmasters? As the member, you are a shareholder and you are the most important person in our organisation.Please join us for the District Council Meeting on Saturday, 18 May 2019, 09:25 at Thaba Eco…

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Presentation Skills – OURContestants

Over the last weekend in April, I had the pleasure of attending the DIVISION Z finals at REPS Theatre in Harare, Zimbabwe. The event was attended by 100s of members and non-members from across Zimbabwe and Zambia & over “seas” It was an absolutely fantastic experience, hosted in a 60 year old theatre, with fantastic…

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Are you celebrating?

It started of as a dream, then it became an affirmation and now it is becoming REAL! Good day #PeopleMakingHistory, Did you know that you are part of one of the most successful leadership teams that our district has had? I am grateful to you for your service to our organisation. Because of you and…

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The next Toastmasters campaign

As the Vice President Membership for your club your team may want to start preparing for this campaign NOW. How did your club do in with the Talk Up Toastmasters Campaign? Whether your club added 5 new members during the campaign or just missed the goal, ask the following questions:- What did we do that…

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This is Levels!

Vice Presidents Education, congratulations to everyone of you, you have helped and supported our members in achieving their personal development goals….Do you know that: 1250 Educational Awards have been registered this Toastmasters year by over 700 members in 165 clubs  This is already 200 more  awards than last year & we have 2 months left …

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Leaving a legacy

As a club officer, would you like to #LeaveALegacy for the incoming team? Here are practical things you can do to achieve that: ·         Meet your club’s goals early and not aim for June 30 ·         Ensure each club officer finds a successor ·         Aim to have your club officer elections before May 31. ·         Do a proper handover…

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7 days to go! All roads lead to…?

We’re 7 days away from #OURCon and making history together as #PeopleMakingHistory. This promises to be another conference that leaves you with memories created through OUR Experience. Are you hyped up and ready to experience a magical 3.5 days of Toastmasters magic? Have you registered and made payment to secure your seat? Are you ready…

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Are you being counted?

Do you have people in your lives that just seem to always have tickets or free-pass to some exclusive and high-end events? When I was younger, my aunt was that person. For every notable event in the country, she had tickets to share. She was there. I envied her. Her work; and obviously the memories,…

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