Archive for Jun 2019

Mentorship – Destination to Growth

“We are going to Joburg!” Earlier this year, I had no idea that this exciting declaration would have a profound impact on my Toastmasters experience. Today, as I share my personal journey towards the 2019 Speech Competitions, I am still in awe that I can now personally attest to the transformative powers of Toastmasters, one…

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Leadership opportunities – ICU to I See You

2018 – 2019 is year to remember for me, not because I participated in the speech contest for our Area (Z3) and emerged the winner in the Evaluations category, but rather I witnessed and helped my club ZCAS( Zambia Chartered Accountants Students) become President’s distinguished. Our club was on hardly surviving when I took over…

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Member Moment – Gun without Bullets

… How Toastmasters gave me a bulletIts wartime! Your comrade hands you a gun to shoot a charging enemy but as you pull the trigger, you realize there is no bullet! Imagine the trauma, confusion and despair! It is too late to take to your feet or to take cover and the enemy pounces. That…

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Club Experience – It’s Today!

IT’S TODAY, IT’S TODAY….. WHY TODAY? The car was buzzing with chatter and excitement, then one statement from a young middle-aged man, abruptly silenced the group when he said; I became free of debt because of Toastmasters! He went on to share his journey of how he became overwhelmed by debt and was drinking even…

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Member Moment – My Journey

Three years ago I found myself a mentor who has been a Toastmaster for almost two decades. He is very confident and speaks exceptionally well. The first meeting of mentorship I was encouraged to join Toastmasters. I did not hesitate because I was looking forward to the day I could also speak with confidence like…

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TLI for what?

Did you know that Toastmasters envisioned future is to “to be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.” In order to achieve that, we need solid structures that will ensure that at each level, members and clubs have adequate support and resources to take them forward. TLI is for that!…

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District Director – Being Distinguished

What does being distinguished mean to you? We live in a world where we are constantly seeking the fullest expression of self. To make this possible we need to constantly find ways to distinguish our current self and that is the reason why I am a member of Toastmasters. The word Distinguished became a frequent…

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Club Experience – On Becoming Distinguished

I’ve had the honour of attending several Club Meetings at Soweto Positive Speakers and can’t quite put my finger on what it is that really gives them that ‘je ne sais quoi’ but they have it. Ask anyone who has visited this group of lively and energetic Toastmasters – the energy and overall atmosphere is…

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In Honour of O.U.R. Con Convener – Makgahlela Talana

Do you have any idea what it takes to organize a Toastmasters conference? It is probably the busiest, most stressful assignment I personally have EVER been involved in.  Makgahlela Talane is a new member of Toastmasters, but she has an incredible work ethic, passion & energy.  Her team members loved her; Richard Francis said “Having…

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