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Archive for Aug 2019

Madiba

MADIBA OUR WONDERFUL AMBASSADOR AND EX PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA. I Joined Toastmasters 6 months ago and have found it a wonderful space to meet new people, hear different speeches and for me to grow my self-confidence, and learn public speaking which I have always been terrified of. A few weeks ago I presented the…

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The Journey has only begun

” Well done JJ, I saw your name on the student portal”… It was a Wednesday evening and I was walking around Sandton City on my 30 minute break away from an accomplished retail store, I paused and wondered what on God’s green earth would prompt my classmate, Letty to share such a message with…

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How To Become A Digital Age PR Ninja On Facebook!

One of our responsibilities as Public Relations officers is to maintain the club Facebook page, generate positive awareness and convertible leads for the purpose of attracting and retaining members. Today 2.23 billion people log in to the platform every month, meaning Facebook is still the world’s biggest social media platform. According to a recent article…

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Starting a club in 30 days

Toastmasters is the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development. The Golden Quarter presents a fantastic opportunity to extend these benefits to a wider audience by getting more clubs started. Starting a new club helps to give more people the chance to flourish in their personal and professional life. My role…

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Hats off to the Secunda Twenty+

It’s common that a person will say “I’ve never heard of a place called Secunda!” For this reason, I will be presumptuous and briefly promote my town and club in the next two paragraphs. Surrounding the coalfields of Mpumalanga lies the small town of Secunda just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.  As the largest…

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CALLING OUT POTENTIAL

Have you identified your unique potential, and are you developing it? Are you making an effort to call out the potential of others? One day, a red-head library teacher at my primary school, made an embarrassing comment in front of my whole class about my wide variety of facial expressions, such as she’s never seen…

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Moments Of Truth

It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression on another human being, according to a Harvard study of communication. When we meet people for the first time, we make quick decisions about them based on their eye contact, appearance, handshake, and verbal and nonverbal cues. I’ve always believed in “first impressions count”, and…

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Have You Heard?

The VPPR Tool-kits Are here! Dear VPPR Officer Congratulations on your role as your Clubs Vice President Public Relations! I have no doubt you have been nailing your new role.  I remember when I was first appointed a public relations officer and my biggest challenge was design. Learning how to design beautiful, message effective posters.…

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The Long walk to DTM

I received my Distinguished Toastmaster Plaque all the way from America today. After the 6-month backlog of the Post office, it finally arrived. I was feeling quite nostalgic reflecting on my 10-year journey to getting my DTM. According to Daniel Rex- the CEO of Toastmasters International “Distinguished Toastmaster recognition is the highest honor that can be…

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COMMITMENT

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.  When I was a little girl my parents often used to say these words to me. But what does it mean? It is about commitment, and it means that if you make a commitment, you should commit wholeheartedly & do your absolute best to ensure…

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Overcoming

Life is filled with exasperating twists and turns. Often it can be an uphill battle, filled with trap doors, wrong turns, regrets and loads of “what ifs”. Don’t even get me started on the people we’ve regrettably allowed a part of our lives. “Could haves” build up into fortunes of mishaps and dreams often become…

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My Toastmasters journey at Resolve

From a very early age, I was always the person you would see but not hear.  I always hid if any opportunity to speak arose.  I started realising that I was missing out on opportunities because of my fear for public speaking.  I realised that sometimes silence can be mistaken for incompetence. I decided that…

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All about Leadership

Leading through Service Definitions and terms can be strange things.  They can evoke very specific ideas and perceptions, and usually these perceptions are most likely off the mark.  One such term is the idea of a ‘leader’.  Usually when we think of a leader, we think of a great person who has left an indelible…

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Division of the Year Division H

The Division of the Year award is for the members, and is earned by the members – their collaborative effort toward their vision and mission. One of the first things that attracted me to Toastmasters, was witnessing the power of teamwork, a fun supportive learning environment and amazing individuals with a heart of gold.  Toastmasters…

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