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Archive for Sep 2019

Miss Botswana

On Sunday, September 1st Gaborone Toastmasters Club conducted a public speaking training for Miss Botswana’s Top 12 Finalists. As Miss Botswana Finalists, they are in preparation for the Grand Finale which provides various speaking opportunities, including a 30 Second Question and Answers Session on critical issues. The training conducted focused on the fundamentals of public speaking…

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Membership Fees

I know that you can’t go to the gym, without paying your gym membership, I know that you never walk out of a restaurant or a bar without paying for your food, as soon as you don’t pay your Netflix or DSTV subscription your services are suspended and you can’t exit a parking garage if…

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What kind of leader are you becoming?

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” These are the words of my favorite leadership author, Dr. John Calvin Maxwell. He continues to say that when things continue to go wrong in an organization, the first thing to do is fire the leader because the leader is responsible. After all, everything rises and falls on leadership.…

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Authenticity

I recently read an article on Forbes.com, “How to Be A Better Public Speaker, Like A Toastmasters’ World Champion” Aaron Beverly, our newest WCPS shared some advice with forbes.com on being a more impactful speaker. You can read the full article here, but he mentioned authenticity a number of times, firstly to be your authentic self on stage,…

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Adolph Kaestner District 74 Director 1988/89

The WOW – Note/Letter Many years ago (1988/89) when I was the DG (DD) for D74 I realised the value of Recognition. That is when I came up with the Maxim – “What Gets Recognised – Gets Repeated!” To put this into action I had printed a small Note Pad (see the Picture). During meetings…

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Erich Viedge District 74 Director 2011/12

Why do we speak, when there are books in the world? Think about it.  You can read between 200 and 300 words a minute. But we can only speak at around 140 words a minute. That means I can read this article aloud to you, and it will take 30% to 100% longer than reading…

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Congratulations

The first of the Club Fitness Rewards draws was held on Saturday the 7th of September. Two clubs received a full ticket to our annual Toastmasters Conference RoyalCon. The first draw was for all the clubs that submitted their PR and Marketing Plan, 143 clubs were part of the draw and Congratulations go to Nedbank…

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District Chief Judge Position

The position of District Chief Judge is open and we would like anybody who would be interested in taking up this role to email education@toastmasters74.org. The District Chief Judge needs to have an intimate knowledge of the Toastmasters International rule book. Any disputes arising from Club, Area and Division Contest will be brought before the…

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Attending a Toastmasters conference

Attending a Toastmasters conference in Southern Africa is an experience which I’m always grateful for, and I have attended many in the years since I joined Toastmasters, from the West to East and North to South of the Republic. What I love most is the educational sessions and the opportunity to connect with friends, old…

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Was it worthwhile?

I first attended a Toastmasters International Convention in 2017 in Vancouver, Canada and participated in the host district helping hands program. The experience was a surreal mix of fact and fantasy. This year I decided to experience the International Convention as an attendee. The Experience The convention schedule consisted of Inspiring educational sessions, thrilling opening…

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The Unintended Consequence

What first brought you to Toastmasters? I joke that I didn’t join to become a better speaker – I was running away from my kids! I had no idea that this simple decision to attend a meeting at Cape Town Toastmasters would have such an impact on my life. I was lucky – Cape Town…

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