Archive for May 2020

Open Your Heart To Toastmasters

When I joined Toastmasters 5 years ago, my sight was narrowed to learning effective communication and leadership skills. Well, after all, that is what they told me it was about. After I dived in, I met so many people who became my friends, colleagues, business partners and even wife. I started hanging out with toastmasters…

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11 Countries. 1 Africa.

Toastmasters in Africa commemorate Africa Day with inaugural Pan-African Speak Up event I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me. Kwame Nkrumah More than 490 participants from about 68 countries collaborated to commemorate Africa Day with an inaugural Pan-African Speak Up virtual event held last Saturday…

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Do not lose momentum

There are just over 5 weeks till the end of this TM year.2 things happened this morning I wish to share. I implemented a 5 week PwC drive to inspire members to meet their goals and speak at their meetings with TM presentations. The managers put their hands up and as of this week will…

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Hope

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?”. Those are words by C.S. Lewis, yet they resonate deeply within my soul. Thinking about this is hilarious because we often fail to see the strides, we make daily, rather we focus on the long-term goal that we…

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#dontlockdowyourdreams

A few weeks ago our PRM, Enkromelle Andrew launched the #dontlockdownyourdreams  campaign.  I am certainly not locking down my dreams or goals at all, in fact goals that are secondary and unfortunately get pushed to the back,  have surprising become a lot easier to meet in the last six weeks for me. I encourage you too to look at goals…

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The World Needs Me…

The COVID 19 amongst many other lessons, has shown us how interconnected we are. If we ever needed to see it, to believe it, we have now. We are all globally connected to each other and Its up to us, if we create globally vibrating connections of negative or positive energy, but what is apparent…

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Give Feedback That Feeds Not Deprives

For many, the most valuable aspect of Toastmasters is the feedback they give and receive. We support each other through feedback that encourage others to continue practising and learning. Members who receive thoughtful feedback feel heard and become motivated to improve.  I have in most instances sat in the most cringe-worthy feedback sessions where an…

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Stay Safe & Sane Tips

The African economy is a huge dichotomy, on one hand, a group of professionals, many of whom will be working still, at home, in essential services, those who have savings & will cope. On the other hand, a large number of impoverished people have no idea where the next meal is coming from.  If you…

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Toastmasters Teamwork is Tops

Kloof Toastmasters Business Club celebrated winning Top Club at the July Conference in 2019. The Club chartered in November 2015 and was the first Breakfast Toastmasters Club in KZN. Five members are still with the Club after 5 years, Harry Thompson DTM, Bruce Page DTM and Joanne Schmitt DTM were members from Highway Club who…

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Why did you Join Toastmasters?

It has been ten beautiful years with the Toastmasters family. Thequestion which prominent is “why did you join the Toastmasters?”unfortunately the answer was never addressed because if it was… I shouldbe married by now. I was looking for a prospect. So the question that Ican answer is why did I stay or still am a…

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Agile leadership through changing times

Many countries are on lockdown, have some restrictions imposed on them and life as we know it has come to a complete standstill. Toastmasters meetings and contests have now moved online, and our annual conference has been cancelled. As a President and an Area Director, I witness everyday the plight of many Toastmasters during this…

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Distinguished Online meetings

For years I have been having business meetings online, we’ve been making jokes about people who forget to put the mute button on & attend calls in bed in their pyjamas for years.  This video circulated more than 6 years ago, so conference/video calls & online/virtual meetings aren’t new, but many of us have had to increase our…

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