Archive for Sep 2020

District Director’s Note

When I joined Toastmasters, almost 30 years ago, I really believed that Toastmasters had nothing to teach me. So why did I join, you may ask? I joined because having achieved full colours at school for both Oratory and Debate I missed being on stage and the applause! In Toastmasters I found an organization that…

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Note from the Editor

Twice a year, Toastmasters International undertakes the task of requalifying its members. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, membership value is not determined by Toastmasters International, but by us, the members. The reason I renew my investment in Toastmasters is the rich and supportive community that I enjoy. There is a…

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It’s Renewal Time

Have you reinvested in yourself yet, it’s almost time up……! The clock is ticking; we are just a couple of days away from the renewal deadline. We are indeed living in unusual times where we have to streamline our expenditure and focus on those critical areas. As we streamline, let us not forget to reinvest…

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The Toastmasters Indaba2 2020 with Bhekisisa Ngomane

On the 12th of September 2020, about 150 Toastmasters from Southern Africa and other regions gathered in a Zoom meeting to evaluate their return on investment, in the Toastmasters Indaba2 event. The Toastmasters Indaba is a safe platform where members of Toastmasters gather to have frank conversations about matters or questions which are never discussed…

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Pathways Adoption

We join Toastmasters for varied reasons. One of the common reasons is to become more confident with speaking in public. While our idea of ‘public’ has been reduced to blocks of people on our laptop and phone screens, there are now more opportunities than ever to practise speaking in front of the world. Pathways enhances…

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Why I renew my Toastmasters membership – Dalitso Banda

My name is Dalitso Banda from Madison Toastmasters Club in Lusaka, Zambia and I am currently on my first Pathways Level 3. Toastmasters is an amazing organization that is helping so many people to grow, but grow in what way? It has helped me to improve on how I share my points as I communicate.…

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Why I renew my Toasmasters membership – Robert Salijeni

Apart from learning communication and leadership skills, Toastmasters International, through my club, Eloquent Speakers from Blantyre, Malawi, has made me meet people from all over the world. These are no ordinary people, mind you. I can happily attest to what Les Brown said, ‘You need to associate with OQP (only quality people) to grow.’ These…

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New Member Moment – Josephine Ngulube

Toastmasters is a way of life and I don’t think one can join and leave the same way they came. My experience so far has been life changing. Ever since I joined Toastmasters in Lusaka, Zambia, I have been challenging myself in other aspects of my life. The positive environment that one gets to experience…

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New Member Moment – Thabo J. Mthethwa

Have you ever been too shy to express yourself in front of people so much so that your heart beats so fast you even struggle to breathe? Yes, that was me before I joined Gaborone Toastmasters Club in Botswana. The thought of me giving a presentation at work or pitching a sales pitch was nerve…

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New Member Moment – Lizete Mangueleze

I am a Personal Brand Strategist Consultant. I  joined Maputo Toastmaster Club in Mozambique to improve my speaking skills in English. I want to be articulate in speaking English especially with regards to presenting pitches. Here are more articles on this topic: New Member Moment – Josephine Ngulube New Member Moment – Thabo J. Mthethwa…

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Mentor/Mentee – Mumba Ngoma and Jahon Mayeya

When I presented my ice breaker speech, I was very nervous but I was encouraged by the comments that followed. I then signed up for the second speech which I delivered with very evident nerves, after which I convinced myself that I would not renew my membership. Before club renewal, my boss advised me that…

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Mentor/Mentee – Liza Zindoga and Dorothy Chanakira

“In service we become distinguished” – DTM Dorothy Chanakira She truly believes in and lives up to this statement. Always eager and willing to serve, she made me feel like I had arrived home when I joined Evolving Ladies Toastmasters Club of Harare, Zimbabwe, in June 2019. I had been searching for a club where…

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Emissary – Tebogo Majokana

On the 3rd of September 2020, I visited the West Rand Toastmasters Club, which held its first face-to-face meeting since the beginning of the National Lockdown. The meeting was fun-filled and energetic. I was particularly impressed by the strict adherence to social distancing protocols and the use of all necessary protective materials. The guests present…

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TLI Calendar 15-30 September, 2020

Date Time Event Contact Tues 15 18:00-19:00 Open House Masterclass tli@toastmasters74.org Sat 19 18:00-20:00 PR  for Success Masterclass 3 pr@toastmasters74.org Sat 19 09:30-11:00 Division I Saturday Training Series domingos.novela@gmail.com Tues 22 18:00-19:00 Club CEO Masterclass tli@toastmasters74.org Wed 23 17:30-18:30 Real Life Toastmasters Skills anke.stow@gmail.com Thurs 24 19:00-19:45 Setting smartest goals for any EXCO: Training swakoptm@gmail.com…

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Social Event – Division L Membership Drive

Division L hosted a Toastmasters Showcase event on Saturday, 5 September 2020 as part of our membership drive hosted online via Zoom. We had a great line up of speakers that included our very own Division L Speech Contest 2020 Champion, Motshidisi Ratsoenen, trainer and motivational speaker Rainchild and honourable members of the District. They shared…

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Social Event – A toast to 1 000 more meetings

At Forum Toastmasters club we recently celebrated our 1000th meeting, a stupendous accomplishment in any context. The club was chartered back in 1976, by 20 founder members at the German club in Pretoria. The meeting was well attended by current and former club members from all over the world, including past presidents from Botswana, Namibia, Germany and Austria. Guests…

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Social Event – Vital Communicators celebrate 32 years

At Vital Communicators Toastmasters, we celebrated our 32nd birthday, this year, since the Club Chartered on 1 July 1988. 2020 marked the first time we have ever celebrated our birthday online via Zoom. This year has been full of adjustments and much growth in terms of online meetings and the effective setting up, management and…

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District Director’s Note

Front Row Seats for Everyone!! Attending the Toastmasters’ International Convention is on many Toastmasters members bucket list. It was definitely on mine. The first time I attended an International Convention, I was like a child in a candy store. So much to do and see!! This year as the International Convention moved online, every member…

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Note from the Editor

Recently, the 2020 Virtual Convention, brought together all Toastmasters from the four corners of the world. I loved watching the World Championships of Public Speaking, visiting the marketplace virtual booths and networking. I am sure you, like me, spent many hours watching the event and clicking from booths to walls. And perhaps you, like me,…

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