MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

Club Officer Training-CoT

Do you want to be successful in achieving your goals? Are your club members achieving their goals? Join Tens of Thousands of Club Officers & Members around the globe attending Club Officer Training during December, January & February. The second round of Club Officer Training kicks off on the 1st December in Gauteng and will…

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Elections Already? IPPs

It is a good time to start talking to members about the benefits of leadership roles in the club executive committee. Even though most clubs will only hold the annual general meeting and the election of the new committee in May (which seems a lifetime away), there is no harm in getting the ball rolling.…

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Excellence is a Habit

The end of a calendar year is a great time to reflect and plan for the year ahead. At Toastmasters, we are fortunate that the end of the calendar year, marks the half-way mark of the Toastmasters year. The current Toastmasters year started on 1 July 2018 and will end on June 30 2019. As…

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A Sergeant at Arms and so much more

You are never just the Sergeant at Arms, you are the Sergeant Major of the Toastmasters meeting. When you are the SAA for your local club, you may not be fully aware of the power that you yield. When we start getting towards COT events and the annual Toastmasters conference to be held during the…

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A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

In June 2015, 2 weeks before my term as Charter President of Metropolitan came to an end, I remember so vividly realising how we were not Distinguished and yet our goal was to be President’s Distinguished by the end of that month. I had the longest 2 weeks of my life. I frantically tried to…

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Each One Bring One

Dear Vice President of Public Relations, have you ever had a fortunate coincidence? For a long time, Frank nagged me to join him. I was hell bent convinced I was a great speaker already. I even remember sending my friends to attend this Toastmasters thing, after all, they needed it more…or so I thought! Had…

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District Director – Frank Tsuro DTM

As we are fast approaching the festive holidays I have started seeing people shopping for gifts for their loved ones. While for some this is an enjoyable event, for some of us it can be stressful finding the right gift in the congested of malls. This holiday, I would like to challenge you to consider…

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Presentation Skills – Presenting to “Big Guns”

Audiences that strike fear inside One of the most frequent fears expressed by presenters is that of presenting to senior managers or executives or any of the so called “big guns”. The question is: Why does positional status seem to add to presentation stress? What makes seniority and status a cause for added anxiety and…

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Leadership Opportunities – Spontaneous Leadership

After visiting my current club and other clubs in the Midrand Johannesburg area several times, I finally joined the Midrand Groundbreakers in June 2018. I say without a shadow of doubt that it was the biggest and most amazing thing I have done for myself in 2018! I was thrown into the deep end by…

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Member Moments – Three Vital Skills

‘Only the one who wanders finds new paths’ – Norwegian proverb.   True to the Norwegian proverb above, there are three things that I have learnt and gained in Toastmasters. These three things are patience, listening and learning.   Firstly, every time I am dealing with my fellow Toastmasters, I have discovered that we tend…

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Did you know about HPL leadership lessons?

If from my High Performance Leadership (HPL) I learnt only two lessons about service and servant leadership, I wouldn’t ask for more. What the project was about. Challenged by Toastmasters to carry out a HPL project as a requirement for achieving an Advanced Leadership Silver Award, I set about to identify a project and recruit…

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Editors Post- Power of Completion

According to the universal calendar November is the penultimate month of the year. December is full of festivities. You are looking forward to a restful holiday in December; it’s been a good year. Maybe you can’t wait for the year to end, it was a tough year. Exams will be over and it will be…

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