MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

“Bring it on!” – From the District Director

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity of sitting in a Toastmasters networking lunch after Club Officer Training. A very enthusiastic Club Treasurer decided to use this opulent opportunity to warn members at the table that they would be receiving their invoice for semi-annual dues in the week. One member shouted, “Bring it on, Toastmasters…

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Getting comfortable with being Uncomfortable

It’s funny how we stereotype ourselves and others. I tell people that I am loner…in my world that means I am a boring person. I love people, I enjoy being around others and I believe I am sociable. How does that translate to being a loner. Anyway what I am trying to say is I…

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Did you know that HPL is a project management tool?

Did you Know? Toastmasters Teaches the Fundamentals of Project Management Toastmasters is known primarily by members of the public as an organisation focused solely on public speaking. We would all do well to remember the official slogan of Toastmasters: “Where Leaders Are Made.” The High Performance Leadership manual is an example of how people learn…

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Member Moments – Simple Steps

It is indeed true that it takes just a simple step to change your whole life. Exactly a year ago, I took that step and joined Gaborone Toastmasters. Being one of the most ‘soft spoken’ person(in the entire world, I would like to believe!), my voice often disappeared in conversations, and I set out to…

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Mentor Moments – Mentors have great answers!

Coaches ask great Questions, Mentors have great answers. The difference between coaching and mentoring, is summed up in the statement: “Coaches ask great questions, mentors have great answers”. Coaches understand that the person they are coaching already knows the answers they are seeking even though they don’t know they know the answer. To tease that…

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Bleeps and Blunders – “Hypnotic stitches”

I love Toastmasters. One of the major reasons is that I always learn new things about myself. Some of the hidden talents that were long buried in me, just always seem to emerge everytime I deliver a speech. I have seen my confidence rise behind my voice and make me comfortable enough to address any…

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Leadership Opportunities – Even shy members can take up roles!

I strongly believe with all that is in me that without Toastmasters International I would be a very depressed individual with no direction in life. My first encounter with the organisation was in November 2014. I honoured an invite to the Gaborone Toastmasters club by some friends and when I got there something weird happened.…

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Presentations Corner – Condense it down to 5 tips please!

Try this experiment: Imagine a new speaker asked you for the most important things you’ve ever learned about public speaking over the past twenty years. ‘But boil it down to 5 things only, please,’ he adds. ‘Otherwise I’ll just get overwhelmed.’ I’ve been a Toastmaster for just shy of two decades, and a full-time professional…

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Let’s talk of Treasurer’s Excellence

It is that time for us to ensure our members renew their commitment to Toastmasters International financially. It is time for our members pay to play! As Club Treasurer, this August, your focus should ideally be in communicating with members the need to renew their dues on time. You play a pivotal part in ensuring…

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Do you know what the Smedley Award is?

When I was tasked to write this article, I thought, yes! I am going be a famous writer for #PeopleMakingHistory as VPPRs! Then it sunk in and I was asking myself, “Do you know what a Smedley Award is?” My next and most natural reaction was, let us see what my friend google says. What…

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Know Your Members-VPM

  What does the human race like most?  I dare say that next to health and happiness comes love, TLC and recognition. We lose hundreds of Toastmasters every year and some of the main reasons are that they feel neglected, no personal Interest, not fulfilling their needs, not being appreciated, and this list is not…

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Cast Your Club Vote

As a Secretary, you can make your club’s voice be heard by the Board of Toastmasters International Directors. Please ensure that you assign your club’s proxy by 15 August. Your club has important votes to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention. Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors…

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