MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

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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SET AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL AND GET MAD ABOUT IT

These days everybody is crazy about goals and a lot of them are temporary look good social media goals. A goal is an object of a person’s ambition or efforts, when a person achieves a goal it brings a lot of self-fulfillment. But what if the goal is impossible, or the dream is too big…

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9th May 2020 – a Toastmasters Day

The 9th May 2020 is going to go down in history as the Southern African Toastmasters take #onestepforward and once again show that we are #peoplemakinghistory. For the very first time ever we will host, DISTRICT 74 COUNCIL meeting online, and then the DISTRICT 74 INTERNATIONAL PREPARED SPEAKING CONTEST online.   The hosting of the Council…

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Achieving greatness through the Power Mentorship

There is an African Proverb that says “If you want to go fast walk alone, if you want to go far walk together”. However   I say to you “if you want to go fast and far, walk with a mentor. Never walk alone.” When I joined Toastmasters in June 2013, I was on a supersonic…

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Changing Times Change You, Be the victor not the victim.

To be honest, change is a really uncomfortable experience, especially if you have just gotten used to a routine that works for you. During a period of change, it’s not only the bad things that have a chance to fall away, such as unhealthy habits or toxic relationships, but my fear has been that in…

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Is your club meeting your needs?

Is your Club meeting your needs? When you joined Toastmasters you joined for a reason, you had a goal in mind. How close are you to achieving your goals? With most clubs moving to an on-line meeting platform you have more opportunities now to achieve those goals. You are able to join club meetings all…

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