MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

TLI for what?

Did you know that Toastmasters envisioned future is to “to be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.” In order to achieve that, we need solid structures that will ensure that at each level, members and clubs have adequate support and resources to take them forward. TLI is for that!…

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District Director – Being Distinguished

What does being distinguished mean to you? We live in a world where we are constantly seeking the fullest expression of self. To make this possible we need to constantly find ways to distinguish our current self and that is the reason why I am a member of Toastmasters. The word Distinguished became a frequent…

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Club Experience – On Becoming Distinguished

I’ve had the honour of attending several Club Meetings at Soweto Positive Speakers and can’t quite put my finger on what it is that really gives them that ‘je ne sais quoi’ but they have it. Ask anyone who has visited this group of lively and energetic Toastmasters – the energy and overall atmosphere is…

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In Honour of O.U.R. Con Convener – Makgahlela Talana

Do you have any idea what it takes to organize a Toastmasters conference? It is probably the busiest, most stressful assignment I personally have EVER been involved in.  Makgahlela Talane is a new member of Toastmasters, but she has an incredible work ethic, passion & energy.  Her team members loved her; Richard Francis said “Having…

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District Director – Happiness

I have been in a position of privilege over the last few years in Toastmasters. In that time, I have been privileged to meet many #ProudToastmasters from across our district. Of all the privileges I have enjoyed, there is none so far that compares to witnessing Toastmasters from different corners of our district that I…

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Leadership Opportunities – Raise your hand up

When I joined Toastmasters I wanted to improve my speaking skills. That is what Prof Mufunani Khosa sold to us in our Graduate Trainee Business Communications class those many years ago. When I attended the next meeting and subsequently joined, it lived up to its billing, it was an organisation to improve speaking skills. With…

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Club Experience – Speechcraft as a fundraiser

I recently had the privilege of attending OURCon and left feeling inspired and rejuvenated about the value of the Toastmasters programme! What a pity that every member of District 74 was not present. This spurred me on to share a long awaited article about the value and benefits of clubs delivering Speechcraft courses as a…

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Mentorship – My experience with mentorship

When I joined Algoa I was assigned a mentor and her assistance went well with my first few speeches. However, mid-way through my CC, my mentor left the club and I was on my own. Although I completed my CC – I soon realised that a mentor was essential to assist with my weaker areas.…

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District Director – Help shape the future of District 74

13 in 15 members I meet chose to share with me how Toastmasters has changed their life and the people around them or ask me questions about certain policies and procedures that they need clarification on. You could have been one of them. Some I manage to resolve but, some remain as unfinished business. I…

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OURCon- Make a date!

OURCon is less than a fortnight away We’re less than a fortnight away from #OURCon and making history TWOgether as #PeopleMakingHistory. This promises to be another conference that leaves you with memories created through OURExperience. Are you hyped up and ready to experience a magical 3.5 days of Toastmasters magic? Have you registered and made…

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Did you know about the District Council Meeting?

Did you know that you can directly influence who gets into the District 74 leadership and the direction of Southern Africa Toastmasters? As the member, you are a shareholder and you are the most important person in our organisation.Please join us for the District Council Meeting on Saturday, 18 May 2019, 09:25 at Thaba Eco…

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Presentation Skills – OURContestants

Over the last weekend in April, I had the pleasure of attending the DIVISION Z finals at REPS Theatre in Harare, Zimbabwe. The event was attended by 100s of members and non-members from across Zimbabwe and Zambia & over “seas” It was an absolutely fantastic experience, hosted in a 60 year old theatre, with fantastic…

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