MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

Mentoring – Finding yourself through mentorship.

Not too long ago, in January 2018, I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills, because as a new teacher I would deliver the lesson and half of the learners would pay attention and the other half not. This brought me to Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills. My first ice breaker was delivered two…

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Member Moment – That Thing Helps!

I would blame myself if I forgot two questions: “the why” and “from whom” I joined Toastmasters (TM). Both questions are answered by the following short story: I always admired the English-speaking skills a friend (called Lisandro) used to display. In order to improve my professional experience under a global world, I invited Lisandro to…

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District Director – Reflections

You are on the brink of success, be it personally or your club/ area/ division. How much fun have you had in the process? I recently attended a contest where the Table Topics question was “What advice would you give your 10 year old self?” In the 1 minute of reflection, as one Contest Chairman…

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Presentation Tips – Speech Contest Experience

Two years ago I walked into my first Toastmasters meeting. It was in a classroom full of strangers that seemed to like each other, nothing interesting, nothing new, where was the magic. A gentleman stood up and with what looked like that thing the judges use on tv, he banged on the table twice. And…

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Did you know about Club Coaching?

Is Club Coaching and Rescue the Toughest Leadership Challenge in Toastmasters? For the past 36 years as a Toastmaster and being involved in every sector of the organisation I have maintained that the two toughest jobs in Toastmasters is – 1st being the VPE and 2nd being the Sergeant at Arms. I am starting to…

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Leadership Opportunities – Seize the moment!

I was told that when I was in grade 1, I took over the class. Whilst the teacher was out I decided to take the chalk and I started teaching my classmates. I bet I thought if there is no one on stage I might as well do It! Funny story! Of course my teacher…

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District Director – Welcome to Toastmasters

In his book, “Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To Do”, Ferdinand Fournies very clearly sets out the hidden reasons for non-performance. Applying these same principles to Toastmasters, I find all of the 16 reasons relevant to what we do in Toastmasters. Last week, I had the privilege of orienting 2 of the new…

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Member Moment- My Journey

I was invited for my first Toastmasters meeting (Executive Club, Harare Zimbabwe) sometime in 2006. I was not employed having been affected by a retrenchment exercise at my previous employer. I showed up at my first meeting in casual wear and everyone was formally dressed. I felt out of place but this quickly faded as…

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Leadership opportunity – Reviving a dying club

How we managed to revive our club Taking ownership Whenever you walk into a situation that is not of your own creation, you have two choices. Start blaming someone or taken ownership of the situation and do something about it. The former is easy to do because it absolves you of responsibility, of the need…

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Club Experience – Who is to blame?

Has your club lost its spark and sparkle? Are the meetings boring or sometimes not even happening? Is your experience not meeting your expectations? Are you not getting value for money? Are you already playing the blame game? Blame the Executive Committee- they don’t really organize meetings or schedule speeches or anything. Blame the members…

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Did you know that the WPSC starts at club level?

The World Champions of Public Speaking Finals is held at the Toastmasters Convention in August every year. It starts at club level in more than 15900 clubs in 142 countries in the world. What a privilege for us at Eagles to get our members to experience a memorable contest. As John Bercow said that, “History…

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A Special Message – Get in the game

Get in the Game – Be a club where people make history I don’t know about you, but I work hard to earn my money and my time is precious to me. If I pay someone money, I expect excellent customer service. I want to know that my time and money have been well spent.…

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