MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

Leap in Leadership-VPPRs

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”- Isaac Newton. Have you ever stopped to consider why great leaders are able to leave any form of cocoon? Toastmasters is one place with many giants offering their shoulders for others to stand on, and stay there as long as they…

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Don’t Wait, Start-VPEs

At this time of the year – when there is so much to do, I’ve found that it’s best to break things into bite-size chunks & focus on what’s important first. I nearly always manage to get everything I set out to complete, done. I would encourage you all to do this too & encourage…

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Mop Up Month-VPMs

Welcome to what I like to call “Mop up” month! Why do I say that? Your club has submitted their semi-annual dues for all the members that renewed before the deadline of September 30th but what about those that didn’t renew? Now is the time to mop up and improve your membership retention. If you…

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District Director – Join us at the main table

This past week I was reminded why I have enjoyed being a part of this organisation. I experienced again an incredible sense of community that spans beyond borders and demographics. I would like to invite you to reflect on what it is that you are getting from Toastmasters and what you would like to get…

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Presentation Tips – Nail that presentation!

NAIL THAT PRESENTATION Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you nailed a presentation. That sense of accomplishment when colleagues and managers congratulate you on how well you did. For some this is something that they want to achieve. I’m going to share just three tips that will help you with your presentation skills. • Dress…

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Mentor Moments – Formal and Informal Mentorship

I joined Toastmasters International in May 2014. I really joined it to give it a try. It was after hearing David Preece talking about it at our Group IT Transformation Committee at Standard Bank. I did not know what to expect and had no wild imaginations. I attended my first meeting as a guest in…

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Did you know that Evelyn was born 24 October 1924

Did you know that what was unique about Toastmaster Evelyn’s life was that she was born in Lesotho the same year as the one in which Toastmasters International was founded – 24th October 1924. How wonderful!! Toastmaster Evelyn Lebona was affectionately known in the Toastmasters’ fraternity as “Magogo”. This fact made realize why she remained…

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Editors Post – Work in progress.

A few weeks ago I accompanied my eight year old niece to a party and one parent asked me where I work. My niece decided to answer on my behalf “She works for Toastmasters” I was quite taken aback and I asked her “What makes you think I work for Toastmasters?” Her response “You are…

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Leadership Opportunities – Lessons in conflict

Lessons in conflict In my interaction with the practice of Mindfulness, I have learnt that human beings tend to stick with that which is pleasant, ignore that which is neutral and turn away from that which is unpleasant. I have noticed this wisdom in relation to the leadership challenge of conflict. In my year as…

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Member Moments – My name is Aristotle

My name is Aristotle. I never knew about Toastmasters International until a friend invited me. I kept on politely declining his offer. He was persistent. I finally attended my first Toastmasters Club meeting in November of 2017. I did not attend because I wanted to. I attended because I had run out of excuses. It…

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District Director – Conversations

Several weeks ago, I had an interesting meeting with an influential business man in Zimbabwe. I met him at a hotel in Johannesburg while we were both waiting for someone. It’s not unusual that I have random conversations with strangers but, I usually have to initiate them. In this case it was the other way…

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Leadership opportunities – Who is knocking at the door?

Who is knocking at the door! I joined Toastmasters to improve on my communication skills, but then I heard a knock at the door! My fellow Toastie asked me if I would be interested in becoming Sergeant at Arms, as I showed potential in organising and time management. Who? Me! So, with a little nudge,…

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