MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

VP Education- Set Smart Goals

Now is the time for you to understand each of your member’s plans and goals for the year, if you haven’t already done so.  As a VPE it’s your role to help each of your members achieve their educational goals. If we don’t understand the goals of each member it is difficult to plan the…

Read More

Focus-Club Presidents

One of the most common regrets I have heard from leaders in Toastmasters year after year is “I wish I had started executing sooner.” I remember in August of my year as President, I felt I was lagging behind on some of the focus areas I shared in my first letter to you. I made the dreadful decision…

Read More

Bleeps and Blunders

My club has a rich culture of allowing the club committee to organize our speech contest as a club committee team project. We did this every year, twice a year. The year that I was president of my club I had a fairly inexperienced committee. Contest season was fast approaching and the committee had their…

Read More

From our District Director – Our Commitment to you

One day, in my first few weeks as a Toastmaster I had been struggling with the commitment of my fellow members in my club. I approached my Club President at the time Priscilla Chinhengo, DTM and I asked her “What reference(s) in Toastmasters could we use to solve our commitment problems.” Without much thought and…

Read More

Leadership Opportunities – Learning by doing

The tagline is “Where leaders are made”. It is surely not as simple as “just add water”, nor is it a complex recipe of rare-earth minerals combined at high pressures and volcanic temperatures. But there is a method, and it is fool-proof (just look at me!). Some people may be born with innate tendencies that…

Read More