MEMBERS NEWS - ARTICLES

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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Editor’s note – The reason you should bother yourself

I was feeling miserable and asking myself over and over again… ‘Why am I bothering myself? I should just give up seriously”. I was on my way to a Toastmasters meeting. It seemed i was the only one attending and i had no agenda. It dawned on me that today was the 4th anniversary of…

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Member Moments – Hello Table Topics

I was a Toastmaster in high school and resolved to continue through college and adult life. Life happened and my former resolution did not. An event more than 7 years later made me join Toastmasters again. Most of us are familiar with the backstage of most performance theatres. There is a maze of passages and…

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Did you know ? – Youth Leadership Programme

Did you know that Toastmasters has a Youth Leadership Programme that helps the young ones build their communication  and leadership skills. Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program (YLP ), is in my opinion a fundamental program to get involved in for any club. There are several reasons I strongly believe a club should become involved in the…

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Club Experiences – Club Quality, Bring it On!

“Bring It On” and achieve your club goals! Fellow Toastmasters!It is that time of the year again when we renew our International subscriptions by  30th September 2018, and your opportunity to achieve half a point of Goal 10 of our Distinguished Club Program (DCP). If your subscriptions reach Toastmasters International before 1st October 2018 you…

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Presentation Corner – Much Ado About Nothing

The cliche, without further ado, or worse, adieu, gets used more & more by both young & old and experienced & non-experienced Toastmasters. This and other cliches really do detract from what you are saying & your message, I found a piece about the use of cliches that I wanted to share with you all…

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