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Member Moment – Catapulted Career

I was first introduced to the concept of “The Law of Attraction” in my early college days. Simply put, the Law of Attraction is a principle that states that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. It teaches us that if we focus on a particular thing, to as much as…

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Editors Note – AHA Moments

Club officer training is done and dusted. It is always an opportunity to learn something new. Sometimes you have been hearing something for a while now and it only takes a different voice to have an aha moment. I love reading and sometimes I find myself reading three or four different books to satisfy different…

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District Director – Have you paid?

Do you remember having to write that famous essay on “My Holiday“? Did you ever struggle to pen a story about that one holiday? Well, not me as I always visited my grandparents for the holidays. My grandparents live in a township called Chitungwiza, about 30km south of Harare in Zimbabwe. Holidays there were the…

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Editors Note

February is the month of love,and today its Valentines day! Whether you believe in it or not, you have been experiencing all the excitement or noise surrounding this day depending on how you feel about it. Everyday is Valentines day for me. This brings me to themed meetings. Our club attracted thirteen guests as a…

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Our conference speaker – Dr. Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe

Dr. Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe is an early career academic making waves in the academic sphere. The exuberant native of Zimbabwe who grew up in Botswana, was home-schooled by her mother from the age of 2 and began her preparatory class “standard zero” at the age of 4, in 1998 at Phakalane English Medium Primary School,…

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Terms & Conditions Apply!

Have you found yourself in a position were you don’t receive the service you expected due to obscure Terms & Conditions? I have, a few times just with my Internet Service Providers. In Toastmasters we also have Terms & Conditions and more often than you may think, these affect your member experience. If you signed…

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Leadership Opportunities – My life puzzle…..

I often wonder where I would be if it wasn’t for Toastmasters and I always come out blank. This organisation found me and gave life to my life. I lived my childhood in a conservative Setswana (from Botswana) home and as such we were conditioned to blend in, be quiet and never stand out at…

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Aletta is part of #PeopleMakingHistory

Where were you on Friday the 18th of January when I saw the update on our Toastmasters International website? One of our own inspirational leaders whose impact has multiplied across the 9 countries of our District and all around the Region of Africa, Middle East and Europe was declared by the International Leadership Committee as…

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Member Moment – Ticking the missing box

Outgoing! Bubbly! Talkative! Opinionated! These are all the boxes that l ticked and still it was not enough. Now one might think, hmmmm…… why would an outgoing and talkative (usually loud) person have any problems in asserting and articulating themselves especially when it comes to getting their point across? Well, this was something l battled…

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Presentations – Lets talk contests and rules.

Contest Season is well underway! Many clubs have already held speech contests and Areas, Divisions and the District contests are being planned. Often questions are received requesting clarification of the rules. I am addressing the most common questions as well as highlighting rules that have changed in the Speech Contest Rule Book July 2018 to…

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Leaving A Legacy

What was the state of your club when you took over as Vice President Membership: • A club at charter strength of 20 members? • A club below charter strength but above 13? • A club with less than 13 members? The question you should be asking yourself is what legacy will you be leaving…

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Reconnect with Members

Compliments of the season. A new year, is a good time to reflect on the previous year and re-evaluate your goals. What goals would you like to achieve on 30 June 2019, when the current Toastmasters year ends? The members of your club, are probably doing the same-reflecting and evaluating their goals. For this month,…

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