Achieving Excellence Posts

The CFR League is REAL

There have been requests to access the CFR Dashboard. This is because members of District 74 are excited about CFR Leagues and would love to know how they are doing in comparison to others. It is unfortunate that access to the CFR Dashboard has been revoked to protect members’ information. The initial solution to protecting…

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Why I renew my Toastmasters membership – Ntsebeng Rakauoane

I joined Toastmasters in October 2019. At first I thought it was only about advancing English speaking, but I soon realised that there’s more to it than just being a communication skills organisation. As a 20 year old, I feel motivated and confident to know I’m now experienced enough to evaluate a speech and that I…

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New Member Moment – Cathrine Nyirenda

Lilongwe Toastmasters Club, one of the Toastmasters clubs in Malawi, on Friday, 11 September 2020 organized a special session for new members to present their Ice Breakers. One of the Toastmasters who presented their ice breakers, Catherine Nyirenda was ecstatic about her maiden speech, saying it marked the beginning of her Toastmasters journey.“This moment marks…

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New Member Moment – Hélia Chaque

I am Hélia Chaque, an external auditor and a member of the Maputo Toastmasters Club in Mozambique. I joined Toastmasters to become the best version of myself. I want to work on improving my communication skills so that I can articulate my entrepreneurial ideas clearly. Besides being interested in growing professionally as an external auditor,…

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Mentor/Mentee – Nikki Quinn and Yanga Trillionaire

“I appreciate Nikki’s help and support and our weekly sessions.  She encourages me and helps me prepare better. Nikki also helped me to be generous and forgiving since I can be hard on myself and others. She also gives practical advice and shares her skills. She shows great integrity because what Nikki says, she does.”…

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Mentor/Mentee – Lloyd Mugabe and Siphosenkosi J. Kadzutu

Like a young child, the thought of getting to the other side of the road to buy an ice cream is very exciting but it is almost impossible for them to cross the busy road without an adult holding their hand. I liken this to the mentorship program that we have in Toastmasters. My name…

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Social Event – One year closer to The Future

I would like to propose a toast to L’Avenir Toastmasters. 28 September 2019 remains close to my heart – the day you were chartered.  You were named L’Avenir, meaning The Future in French, because I believed that you would do just that – open doors and unlock opportunities for many in the future. The first…

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Social Event – Paris in Gaborone

Despite the inability to travel to Paris to attend the Toastmasters International Convention as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaborone Toastmasters Club, Botswana, brought Paris to Gaborone through an evening of French speeches entitled ‘A Night in Paris’. The French Embassy in Botswana and Alliance Francaise participated in the special event. The ‘Night in Paris’…

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Social Event – Mbabane Toastmasters celebrate 25 years

As Mbabane Toastmasters Club, we recently celebrated 25 years of developing members’ communication and leadership skills. As the meetings continuously evolve, we have stayed true to the purpose of bringing together motivated lifelong learners. The club successfully hosted an inaugural virtual Speakathon that drew over 40 attendees from across the globe. This was a testament…

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Social Event – Egoli Golden City Club’s Humorous Contest

On the 8th of September, 2020, the members of Egoli Golden City Toastmasters were making themselves ready for their first ever virtual Humorous Contest. This was a daring feat for the club. However the evening was a success, with a large number of members in attendance to view the humorous display of speeches right from the…

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Social Event – President Club is 48!

On the 17th of September, 2020, President Club had an online 48th birthday celebration. The club didn’t allow the lockdown regulations to stop them from celebrating this milestone. While we kept to the regular Toastmasters’ event program, there was high energy music played in-between program segments, with two Co-Toastmasters asking interesting factual questions about President…

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October TLI Calendar

DATE TIME TITLE CONTACT DETAILS Fri 02 18:00-20:00 Casting Vision through storytelling: Presentation swakoptm@gmail.com Sat 03 09:30-11:00 Division I Saturday Training Series domingos.mnovela@gmail.com Mon 05 18:00-20:00 Mentoring Without Borders Launch Event andrewtsuro@gmail.com Tue 06 18:00-19:00 MOT Masterclass tli@toastmasters74.org Wed 07 18:00-19:00 CGD Masterclass 3 marketing@toastmasters74.org Sat 10 09:00-11:00 Contest Judging Workshop anke.stow@gmail.com Sat 10 17:00-19:00…

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District Director’s Note

When I joined Toastmasters, almost 30 years ago, I really believed that Toastmasters had nothing to teach me. So why did I join, you may ask? I joined because having achieved full colours at school for both Oratory and Debate I missed being on stage and the applause! In Toastmasters I found an organization that…

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Note from the Editor

Twice a year, Toastmasters International undertakes the task of requalifying its members. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, membership value is not determined by Toastmasters International, but by us, the members. The reason I renew my investment in Toastmasters is the rich and supportive community that I enjoy. There is a…

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It’s Renewal Time

Have you reinvested in yourself yet, it’s almost time up……! The clock is ticking; we are just a couple of days away from the renewal deadline. We are indeed living in unusual times where we have to streamline our expenditure and focus on those critical areas. As we streamline, let us not forget to reinvest…

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The Toastmasters Indaba2 2020 with Bhekisisa Ngomane

On the 12th of September 2020, about 150 Toastmasters from Southern Africa and other regions gathered in a Zoom meeting to evaluate their return on investment, in the Toastmasters Indaba2 event. The Toastmasters Indaba is a safe platform where members of Toastmasters gather to have frank conversations about matters or questions which are never discussed…

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Pathways Adoption

We join Toastmasters for varied reasons. One of the common reasons is to become more confident with speaking in public. While our idea of ‘public’ has been reduced to blocks of people on our laptop and phone screens, there are now more opportunities than ever to practise speaking in front of the world. Pathways enhances…

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Why I renew my Toastmasters membership – Dalitso Banda

My name is Dalitso Banda from Madison Toastmasters Club in Lusaka, Zambia and I am currently on my first Pathways Level 3. Toastmasters is an amazing organization that is helping so many people to grow, but grow in what way? It has helped me to improve on how I share my points as I communicate.…

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Why I renew my Toasmasters membership – Robert Salijeni

Apart from learning communication and leadership skills, Toastmasters International, through my club, Eloquent Speakers from Blantyre, Malawi, has made me meet people from all over the world. These are no ordinary people, mind you. I can happily attest to what Les Brown said, ‘You need to associate with OQP (only quality people) to grow.’ These…

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