District Director – Help shape the future of District 74

13 in 15 members I meet chose to share with me how Toastmasters has changed their life and the people around them or ask me questions about certain policies and procedures that they need clarification on. You could have been one of them. Some I manage to resolve but, some remain as unfinished business. I…

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OURCon- Make a date!

OURCon is less than a fortnight away We’re less than a fortnight away from #OURCon and making history TWOgether as #PeopleMakingHistory. This promises to be another conference that leaves you with memories created through OURExperience. Are you hyped up and ready to experience a magical 3.5 days of Toastmasters magic? Have you registered and made…

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Did you know about the District Council Meeting?

Did you know that you can directly influence who gets into the District 74 leadership and the direction of Southern Africa Toastmasters? As the member, you are a shareholder and you are the most important person in our organisation.Please join us for the District Council Meeting on Saturday, 18 May 2019, 09:25 at Thaba Eco…

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Presentation Skills – OURContestants

Over the last weekend in April, I had the pleasure of attending the DIVISION Z finals at REPS Theatre in Harare, Zimbabwe. The event was attended by 100s of members and non-members from across Zimbabwe and Zambia & over “seas” It was an absolutely fantastic experience, hosted in a 60 year old theatre, with fantastic…

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Are you celebrating?

It started of as a dream, then it became an affirmation and now it is becoming REAL! Good day #PeopleMakingHistory, Did you know that you are part of one of the most successful leadership teams that our district has had? I am grateful to you for your service to our organisation. Because of you and…

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The next Toastmasters campaign

As the Vice President Membership for your club your team may want to start preparing for this campaign NOW. How did your club do in with the Talk Up Toastmasters Campaign? Whether your club added 5 new members during the campaign or just missed the goal, ask the following questions:- What did we do that…

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This is Levels!

Vice Presidents Education, congratulations to everyone of you, you have helped and supported our members in achieving their personal development goals….Do you know that: 1250 Educational Awards have been registered this Toastmasters year by over 700 members in 165 clubs  This is already 200 more  awards than last year & we have 2 months left …

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Leaving a legacy

As a club officer, would you like to #LeaveALegacy for the incoming team? Here are practical things you can do to achieve that: ·         Meet your club’s goals early and not aim for June 30 ·         Ensure each club officer finds a successor ·         Aim to have your club officer elections before May 31. ·         Do a proper handover…

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7 days to go! All roads lead to…?

We’re 7 days away from #OURCon and making history together as #PeopleMakingHistory. This promises to be another conference that leaves you with memories created through OUR Experience. Are you hyped up and ready to experience a magical 3.5 days of Toastmasters magic? Have you registered and made payment to secure your seat? Are you ready…

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Are you being counted?

Do you have people in your lives that just seem to always have tickets or free-pass to some exclusive and high-end events? When I was younger, my aunt was that person. For every notable event in the country, she had tickets to share. She was there. I envied her. Her work; and obviously the memories,…

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District Director: What’s your bottom line like?

At the last Entrepreneurs club meeting, I was asked to give a speech on how you can increase your income (revenue/salary) through Toastmasters. We had some interesting dialogue on your reasons for joining Toastmasters; The opportunities available in Toastmasters to fulfill your reason; ensuring you have the right kind of support to achieve your objective  and ultimately How to convert…

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Did you know about the District Council Meeting?

My home country, South Africa, is about to hold their general elections on the 8th of May 2019. This is something that happens every 4 years and a great deal of activity and excitement happens during the months leading up to the elections for a new government. Campaigning begins many months before and candidates and…

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Special Announcement – Congratulations President Distinguished Clubs!

Have you ever placed first in a race, trained hard for a sporting event, won a contest? It’s a brilliant feeling !!! Congratulations to every single one of the members of every single one of the 56 clubs that has achieved a personal goal. The clubs that are DISTINGUISHED are ensuring that they are meeting…

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Leadership Opportunities – I was made

I have been a Toastmaster now for close to 4 years and there is not a day that goes by where I don’t look at my life and thank the Toastmasters program for what I have. In those four years I’ve seen members join, members leave, and I have committed myself to share the knowledge…

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Presentation Tips – As real as it gets

3 Top No BS Tips before your contest. Need no BS advice? I got you. Being a contestant is nerve-wrecking and what’s worse is there is not much information out there to guide you through the Contest. Well, a lot of the advice you get is pure BS. Yes pure Bread and Sugar, and we…

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Mentor Moments – Behold a Champion

It all started on a cloudless, chilly July Monday morning. Tafadzwa, a fellow Toastmaster from a sister club called. We had both joined Toastmasters a year and a bit earlier and were both serving as Vice President Education in our respective clubs. He called to hand over a prospective member who had reached out to…

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Mentoring – Finding yourself through mentorship.

Not too long ago, in January 2018, I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills, because as a new teacher I would deliver the lesson and half of the learners would pay attention and the other half not. This brought me to Toastmasters to improve my speaking skills. My first ice breaker was delivered two…

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Member Moment – That Thing Helps!

I would blame myself if I forgot two questions: “the why” and “from whom” I joined Toastmasters (TM). Both questions are answered by the following short story: I always admired the English-speaking skills a friend (called Lisandro) used to display. In order to improve my professional experience under a global world, I invited Lisandro to…

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District Director – Reflections

You are on the brink of success, be it personally or your club/ area/ division. How much fun have you had in the process? I recently attended a contest where the Table Topics question was “What advice would you give your 10 year old self?” In the 1 minute of reflection, as one Contest Chairman…

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Presentation Tips – Speech Contest Experience

Two years ago I walked into my first Toastmasters meeting. It was in a classroom full of strangers that seemed to like each other, nothing interesting, nothing new, where was the magic. A gentleman stood up and with what looked like that thing the judges use on tv, he banged on the table twice. And…

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