Introducing Brand Right!

Allow me to share with you everything I have learned about brand management within and outside of Toastmasters. by Thandwefika Tshabalala, Toastmasters District 74 Brand Manager   When I started as a VPPR three years ago I started designing posters for my club. My designs were fresh in my view, they were bold and edgy,…

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Obama’s 16th Annual Lecture Review

Obama’s 16th Annual Lecture Review by Mutali Nemadzivhanani – Toastmasters Southern Africa Speech Evaluator When I heard that Former President Barack Obama was going to be speaking at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, I almost passed out. There was no way I was going to miss it! I found myself at Midday on Tuesday,…

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How to Plan an Open House Event

When is your open house? Start planning early for the best results. Here are some ideas to help you have the best one yet: 1- Organize a committee: ◦Find out who in your club needs a CL project ◦Organize or Help organize club special event ◦PR campaign – chair or help with ◦Membership contest ◦Befriend a…

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From our District Director, Frank Tsuro

Let’s make your experience more rewarding I have had the privilege of being part of a couple of public speaking clubs. After attending my first Toastmasters meeting, I was sure there was something unusual about this organisation. To be part of any of the public speaking clubs that I had been part of, you had to…

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Did you know?

Toastmasters International hosts a convention every August! The convention that I attended in 2014 in Malaysia remains firmly embedded in my mind for  four reasons: it was a multi racial  experience. I met and interacted with toastmasters from all over the world, e.g. Philippines, Singapore, U.S. etc. It’s interesting how despite where we come from,…

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Bleeps and Blunders!

“You are the reason I left Toastmasters! I was facilitating a strategy workshop for a client one day, and one of the participants recognised me. I remember you, she said. You’re a Toastmaster. I was very proud that she remembered me. I’m used to making a positive impact on people. So I was shocked at…

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Mentoring Moments –

Be the light to others’ darkness. Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” In 2015 I went through a traumatic experience that resulted in me losing my eyesight, in this moment not only did my physical eye close but I felt my dreams and plans…

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Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities: My journey in Toastmasters has been a fascinating one. I will never forget the day my club President was asking for people to step up to Club Officer roles. She said: ‘There is no team of fairies that put every meeting together! We have a team of club officers who make these meetings…

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Presentation Skills Tip

The Unexpected with Lloyd! People spend more time sitting on the toilet each week than exercising. Moreover, we end up with 1.4 years on the toilet during a lifetime. How do you react when you are surprised? Your eyes open wide, your jaw drops, you breathe in and your hands open up. Why? Your whole…

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Giving Sales Pitches – Tips

  Tips from Toastmasters International A sales pitch or proposal seeks to persuade. The objective of the presentation is to sell a product, concept or idea. The ability to present sales pitches and proposals effectively can open the door to professional opportunities. To organize ideas into an effective sales pitch or proposal, use the “inverted pyramid” approach,…

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Your Body Language when Speaking

  Tips from Toastmasters International Speakers generate a great amount of emotion and interest through the use of non-verbal communication, often called gestures or body language. A speaker’s body can be an effective tool for emphasizing and clarifying the words they use, while reinforcing their sincerity and enthusiasm. Here are a few tips on how…

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Join the Toastmasters Celebration

  Article by Andrew Tsuro DTM, Public Relations Manager for Toastmasters Southern Africa On 1 August 2018, Toastmasters from around the world will be celebrating the life and times of the founder of Toastmasters International, Ralph C. Smedley. On the day: We will be wearing our Toastmasters badges Members will tell their Toastmasters story online,…

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Toastmasters has Improved Me as a Leader

    I have spent considerable time in sales in my life and have generally found it easy to relate with others through a mixture of humour and empathy. I have certainly been able to tweak and refine my public speaking skills through Toastmasters, for which I am genuinely grateful. Where I have benefitted he…

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Improve your Organisation’s Presentation Skills

We all want to be outstanding. If you seek to stand out at your workplace, it is highly possible that sooner or later you will be asked to give some kind of presentation. It has been said that public speaking is the number 1 fear of people in the world. It’s important to not allow…

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Start a Toastmasters Corporate Club Today

    Standard Bank, Telkom, AON, Old Mutual, Allan Gray, MTN, South African Reserve Bank, among many others have partnered with Toastmasters to developed the employees personal and professional skills. When will your branch partner with us? What is Toastmasters? Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than…

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Speechcraft for Professional Growth

Article by Michael Shackleton, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Robert Kiyosaki states in his worldwide bestselling book Rich Dad Poor Dad, that as your communication skills improve your level of success automatically increases.  This insight is a useful tool to remember for individuals and organisations. However, it’s not enough just to know this insight. In order to experience the…

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Southern Africa Toastmasters adopts the Pathways Learning Experience, a modernised education program

The new program delivers skills needed in the workplace Johannesburg, South Africa, July. 04, 2018 – Southern Africa Toastmasters, a district of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development, launched the Pathways learning experience in 2018. The Toastmasters Pathways learning experience is a modernised learning experience suited to a changing global society.…

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How to Get Started as Sergeant At Arms

The Sergeant At Arms is a pivotal role in the Club. There are two key aspects you may need to look into as you start your term. Welcome Committee It is a good idea to gather together a team of club members (maybe including executive committee members) to act as a welcome committee.  This committee…

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How to Get Started as a Club Secretary

The Secretary is responsible for Club records and correspondence. The role involves all administrative details between the Club and Toastmasters, and keeping the club’s documents available and up-to-date. The Secretary also records and reads the meeting minutes, for both meetings of the club and of the Executive team. What are two things I wish someone…

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How to get started as Treasurer

The first thing I wish people told me is that it is not just about collecting members’ dues and paying expenses. However, it is about performing a fiduciary duty to members through sound fiscal management. It is about acting prudently when dealing with members’ money and having the highest degree of excellence and precision. The…

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