Leadership Opportunities – Don’t be shy

I never used to talk in meetings, though I believed I had great ideas. I was shy. After meetings I would have sleepless nights thinking about things I could have said. I was very comfortable living a life full of regrets. I joined Toastmasters International and became a more confident person after just participating in…

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Presentation Tips – The power of personal stories

Life is a series of challenges. We write tests or exams and unfortunately we are not always on the same page as the person next to us. Hence we can’t compare. This does not mean I cannot share my story. If I share my story perhaps it can help you to pass the exam or…

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Did you know about the Brand Right program?

The Brand Right program is the brainchild of Andrew Tsuro, District 74 PR Manager and his PR team. The objective of the program is to help Toastmasters clubs to align with the Toastmasters brand. We have some very enthusiastic VPPR’s out there, and some amazing graphic design skills, unfortunately in many cases the understanding of…

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A Special Message – Thank You!

I would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to you for paying your semi-annual dues. It is fantastic to see you investing in yourself, your self-development and your growth. Toastmasters has been the best investment I have made in myself over the last 27 years. I have grown as a person and as a…

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Member Moment – My why

I am a recent Economics graduate and an aspiring Development Economist. I am keen on learning and developing into a professional in Development Economics. I wish to make an impact through formulating and implementing community development initiatives that will help to create a strong and vibrant society and economy. My passion for Economics was developed…

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District Director – Seize the moment

The world needs you to step up and lead. Your ability to come up with practical solutions that serve your community has never been more in demand as it is today. This is where Toastmasters has come through for me. I used to believe learning leadership and practising leadership was the same until I practised…

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District 74 Awards Nominations

What gets recognized, gets repeated. The call for the 2018/19 District 74 Awards nominations was published on Monday 25 February 2019. The nominations started flooding in, almost instantly. This is fantastic! I really look forward to seeing more Toastmasters being recognised for their exceptional service. Have you recognised the PeopleMakingHistory in your circles? Do you…

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Did you know about EDI + C method of teaching?

Teaching, as we all know is a noble profession. Instilling knowledge into the minds of the young (and not so young) is an art that has been used for centuries. There are many different ways to teach people how to learn almost anything, repetition, research & study familiarity, visual aids. The EDI + C is…

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Presentation Tips – Storytelling

Be yourself! Break with conventions,in public speaking, and engage your entire audience. It is so much fun. I love greeting everyone in their own languages. Immediately there is a buzz in the room. People feel wanted, accepted and acknowledged. I am a multilingual Toastmaster, a Zambian-born South African, member of a Zulu tribe, once married…

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Leadership opportunities – World Class Leadership

I will never regret the day I joined my club, Centurion Toastmasters, about three years ago. Including many other visits I made to clubs in and around the two cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Wherever I went I found myself participating in one role or another even in ordinary club meetings, in club officer training,…

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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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In loving memory of Theo Swart

Toastmasters in Southern Africa are deeply saddened by the passing of one our own selfless servant leaders, Theo Swart. He was an Executive member of the District looking after Area I3 – clubs in the Johannesburg East. “Theo passed away in the early hours of Saturday 16 February after a four-month-long fight against the effects…

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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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