Editors Note – Inspired to be more

The atmosphere was electric, there was so much laughter and chit chat. I felt at home despite being surrounded by people I was meeting for the first time in my life. One would have mistaken this event as a family reunion. It was District 105 special meeting to meet the CEO of Toastmasters Dan Rex…

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District Director – Here is to our best year ever

If you are still wondering how this year will be your best ever and need a pick-me-up, just keep with us your Toastmasters family and we will be sure to give you something to laugh, share and celebrate about. In Toastmasters, you are part of a strong international brand, a brand that you can be…

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Did you know there is a recipe for Time?

As a new year is upon us … sometimes we wonder : where is the time I need ? “I just need the time …” she said (to do the things she wanted to do) “I can help you make time” he said … “What is the recipe to make time” he pondered ? (1)…

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Leadership Opportunities – Club Officer Training

I can think of 10 good reasons why I have attended COT twice a year since 2008! Can you think of any reason why you should not ? Even if you are not a club officer, this is your opportunity to pick and choose which leadership role you want to take up in future. Keep…

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Presentation Skills – Killer presentation

Three things that helped me deliver a killer presentation. “Just be yourself”” That’s the common advice people give when someone ask for tips in order to deliver an amazing presentation. I really used to believe that, all you have to do is just go up there and be yourself. In my case, I was shy,…

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District Director – I admire you

Dear History Maker, I admire you. It takes a special kind of person to make a choice to invest in themselves so that they can give abundantly. The world needs you to be a better brother/sister, to be a better parent/guardian, to be a better boss/community leader. Over the last 5 months, I have had…

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Editors note – Happy Holidays!

Have you ever noticed the amount of energy you expend as you plan your Holidays? There are those like me who like to have their ducks in a row and start panicking at the thought of one duck losing its place! At least Toastmaster has helped me to tame that emotion. Then there are those…

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Did you know about O.U.R.Con?

Did you know about O.U.R Con? Well, neither did I, until Makgahlela Talane and Zoya Mabuto gave us a taste of what it was and what it was bringing to the Toastmasters stage we were on. What stood out the most about how they opened up O.U.RCon to the immediate audience of the day was…

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Member Moment – Value for Money

We live in a society where most people are invariably looking to make the next buck at any cost by hook or crook. Serving in Toastmasters over the last couple of months, has often meant having to explain to some people what the cost of being part of Toastmasters is, and in a cash strapped…

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Presentation Tips – Things Fall Apart

Have you ever been asked to take a high level responsibility last minute? It happened to me. I was asked to be a Director of Ceremonies just one week before a conference of 250 engineers and the invited Guest of Honour was a Senior Cabinet Minister. Coincidentally, I had many other commitments and deadlines to…

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Club Officer Training-CoT

Do you want to be successful in achieving your goals? Are your club members achieving their goals? Join Tens of Thousands of Club Officers & Members around the globe attending Club Officer Training during December, January & February. The second round of Club Officer Training kicks off on the 1st December in Gauteng and will…

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Elections Already? IPPs

It is a good time to start talking to members about the benefits of leadership roles in the club executive committee. Even though most clubs will only hold the annual general meeting and the election of the new committee in May (which seems a lifetime away), there is no harm in getting the ball rolling.…

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Excellence is a Habit

The end of a calendar year is a great time to reflect and plan for the year ahead. At Toastmasters, we are fortunate that the end of the calendar year, marks the half-way mark of the Toastmasters year. The current Toastmasters year started on 1 July 2018 and will end on June 30 2019. As…

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A Sergeant at Arms and so much more

You are never just the Sergeant at Arms, you are the Sergeant Major of the Toastmasters meeting. When you are the SAA for your local club, you may not be fully aware of the power that you yield. When we start getting towards COT events and the annual Toastmasters conference to be held during the…

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A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

In June 2015, 2 weeks before my term as Charter President of Metropolitan came to an end, I remember so vividly realising how we were not Distinguished and yet our goal was to be President’s Distinguished by the end of that month. I had the longest 2 weeks of my life. I frantically tried to…

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Each One Bring One

Dear Vice President of Public Relations, have you ever had a fortunate coincidence? For a long time, Frank nagged me to join him. I was hell bent convinced I was a great speaker already. I even remember sending my friends to attend this Toastmasters thing, after all, they needed it more…or so I thought! Had…

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District Director – Frank Tsuro DTM

As we are fast approaching the festive holidays I have started seeing people shopping for gifts for their loved ones. While for some this is an enjoyable event, for some of us it can be stressful finding the right gift in the congested of malls. This holiday, I would like to challenge you to consider…

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Presentation Skills – Presenting to “Big Guns”

Audiences that strike fear inside One of the most frequent fears expressed by presenters is that of presenting to senior managers or executives or any of the so called “big guns”. The question is: Why does positional status seem to add to presentation stress? What makes seniority and status a cause for added anxiety and…

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Leadership Opportunities – Spontaneous Leadership

After visiting my current club and other clubs in the Midrand Johannesburg area several times, I finally joined the Midrand Groundbreakers in June 2018. I say without a shadow of doubt that it was the biggest and most amazing thing I have done for myself in 2018! I was thrown into the deep end by…

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Member Moments – Three Vital Skills

‘Only the one who wanders finds new paths’ – Norwegian proverb.   True to the Norwegian proverb above, there are three things that I have learnt and gained in Toastmasters. These three things are patience, listening and learning.   Firstly, every time I am dealing with my fellow Toastmasters, I have discovered that we tend…

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