Are you playing the New Year’s Game?

Have you ever heard of the “New Year’s Game”? Have you ever played this game? On Tuesday, I attended a Toastmasters meeting themed “Goals”. In one of the speeches, I was reminded of a very popular game I used to play every time towards New Year’s day but, was not aware at the time I…

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Editors Note – Toastmasters a way of life

Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like without Toastmasters? So many things happen to us in our lifetime, sometimes like dew on grass it evaporates and disappears and other times remains embedded in our lives like a deep scar that will never fade. We go out there and share our stories…

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Did you know about The Toastmasters Promise?

She was shaking her head as she came back to her seat. A beautiful induction ceremony had just taken place and eight members had been inducted. She whispered to me ” That promise ummm I did not know about it” she looked visibly shaken. I was taken aback as I realised that we take it…

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Member Moments – Seeing through the eyes of an introvert

Why I joined Toastmasters? There comes a time when you have to get out of the comfort zone, there comes a time when you have to unshackle the chains of fear that binds us. 2013 was that defining moment that I decided to confront my fears and get out of my comfort zone. As an…

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Mentor Moments – “The Boss Lady”

During the 44 months I have been a member of Toastmasters, I have met inspiring Toastmasters who have helped me to chart and navigate my leadership and communication journey. One such Toastmaster is a beautiful lady who I affectionately call “The Boss Lady”- Nikki Quinn. I first met Nikki at our Division Z Club Officer…

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Leadership opportunities – Coming out of the shell

My name is Olivia  Mwamba. I joined toastmasters in 2016. Toastmasters has become part of my daily routine. The club members were welcoming and made me feel at home. Toastmasters has helped me come out of my shell and embrace everything I ever dreamt of becoming. I dreamt of being a leader, a life coach…

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Toast-spiration

The question; “Are great salespeople born or made?” returns about 723 000 results on the Google search engine, this is indicative of the ongoing debate about whether one is born knowing how to sell or the skill is acquired over time. Now, before I give you my take on this subject matter, I have a…

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Pathways Resources

Since the day I joined Toastmasters, I have always found incredible resources at my fingertips just by searching google or Facebook – How to be the grammarian, what to do when you are the Toastmaster of the day, who to contact at World Headquarters, where to buy a Gavel – all my questions are answered…

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Strong Club -Happy members.

Now that the collection of semi-annual dues and the “mop up” of the members that didn’t renew are in your review mirror it is time to look forward and set your club up for success. As a club and particularly as the Vice President Membership of your club, you now know exactly how many members…

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Presentation skills tip – Become your own audience!

“How horrible does this man sound? Look at how he moves on stage!” Those were the first few remarks I exclaimed after I recorded myself for the first time ever. My voice was horrible, the gut-churching gestures – who calls themselves an Advanced Communicator Gold speaker and does that on stage?  That was a light-bulb…

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Leadership Opportunities – Unplanned Leadership journey

  My first-ever visit to a Toastmasters meeting was on the 16th of March 2017 and I attended the Midrand Groundbreakers Club. I was totally unaware that I was about to experience a groundbreaking encounter. By the 1st of April 2017, I was the founding President of Midrand Groundbreakers, a role I suspect I was…

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Did you know about Interpersonal Communication?

A wise man (Benjamin Franklin) once said: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. I love learning. Wait!!! Let me be specific I love learning by doing, and Toastmasters has offered me just what I needed to build my character. About a month ago I delivered a…

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Editor’s note – Celebrate

Celebrating our small victories is something we overlook time and time again. My birthday has always been important to me because my parents made sure none of my siblings were mean to me on that day. They had to celebrate something good about me even if it meant celebrating helping them find a lost hat…

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District Director – Legacy Month

October is legacy month in Toastmasters. An idea that Dr. Smedley developed as early as 1904 after he had been appointed Director of Education for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Bloomington, Illinois in the United States of America. He saw a need for the men in the community to learn how to speak,…

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Bleeps and Blunders – Off-key!

I am a trained opera singer (failed). Once upon a time I was singing in “The Marriage of Figaro” and completely failed to hear the note I was supposed to sing. Needless to say, I lost my opportunity. My lack of faith in myself finally resulted in my giving up singing. It was deeply wounding.…

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My Mentor – Mr Fantastic

This is Mr. Fantastic… Garth Thomson (CC, ALB) How I got hooked to Toastmasters! Tell me about your favourite soccer team? I think that was the question I asked Mr. Fantastic as he was giving his educational to a group of new consultants with an internationally recognized Management Consultant company. I think he responded by…

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Member Moments – Mining the Toastmasters Gold

Toastmasters are gold. Most Toastmasters know this. However, only a few are able to derive a great proportion of value from this precious program. At its best, it has the ability to consume you and use you to its benefit (nothing wrong here). At your best, you can consume it and use it to your…

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District Director – What is your approach?

What is your approach to Toastmasters? What message(s) is this approach conveying to your fellows toastmasters? I am always in awe each time I visit the different clubs in our district to see that they are frighteningly passionate Toastmasters. Some who just want to be involved at club level, some at area level, some at…

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Editors Note Everything little bit counts

I was the Toastmaster of the day at our engineers club meeting  on Tuesday. One of the guests Prescious introduced herself. She was on her way home when she noticed our sign post outside the gate where our club hosts our meeting.She recalled a colleague had spoken about Toastmasters and its benefits but had no…

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Member Moments – Will “In for a penny In for a pound”

In 2013, I started working for a NPO in the disability sector. I was tasked, originally, with doing their social media but my job description grew quite rapidly as they discovered my various skills. I am a C4 quadriplegic. This means that I have very little use of my body below my chest, but it…

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