G BOMB YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS

In the famous words of Amy Colette “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” My most life changing experiences happened when I decided to show gratitude for everything. Showing appreciation to people and my different life experiences, went a long way in sparking…

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Mentorship & Coaching: Making Technology Work for You

Mentorship and coaching plays a key role in one’s growth a Toastmaster. This is often emphasized at club meetings, with Members being encouraged to be either a mentor or mentee. With our busy lives outside of meetings, I have found that some Members are hesitant to heed this call-to-action because they just don’t know how…

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TOASTMASTERS CHANGES LIVES

I can remember the first day I walked in to a Toastmasters meeting. I had heard that Toastmasters could assist me with my shyness and my inability to confidently hold any form of conversation. I had finished my degree and was constantly rejected by prospective employers because I would never be able to manage staff…

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Hall of Fame Gala Dinner!

District 74 is rolling out the red carpet for the Induction and Hall of Fame Gala Dinner! We are so excited to recognise the exceptional achievements of the past year and induct the leadership of the coming year on Saturday 27 July 2019 at Moyo Zoo Lake. The District Leadership Team for the 2020 year…

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District Director – #onestepforward

What an incredible year we had in 2018-2019 we broke new District 74 records, we grew the number of clubs by 12% and we now have more clubs in Southern Africa than we have ever had 217 clubs & more clubs are showing their excellence, 140 clubs are at least DISTINGUISHED We truly are #peoplemakinghistory…

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District Director – Thank you #PeopleMakingHistory

#PeopleMakingHistory, we made it! Despite the many changes in our organisation, you stood up and you put up a great performance. As a result of your work, we are expecting to end the year in our district with over 10% growth in our clubs (just under 220 clubs), over 10% growth in our number of…

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Mentorship – Destination to Growth

“We are going to Joburg!” Earlier this year, I had no idea that this exciting declaration would have a profound impact on my Toastmasters experience. Today, as I share my personal journey towards the 2019 Speech Competitions, I am still in awe that I can now personally attest to the transformative powers of Toastmasters, one…

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Leadership opportunities – ICU to I See You

2018 – 2019 is year to remember for me, not because I participated in the speech contest for our Area (Z3) and emerged the winner in the Evaluations category, but rather I witnessed and helped my club ZCAS( Zambia Chartered Accountants Students) become President’s distinguished. Our club was on hardly surviving when I took over…

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Member Moment – Gun without Bullets

… How Toastmasters gave me a bulletIts wartime! Your comrade hands you a gun to shoot a charging enemy but as you pull the trigger, you realize there is no bullet! Imagine the trauma, confusion and despair! It is too late to take to your feet or to take cover and the enemy pounces. That…

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Club Experience – It’s Today!

IT’S TODAY, IT’S TODAY….. WHY TODAY? The car was buzzing with chatter and excitement, then one statement from a young middle-aged man, abruptly silenced the group when he said; I became free of debt because of Toastmasters! He went on to share his journey of how he became overwhelmed by debt and was drinking even…

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Member Moment – My Journey

Three years ago I found myself a mentor who has been a Toastmaster for almost two decades. He is very confident and speaks exceptionally well. The first meeting of mentorship I was encouraged to join Toastmasters. I did not hesitate because I was looking forward to the day I could also speak with confidence like…

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TLI for what?

Did you know that Toastmasters envisioned future is to “to be the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.” In order to achieve that, we need solid structures that will ensure that at each level, members and clubs have adequate support and resources to take them forward. TLI is for that!…

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District Director – Being Distinguished

What does being distinguished mean to you? We live in a world where we are constantly seeking the fullest expression of self. To make this possible we need to constantly find ways to distinguish our current self and that is the reason why I am a member of Toastmasters. The word Distinguished became a frequent…

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Club Experience – On Becoming Distinguished

I’ve had the honour of attending several Club Meetings at Soweto Positive Speakers and can’t quite put my finger on what it is that really gives them that ‘je ne sais quoi’ but they have it. Ask anyone who has visited this group of lively and energetic Toastmasters – the energy and overall atmosphere is…

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In Honour of O.U.R. Con Convener – Makgahlela Talana

Do you have any idea what it takes to organize a Toastmasters conference? It is probably the busiest, most stressful assignment I personally have EVER been involved in.  Makgahlela Talane is a new member of Toastmasters, but she has an incredible work ethic, passion & energy.  Her team members loved her; Richard Francis said “Having…

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District Director – Happiness

I have been in a position of privilege over the last few years in Toastmasters. In that time, I have been privileged to meet many #ProudToastmasters from across our district. Of all the privileges I have enjoyed, there is none so far that compares to witnessing Toastmasters from different corners of our district that I…

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Leadership Opportunities – Raise your hand up

When I joined Toastmasters I wanted to improve my speaking skills. That is what Prof Mufunani Khosa sold to us in our Graduate Trainee Business Communications class those many years ago. When I attended the next meeting and subsequently joined, it lived up to its billing, it was an organisation to improve speaking skills. With…

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Club Experience – Speechcraft as a fundraiser

I recently had the privilege of attending OURCon and left feeling inspired and rejuvenated about the value of the Toastmasters programme! What a pity that every member of District 74 was not present. This spurred me on to share a long awaited article about the value and benefits of clubs delivering Speechcraft courses as a…

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Mentorship – My experience with mentorship

When I joined Algoa I was assigned a mentor and her assistance went well with my first few speeches. However, mid-way through my CC, my mentor left the club and I was on my own. Although I completed my CC – I soon realised that a mentor was essential to assist with my weaker areas.…

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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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