In Loving Memory of Fatima Abrahams, DTM

Our Toastmasters Family is at a loss of one of our own selfless servant leaders. Fatima Abrahams, DTM collapsed and passed on Wednesday 19 September 2018 in the afternoon. Fatima had been an illustrious leader who served with respect and excellence as Area Director (2015, 2017, 2018) and Division A Director in 2015-2016. She will…

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District Director – Conversations

Several weeks ago, I had an interesting meeting with an influential business man in Zimbabwe. I met him at a hotel in Johannesburg while we were both waiting for someone. It’s not unusual that I have random conversations with strangers but, I usually have to initiate them. In this case it was the other way…

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Leadership opportunities – Who is knocking at the door?

Who is knocking at the door! I joined Toastmasters to improve on my communication skills, but then I heard a knock at the door! My fellow Toastie asked me if I would be interested in becoming Sergeant at Arms, as I showed potential in organising and time management. Who? Me! So, with a little nudge,…

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Editor’s note – The reason you should bother yourself

I was feeling miserable and asking myself over and over again… ‘Why am I bothering myself? I should just give up seriously”. I was on my way to a Toastmasters meeting. It seemed i was the only one attending and i had no agenda. It dawned on me that today was the 4th anniversary of…

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Member Moments – Hello Table Topics

I was a Toastmaster in high school and resolved to continue through college and adult life. Life happened and my former resolution did not. An event more than 7 years later made me join Toastmasters again. Most of us are familiar with the backstage of most performance theatres. There is a maze of passages and…

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Did you know ? – Youth Leadership Programme

Did you know that Toastmasters has a Youth Leadership Programme that helps the young ones build their communication  and leadership skills. Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program (YLP ), is in my opinion a fundamental program to get involved in for any club. There are several reasons I strongly believe a club should become involved in the…

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Club Experiences – Club Quality, Bring it On!

“Bring It On” and achieve your club goals! Fellow Toastmasters!It is that time of the year again when we renew our International subscriptions by  30th September 2018, and your opportunity to achieve half a point of Goal 10 of our Distinguished Club Program (DCP). If your subscriptions reach Toastmasters International before 1st October 2018 you…

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Presentation Corner – Much Ado About Nothing

The cliche, without further ado, or worse, adieu, gets used more & more by both young & old and experienced & non-experienced Toastmasters. This and other cliches really do detract from what you are saying & your message, I found a piece about the use of cliches that I wanted to share with you all…

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My Little Red Star- VPEs

When I was in the first grade, my class teacher used to stick red stars on books of pupils who had performed well. To us 6-year-olds the red star was the hallmark of achievement and recognition. In my third term, after months and months of the red star eluding me, I was finally due to…

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Mentorship-Immediate Past Presidents

At this point in the year, hopefully you have been able to transition from being the “one in charge” to someone who supports and advises. It is a difficult transition but one that provides you an opportunity to continue to contribute but with decreased accountability. If you are looking for a way to contribute to…

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VPPRs-How About a Guest Overload?!

How long did it take you to eventually become a Toastmaster? For many members today, they heard about Toastmasters at least 3,4 or 5 times before they committed to attending a meeting, let alone becoming a member. This month, I would like to urge you to 1. Update your database of guests and visitors 2.…

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Open House Events-SAA Role

Hopefully by now you will have seen material and information on the Smedley Award available to clubs during August and September. The Vice Presidents Membership and Public Relations will be working on a programme to have Open-House events at your club – specifically to include as many guests as possible and showcase the benefits of…

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Incentives! Treasurers, Incentives

This TOASTMASTER year, when I took over the treasury of our club, I thought to myself – “How can I persuade our members to pay their membership dues well in advance to avoid running after them begging for membership payments?” I plotted a few time-frames and started thinking of incentives, which I could use as…

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Attention VPMs! The Garmeson Trust

If lack of funds is the reason your members are not renewing, there is a solution – The Garmeson Trust!! If you have somebody in your club, or you have somebody that wants to join your club, but they cannot afford it, then consider the Garmeson Trust to help them with the costs of being…

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Renewals! Renewals! President’s Role.

When I think of September, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a Club President in October of 2016. She shared with me how she had remained with no one to lead as her club members had not renewed their membership. There are 2 key questions you need to be able to answer…

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Execute to Thrive-Club Secretaries

“A goal, without a plan, is just a wish.” For this month, your focus as the Secretary is to ensure everyone delivers on their commitment. It’s all about execution! Does your club have plans to achieve the Award, Treasurer’s Excellence award and collect dues on time? Did your club submit a PR Plan on how…

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High School Teacher & the 5th female wins World Champion of Public Speaking.

With a speech titled “Still Standing,” Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 25. For the first time in the contest’s history, female competitors swept the top three positions. Smith is only the fifth woman to capture the World Champion of Public Speaking title since…

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From the District Director

I am writing to you from the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention, a meet up of over 3000 members Toastmasters from across the world. More than this, the convention is a celebration of what we offer in Toastmasters. During this event we will be electing our new Board of Directors and also crowning the World…

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Presentations Corner: The 3 C’s that got me the gig!

Invoice had been paid, business class flight, booked, 5-star executive suite reserved. All this for  “A statue on stage, a speech with a collection of quotes on google and cheesy request for a standing ovation!” That was Merriam’s version of what happened the last time they invited a guest speaker at their function. I was…

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Bleeps and Blunders – Procrastinator Club

So here is a funny story about Toastmasters and Toastmasters Members like myself…. which proves that I am not a “procrastinator”, (I am just extremely productive at un-important things.) Now here is the issue. Linda? , our OAP Editor, asked me to write an article for the OAP about an embarrassing incident that may have…

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