The World Needs Me…

The COVID 19 amongst many other lessons, has shown us how interconnected we are. If we ever needed to see it, to believe it, we have now. We are all globally connected to each other and Its up to us, if we create globally vibrating connections of negative or positive energy, but what is apparent…

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Give Feedback That Feeds Not Deprives

For many, the most valuable aspect of Toastmasters is the feedback they give and receive. We support each other through feedback that encourage others to continue practising and learning. Members who receive thoughtful feedback feel heard and become motivated to improve.  I have in most instances sat in the most cringe-worthy feedback sessions where an…

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Stay Safe & Sane Tips

The African economy is a huge dichotomy, on one hand, a group of professionals, many of whom will be working still, at home, in essential services, those who have savings & will cope. On the other hand, a large number of impoverished people have no idea where the next meal is coming from.  If you…

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Toastmasters Teamwork is Tops

Kloof Toastmasters Business Club celebrated winning Top Club at the July Conference in 2019. The Club chartered in November 2015 and was the first Breakfast Toastmasters Club in KZN. Five members are still with the Club after 5 years, Harry Thompson DTM, Bruce Page DTM and Joanne Schmitt DTM were members from Highway Club who…

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Why did you Join Toastmasters?

It has been ten beautiful years with the Toastmasters family. Thequestion which prominent is “why did you join the Toastmasters?”unfortunately the answer was never addressed because if it was… I shouldbe married by now. I was looking for a prospect. So the question that Ican answer is why did I stay or still am a…

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Agile leadership through changing times

Many countries are on lockdown, have some restrictions imposed on them and life as we know it has come to a complete standstill. Toastmasters meetings and contests have now moved online, and our annual conference has been cancelled. As a President and an Area Director, I witness everyday the plight of many Toastmasters during this…

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Distinguished Online meetings

For years I have been having business meetings online, we’ve been making jokes about people who forget to put the mute button on & attend calls in bed in their pyjamas for years.  This video circulated more than 6 years ago, so conference/video calls & online/virtual meetings aren’t new, but many of us have had to increase our…

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SET AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL AND GET MAD ABOUT IT

These days everybody is crazy about goals and a lot of them are temporary look good social media goals. A goal is an object of a person’s ambition or efforts, when a person achieves a goal it brings a lot of self-fulfillment. But what if the goal is impossible, or the dream is too big…

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9th May 2020 – a Toastmasters Day

The 9th May 2020 is going to go down in history as the Southern African Toastmasters take #onestepforward and once again show that we are #peoplemakinghistory. For the very first time ever we will host, DISTRICT 74 COUNCIL meeting online, and then the DISTRICT 74 INTERNATIONAL PREPARED SPEAKING CONTEST online.   The hosting of the Council…

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Achieving greatness through the Power Mentorship

There is an African Proverb that says “If you want to go fast walk alone, if you want to go far walk together”. However   I say to you “if you want to go fast and far, walk with a mentor. Never walk alone.” When I joined Toastmasters in June 2013, I was on a supersonic…

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Changing Times Change You, Be the victor not the victim.

To be honest, change is a really uncomfortable experience, especially if you have just gotten used to a routine that works for you. During a period of change, it’s not only the bad things that have a chance to fall away, such as unhealthy habits or toxic relationships, but my fear has been that in…

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Is your club meeting your needs?

Is your Club meeting your needs? When you joined Toastmasters you joined for a reason, you had a goal in mind. How close are you to achieving your goals? With most clubs moving to an on-line meeting platform you have more opportunities now to achieve those goals. You are able to join club meetings all…

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Positives Of Covid-19

The impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown are having a huge impact on the lives of the global population. Constantly seeing and hearing news about the problems, the statistics, and the hardship are making it more difficult to cope. We are all having to make changes and adjustments to our lives, and whilst the impact of these…

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Lead with Some Laughs

Are you a leader who takes yourself too seriously? Would you like to incorporate more smiles in your leadership style? You might try strengthening what is perhaps the most underrated leadership trait—a sense of humor. Experts say humor and humility go hand in hand—and offer a counterbalance for keeping corporate egos in check and the…

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Happy Mentoring!

Do you want your leadership to matter? Do you desire to leave a legacy and make your mark on the world? Consider the benefits of mentoring, not just for those who seek your guidance, but for your own self-worth and happiness. Do you want your leadership to matter? Do you desire to leave a legacy…

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4 Things Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Don’t Do

People, from all walks of life and around the globe, are creatures of emotion. That’s why it’s not enough for leaders to only score high on intelligence tests. The other necessary “brilliance” has to do with emotional intelligence (EI), defined in 1990 by two American professors, Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, as a form…

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Where Junkies Are Made

Do you know of Toastmasters Junkies? Have you heard of them? Are you one of them? Well, let us rather call them Toastmasters Enthusiasts. Junkie sounds bad right? I remember this one Tuesday in 2016, I attended Absa Breakfast Toastmasters Club in the morning, Standard Bank Operations after work and immediately after that I attended…

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Growing District 74 article

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a new cub? A little help from a few friends will go a long way to achieve this. Identifying the potential for a new club starts with looking around your community and your workplace. Does a Toastmasters club exist there? Are there enough people available to…

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Understanding the Hall Of Fame

Have you ever been to a District Event? My mentor, David Preece, had informed me that there was a District Event in Rivonia and encouraged me to attend. I had just started my term as the Club President of Standard Bank Operations in July 2015. This was to be my first District Event. I arrived…

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Be Intentional about achieving Excellence

Even though I have been a Toastmaster since the start of my career, my journey towards (Distinguished Toastmaster) DTM was motivated and escalated by the phasing out of the Legacy Program. Before then I did not fully understand the requirements of becoming DTM. Back then I believed that achieving DTM was simply out of reach…

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