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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – TLI Indaba 2019

Could you be a rolling stone gathering no moss in Toastmasters? Do you remember your intention of joining Toastmasters? Are you still on that track or perhaps, have you moved to another track? Do you sometimes feel like you are going from one speech project to another with not much “growth”? The TLI Indaba on…

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I am glad I became a club officer

After giving a series of speeches at Midrand club, I started harbouring thoughts of getting involved in the club in the capacity of a club officer.  Initially, I first intended to serve as the Vice President Public Relations, but things happened differently, and I was nominated to serve as the President of the club.  What…

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Newly appointed District 74 Chief Judge

Jazzmin Hecht, DTM, is the person to ask any questions about Contests. Whether you are a contestant, the Contestant Chair, the Chief Judge or a judge at a contest at any level, if you have any questions or concerns. she is the newly appointed District 74 Chief Judge!  Please feel free to contact her on chiefjudge@toastmasters74.org…

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Breakfast of champions

Have you improved since you joined Toastmasters? I have grown from someone that would never speak in a meeting at work, to someone that asks to speak in meetings where I am not paid. What changed? I was fed the breakfast of champions known in Toastmasters as feedback. I love Toastmasters for feedback and growth…

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A toast to The Future

This moment is a particular honour. I pen these words grateful for the trust bestowed upon me as Charter President of The Future and humbled by the task that lays before us as a club. This club is very close to my heart. I have always had a keen interest in languages with a dream…

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Lesson learned from District 3

Visiting Other Clubs Personal growth is facilitated by stepping outside your comfort zone. With friendly faces we see on a regular basis, our home clubs may become a part of our comfort zone. To supercharge your personal growth, try stepping outside the walls of your home club to visit other clubs. Other benefits of visiting…

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Secure your Royal seat to the Royal Conference

Every year, seats at our District 74 annual conferences are sold out. The conferences are attended by most members from different divisions within District 74. One major challenge we have encountered in the past is late registrations by members. Members would wait until the dying hours to make their ticket purchases. Given the space limits…

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My journey to the lectern

Well, like many people… Public Speaking was a challenge, and I sat with it for a very long time. I hated orals at School. Funny enough, I was okay in a meeting, but addressing a crowd was the problem.  So, I sat with the challenge, hoping it would just disappear or just miraculously flip into…

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The #Bannerchallenge Brand Right Blog

Over the past months Facebookers have been treated to many wonderful images of Toastmasters doing the #bannerchallenge as they visit different clubs. Not only have we been treated to countless images of smiling Toastmasters, but it also gave us some insight into the various club banners that are being used throughout District 74. After entering…

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I realise that we are the same

Why would you remain a member of Toastmasters after achieving Distinguished Toastmaster? Before we attempt to answer this question, think about why do you remain loyal to whatever you are loyal to. I had a discussion last week with someone that decided to stop going to the gym. She said that going to the gym…

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Pathways

“I should  have signed up to be a Pathways ambassador” echoed my mind as I  completed Level 5 of effective coaching for my first path.  Pathways was introduced when I was president of the Transnet Trailblazers Toastmasters club, however, I didn’t grab the opportunity to become a pathways ambassador because I was inundated with work at the…

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People Making History

August 2019 Denver -Colorado USA Voting for Excellence! I was priviledged to also be on the campaign trail. I joined the most amazing team! Service was redefined for me as I saw and interacted with the Aletta ID Dream Team. We all wore the SA scarf and we all carried this big big Dream. One of our own would…

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Miss Botswana

On Sunday, September 1st Gaborone Toastmasters Club conducted a public speaking training for Miss Botswana’s Top 12 Finalists. As Miss Botswana Finalists, they are in preparation for the Grand Finale which provides various speaking opportunities, including a 30 Second Question and Answers Session on critical issues. The training conducted focused on the fundamentals of public speaking…

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Membership Fees

I know that you can’t go to the gym, without paying your gym membership, I know that you never walk out of a restaurant or a bar without paying for your food, as soon as you don’t pay your Netflix or DSTV subscription your services are suspended and you can’t exit a parking garage if…

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What kind of leader are you becoming?

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” These are the words of my favorite leadership author, Dr. John Calvin Maxwell. He continues to say that when things continue to go wrong in an organization, the first thing to do is fire the leader because the leader is responsible. After all, everything rises and falls on leadership.…

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Authenticity

I recently read an article on Forbes.com, “How to Be A Better Public Speaker, Like A Toastmasters’ World Champion” Aaron Beverly, our newest WCPS shared some advice with forbes.com on being a more impactful speaker. You can read the full article here, but he mentioned authenticity a number of times, firstly to be your authentic self on stage,…

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Adolph Kaestner District 74 Director 1988/89

The WOW – Note/Letter Many years ago (1988/89) when I was the DG (DD) for D74 I realised the value of Recognition. That is when I came up with the Maxim – “What Gets Recognised – Gets Repeated!” To put this into action I had printed a small Note Pad (see the Picture). During meetings…

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Erich Viedge District 74 Director 2011/12

Why do we speak, when there are books in the world? Think about it.  You can read between 200 and 300 words a minute. But we can only speak at around 140 words a minute. That means I can read this article aloud to you, and it will take 30% to 100% longer than reading…

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Congratulations

The first of the Club Fitness Rewards draws was held on Saturday the 7th of September. Two clubs received a full ticket to our annual Toastmasters Conference RoyalCon. The first draw was for all the clubs that submitted their PR and Marketing Plan, 143 clubs were part of the draw and Congratulations go to Nedbank…

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District Chief Judge Position

The position of District Chief Judge is open and we would like anybody who would be interested in taking up this role to email education@toastmasters74.org. The District Chief Judge needs to have an intimate knowledge of the Toastmasters International rule book. Any disputes arising from Club, Area and Division Contest will be brought before the…

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