Did you know about Club Coaching?

Is Club Coaching and Rescue the Toughest Leadership Challenge in Toastmasters? For the past 36 years as a Toastmaster and being involved in every sector of the organisation I have maintained that the two toughest jobs in Toastmasters is – 1st being the VPE and 2nd being the Sergeant at Arms. I am starting to…

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Leadership Opportunities – Seize the moment!

I was told that when I was in grade 1, I took over the class. Whilst the teacher was out I decided to take the chalk and I started teaching my classmates. I bet I thought if there is no one on stage I might as well do It! Funny story! Of course my teacher…

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District Director – Welcome to Toastmasters

In his book, “Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To Do”, Ferdinand Fournies very clearly sets out the hidden reasons for non-performance. Applying these same principles to Toastmasters, I find all of the 16 reasons relevant to what we do in Toastmasters. Last week, I had the privilege of orienting 2 of the new…

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Member Moment- My Journey

I was invited for my first Toastmasters meeting (Executive Club, Harare Zimbabwe) sometime in 2006. I was not employed having been affected by a retrenchment exercise at my previous employer. I showed up at my first meeting in casual wear and everyone was formally dressed. I felt out of place but this quickly faded as…

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Leadership opportunity – Reviving a dying club

How we managed to revive our club Taking ownership Whenever you walk into a situation that is not of your own creation, you have two choices. Start blaming someone or taken ownership of the situation and do something about it. The former is easy to do because it absolves you of responsibility, of the need…

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Club Experience – Who is to blame?

Has your club lost its spark and sparkle? Are the meetings boring or sometimes not even happening? Is your experience not meeting your expectations? Are you not getting value for money? Are you already playing the blame game? Blame the Executive Committee- they don’t really organize meetings or schedule speeches or anything. Blame the members…

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Did you know that the WPSC starts at club level?

The World Champions of Public Speaking Finals is held at the Toastmasters Convention in August every year. It starts at club level in more than 15900 clubs in 142 countries in the world. What a privilege for us at Eagles to get our members to experience a memorable contest. As John Bercow said that, “History…

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A Special Message – Get in the game

Get in the Game – Be a club where people make history I don’t know about you, but I work hard to earn my money and my time is precious to me. If I pay someone money, I expect excellent customer service. I want to know that my time and money have been well spent.…

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Leadership Opportunities – Don’t be shy

I never used to talk in meetings, though I believed I had great ideas. I was shy. After meetings I would have sleepless nights thinking about things I could have said. I was very comfortable living a life full of regrets. I joined Toastmasters International and became a more confident person after just participating in…

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Presentation Tips – The power of personal stories

Life is a series of challenges. We write tests or exams and unfortunately we are not always on the same page as the person next to us. Hence we can’t compare. This does not mean I cannot share my story. If I share my story perhaps it can help you to pass the exam or…

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Did you know about the Brand Right program?

The Brand Right program is the brainchild of Andrew Tsuro, District 74 PR Manager and his PR team. The objective of the program is to help Toastmasters clubs to align with the Toastmasters brand. We have some very enthusiastic VPPR’s out there, and some amazing graphic design skills, unfortunately in many cases the understanding of…

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A Special Message – Thank You!

I would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to you for paying your semi-annual dues. It is fantastic to see you investing in yourself, your self-development and your growth. Toastmasters has been the best investment I have made in myself over the last 27 years. I have grown as a person and as a…

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Member Moment – My why

I am a recent Economics graduate and an aspiring Development Economist. I am keen on learning and developing into a professional in Development Economics. I wish to make an impact through formulating and implementing community development initiatives that will help to create a strong and vibrant society and economy. My passion for Economics was developed…

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District Director – Seize the moment

The world needs you to step up and lead. Your ability to come up with practical solutions that serve your community has never been more in demand as it is today. This is where Toastmasters has come through for me. I used to believe learning leadership and practising leadership was the same until I practised…

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District 74 Awards Nominations

What gets recognized, gets repeated. The call for the 2018/19 District 74 Awards nominations was published on Monday 25 February 2019. The nominations started flooding in, almost instantly. This is fantastic! I really look forward to seeing more Toastmasters being recognised for their exceptional service. Have you recognised the PeopleMakingHistory in your circles? Do you…

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Did you know about EDI + C method of teaching?

Teaching, as we all know is a noble profession. Instilling knowledge into the minds of the young (and not so young) is an art that has been used for centuries. There are many different ways to teach people how to learn almost anything, repetition, research & study familiarity, visual aids. The EDI + C is…

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Presentation Tips – Storytelling

Be yourself! Break with conventions,in public speaking, and engage your entire audience. It is so much fun. I love greeting everyone in their own languages. Immediately there is a buzz in the room. People feel wanted, accepted and acknowledged. I am a multilingual Toastmaster, a Zambian-born South African, member of a Zulu tribe, once married…

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Leadership opportunities – World Class Leadership

I will never regret the day I joined my club, Centurion Toastmasters, about three years ago. Including many other visits I made to clubs in and around the two cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Wherever I went I found myself participating in one role or another even in ordinary club meetings, in club officer training,…

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Member Moment – Catapulted Career

I was first introduced to the concept of “The Law of Attraction” in my early college days. Simply put, the Law of Attraction is a principle that states that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. It teaches us that if we focus on a particular thing, to as much as…

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Editors Note – AHA Moments

Club officer training is done and dusted. It is always an opportunity to learn something new. Sometimes you have been hearing something for a while now and it only takes a different voice to have an aha moment. I love reading and sometimes I find myself reading three or four different books to satisfy different…

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