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Archive for Nov 2019

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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The Beginning of a True Toastmasters Dream

Four years ago, my name made headlines in the Boksburg advertiser newspaper and the SABC kids news channel. The article read as follows: “Vosloorus Pupil Is Queen of Public Speaking! Wendy Khumalo, from the Vosloorus-based Thuto Lesedi High School, was named Queen of Public Speaking during the metro’s hosting of an HIV/Aids debate.” I had…

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Don’t Massage My Bag

A few weeks ago I decided to sign up for boxing classes. I felt I needed to punch some things out of my system and of course lose some weight. The first day was tough, learning the basics of boxing, however the coach was really patient with me, “when I say upper cut, you raise…

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Find Strength in Vulnerability

Are you a self-aware, vulnerable leader? As a leader, have you ever said, “I don’t know,” or “I was wrong”? Instead, do you wear a public coat of armor, in order to avoid being vulnerable, being human? Contrary to conventional wisdom, vulnerability is not a weakness. Rather, it is more currently regarded as the surprising…

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Annoying People Are Everywhere

Trade irritation for curiosity and watch conflicts dissolve. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could feel deeply connected to and get along with every person in our lives? Sure it would … and I also want a unicorn. Some people will always rub you the wrong way. You’re stuck in the office with them. They’re…

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Offer Your Heart

Do you want control or do you want results? This question I first heard it from Erich Viedge when he was relating a story of his life in Toastmasters. I remember when my Aunt’s eldest son stayed with me in Johannesburg CBD. I remember the first day when he arrived setting the ground rules. “Carl,…

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Golden Quarter Challenge

Congratulations to the Heroes, winners of the Golden Quarter Challenge ! The Golden Quarter Trophy is awarded to the Division that sees the highest % growth in the first quarter of the Toastmasters year (July – September). Division H Director, Omega Mwanza, motivated and inspired her team of Area Directors and Club Leaders to ensure…

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