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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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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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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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