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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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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