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Toastmasters helps dancer unlock stories and compete at 2023 World Championship of Public Speaking
By: Toastmasters International District 86
Winkler is originally from Windhoek, Namibia. Today, she lives in Tarragona, Spain, where she continues her personal growth as a member of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization devoted to leadership and communications development.
"Toastmasters has helped me to unlock many untold stories and to give them a voice. As a dancer, I spent years telling my stories through the body, now I write them and share them in expansive ways and with a global audience," Winkler says.
In 2019, Winkler was invited to visit ABC Toastmasters in Windhoek, by former club president Erica Mulondo. Winkler was impressed by how a "community of professionals from all walks of life came together to help everyone find their voice. I stayed because of the support, the encouragement, the challenge, and the platform to develop my communication skills, empower my voice and write our stories."
Winkler is a founding member of Leadership Speak, an online club with members around the world. It's based in District 86 of Toastmasters International, serving the southern Ontario area near Toronto.
The world championships are part of the 2023 Toastmasters International Convention, Aug. 16-19, 2023, in Nassau, Bahamas.
"I have learned that I am capable and that my stories matter. The rest is an ongoing process of learning how to skillfully craft an impactful message for a global audience," Winkler says.
Winkler's speech talks about living life with passion and purpose despite the twists and turns that can knock our dreams to the ground.
"Sometimes dreams may need to evolve, change shape or take a backseat, but that doesn't mean we must abandon them. As long as we live life passionately and purposefully - our dreams will follow us wherever we go and in whatever we do."
About Toastmasters District 86
Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario, comprising 119 community and corporate clubs with more than 2,000 members. The district supports clubs from London in the southwest to Owen Sound in the north; Waterloo Region and Guelph; and Niagara, Hamilton and parts of Mississauga in the Golden Horseshoe around Lake Ontario.
To learn more about District 86, visit toastmasters86.org. To find a Toastmasters club in District 86, visit https://toastmasters86.org/
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 280,000 in more than 14,700 clubs in 144 countries.
For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters (http://twitter.com/