Errol Leandre

Errol Leandre

This is the story of Errol Leandre a local resident who has made his way to the Semi-Finals of the Toastmasters International Speech Competition to be held

August 26th. In qualifying, Errol won both the District 47 International Speech and the Region 8 Quarter Finals.

So how did this Master Speaker overcome a speech impediment as he stuttered his way through many of his school years? What motivated that teenager to succeed allowing him to become the Project Manager for Dade County Schools as well as assistant Minister at a local church in Homestead? Well, that’s part of his inspirational speech that will be shared worldwide on August 26th. All I can divulge is a quote from a voice he heard at his lowest point…”accept what I allow.” With those words, Errol developed his God given talents to overcome his handicap.

We at the South Dade News Leader hope to follow up with a victory article after the convention that will be held on zoom instead of in Paris, France as originally planned.

In the meantime, what actually is Toastmasters? Where does it meet? Toastmasters Clubs can be found world-wide. There is one in Homestead plus another in Cutler Bay (Errol’s Club). For meeting information on both clubs e-mail

Being a member of your local Toastmaster Club can sharpen your hidden skills, build confidence as a speaker and leader, turn nervous energy into positive energy, all in a friendly atmosphere. As a former member I have seen amazing

results. Perhaps I’ll see you at a future meeting as I plan to rejoin.

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