I had the awesome opportunity to be a guest of Stephen Shaner on his podcast – Are You Awesome Today?
Stephen is a friend and fellow Toastmaster who lives in middle Tennessee. He has written a book call The Art of Being Awesome! His book was one of the inspirations I had to complete my book! You can find his book on Amazon, and it is a motivational short read.
He is also known as the Attitude “Chiropractor”. I have found that he just has a way of navigating folks to a more positive attitude just by talking to him!
In episode 1 we spoke about the seasons of life. Seasons is the last chapter of my book Blackberry Wisdom, and a great topic to discuss with friends.
On Monday, 11 Oct 21 I gave the last required speech to earn my DTM or Distinguished Toastmaster award! I have now completed 2 Toastmasters pathways and what a journey it has been!
Less than 1% of all Toastmasters ever earn the DTM. Why? Well because it is hard, it takes time and dedication, and it takes help from others along the way.
I shared in my speech the accomplishments I had in and outside Toastmasters, as well as the lessons I have learned. I will share a few of the highlights below but the full speech is available in the YouTube video.
Leadership Development – 2019
Presentation Mastery – 2021
Pellissippi Toastmasters Club President 2019-20
Pellissippi Toastmasters Club President 2021-22
Area 23 director 2020-21
Youth Leadership Program for the Emerald Youth Foundation 2021
Club Mentor for G3 2021
Toastmasters has a proven system for developing communication and leadership skills.
Pathways is the Toastmasters education system for developing communication skills, while club and district roles develop leadership skills.
DTM is the AWARD, but experiences along the journey is the REWARD !