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World Championship of Public Speaking

Toastmasters International2014 World Championship of Public Speaking

District 26 Toastmasters covering Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska convenes its Spring Conference tonight where our candidate for the International Speech Contest delegate for the Toastmasters International Convention will be selected. (There will be a Business Meeting also to work on the realignment of the District Areas and Divisions…)

Who will represent District 26 at the International Convention?
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About Mark Brown: 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mark Brown World Champion of Public SpeakingMark Brown

Mark Brown during a National Speakers Association Interview with Diane Bogino. (5:26 minutes)

Inspiring interview on the value of mentoring, his work with Youth, working with other speakers, and the  Some of the points discussed… Continue reading

Table Topics – Failure

FailureIs it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

This was the question for our contestants, in our recent club Table Topics Contest. We heard great answers ranging from the associated risk/reward, getting up when you fall down and no blueprint to follow. Continue reading

District 26 Toastmasters 2014 Spring Conference with Mark Brown!

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District 26 Toastmasters
2014 Spring Conference
is just around the corner!
May 16 & 17, 2014
Make Plans to attend now!

Early Bird Registration Coming Soon!

Keynote Speaker:
Mark Brown
1995 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mark Brown World Champion of Public Speaking“Mark Brown’s purpose is threefold: to touch your head and make you think, to touch your heart and make you feel, to touch your hands and make you act.”

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How Yvonne Bryant became 2011-2012 Toastmaster of the Year by Connie Akins

Yvonne-Bryant-2011-2012-Toastmaster-of-the-Year-District-26This past November, the new District 26 Toastmaster of the Year for 2012-2013 was selected and it has given me a moment to reflect on my past year as the out-going Toastmaster of the Year.

My friend Alan Swartz likes to kid me a bit because he knows I didn’t have a strong grasp of the honor when I was selected. (My Toastmaster journey only started in February of 2010.) For me, it was a special honor to be selected for doing something I love to do…help other people while also growing organizations using my unique set of skills.

The District 26 Toastmaster of the Year is selected from ~3,000 members across Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska. The selection process starts at the club level, moves up to the Area, then Division, and finally the District level. The surprise announcement was even more so as I knew that I had not made it past one of those levels! The outgoing District Governor, then Mr. Norm Frickey, made the final selection.

The honor is bestowed upon a member for Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service.

For those who would like to know a little of what lead to my nomination and selection, I have provided a pdf version of the article in the District Dialogue and a copy of the article by Connie Akins below.

District 26 Toastmaster of the Year

by Connie Akins, ACS, CL

It’s the District Conference Hall of Fame Luncheon, and it is almost time to announce the Toastmaster of the Year award.

Alan Swartz and his wife,Connie,are whispering up a storm at their table.

“Who do you think it will be this year, honey?” whispers Connie.

“Oh, it just has to be Yvonne!”

“Really? Yvonne Bryant? She is amazing!”

“She has done SO much for the F-1 Area. For instance she has:

  • Set up officer training conference calls to make sure all her club officers were getting trained.
  • She’s been working with all her clubs to help each one build membership and PR programs.
  • She also uses Drop Box to make available all kinds of templates for all her clubs to use.”

“Wow!” Connie only half whispers, “She did all that?”

“Much more than that! She also:

  • Made up a One-Sheet with all the clubs and their contact info to hand out to groups and individuals that might be looking for a club to join.
  • She made up an F-1 calendar based on the District calendar to help her clubs get connected into being a part of our whole District.
  • On top of all of that, Yvonne would get the names from Tom Hobbs of people who were interested in starting new clubs and call them and help them understand the process.
  • She’s always promoting, encouraging,training and assisting clubs and officers wherever she goes. And her clubs are really spread out! Sometimes she even has to stay overnight.”

“My gosh! She is more amazing than I realized!”

“Well, there’s even more,like helping her people connect their Toastmasters lives with the other groups they’re in, helping clubs develop their own club culture, showing officers how to set up their
websites and on and on.”

“Yvonne better win! I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it more. Plus she is the nicest, kindest person!” whispers Connie one last time.

“And now” says Norm Frickey, Immediate Past District Governor, “the Toastmaster of the Year award goes to…Yvonne Bryant!”

Yvonne Bryant, CEO Motus Design GroupOriginal article: How Yvonne Bryant became 2011-2012 Toastmaster of the Year

Yvonne Bryant is a nationally recognized leader and consultant who enjoys speaking and training Executives and Entrepreneurs. She is based in Colorado where she operates her Executive Coaching and Business consulting practice, Motus Design Group, llc.
Yvonne was recognized as the 2011-2012 District 26 Toastmaster of the Year for Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska.