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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.

Summit Toastmasters Celebrating 25th Anniverasy

Jim Shaw, Pat Moore & Tom Hobbs

Co-Presidents Jim Shaw & Pat Moore receiving 25th anniversary recognition from incoming District 26 District Governor Tom Hobbs, DTM

Summit Toastmasters is celebrating its 25th anniversary this July serving members across Summit County. Continue reading

District 26 January-February 2013 Toastmaster Leadership Institutes

from Tom Hobbs, The Man in the Hat
District 26 Lt. Gov. Education and Training

Is your club worthy of Vibrant Meetings?

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

  1.  When club officers attend Officer Training (Toastmaster Leadership Institute – TLI) in the current Officer Term, the club is always vibrant and has a continuous flow of guests.
  2.  Club officer trainings fill requirements for the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) 

 All members are welcome to attend.

Guests are FREE too!

 Upcoming Toastmasters Leadership Institutes

District 26 Toastmasters Leadership Institute Presenters WANTED!

from Tom Hobbs, The Man in the Hat
District 26 Lt. Gov. Education and Training

 Presenters wanted!



Toastmasters Leadership Institutes

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Tips for Holiday Toasts From Toastmasters


Tom Hobbs - The Man in the Hat

Forwarded from Tom Hobbs, District 26 Lt. Governor of Marketing

(AKA… The Man in the Hat)

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Toastmasters International, which over the past 87 years has helped millions of men and women become more confident speakers and leaders, offers tips to help your holiday toasts be heartfelt and memorable.

The most important piece of advice: Be yourself and be sincere.

“Speaking from the heart is the key to a great toast,” says Michael Notaro, president of Toastmasters International. “Consider sharing a personal anecdote or story that moves the audience to deeper reflection.”

Speak in a conversational tone and make eye contact with the audience. Be brief — a toast should last no longer than three minutes — and customize your comments for the occasion. “For instance, share a few words on what makes the holiday or event special to you and others assembled,” says Notaro.

If you are toasting a guest of honor, be sure to focus on that person — and not yourself, says Christine Clapp, a Toastmaster and public-speaking coach. In her article “Celebration Season,” published in the December 2011 issue of the Toastmaster magazine, she says a toast-giver should talk about “how great the person is, and not what that great person means to you or how he or she makes you feel. The former makes the toast about them; the latter makes it about you.”

A few other toasting tips:

  • Be prepared. Discuss details with the event organizer. Become acquainted with the room, the audience and your equipment.
  • Practice the toast in advance with a friend.
  • Use humor, but make it tasteful and appropriate. Don’t say anything that could possibly offend or embarrass anyone present.
  • Avoid alcohol until after the toast.
  • Stand, lift your filled glass by the stem and say, “I’d like to propose a toast.” Pause to allow guests to shift their attention toward you and lift their glasses. When you start speaking, lower your glass about waist high.

Giving a toast is a chance to put your personal stamp on a special occasion. Your words will be appreciated!

 About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.

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