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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:36

What are the benefits of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster?

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If doesnt challenge you TI graphicI agree with William Vietinghoff. It has been very much a journey experience for me rather than a destination.

I earned my DTM back in 2008 and am a couple tasks short of earning my second one.

Years ago, a TM colleague of mine, likened the Communications Program to attending elementary school. The Advanced Program, was likened to secondary school. Earning your DTM was analogous to entering university.

My DTM didn’t make me an expert at communicating or leadership. However, by the time I got to that point it had reduced my fears and inhibitions to the point that I was willing to take chances and opportunities.

I see my DTM as being the first part to my advanced learning. Since then I continue to work on the communication side of the program. In addition to completing the projects in the advanced program working towards another DTM, I have also completed sixteen Competent Communicator manuals.

From the value of the journey’s perspective, besides delivering lots of speeches, I was also quite active in the leadership side. I have served as Area Governor X2, Division Governor X2, LGET (Lieutenant Governor of Education & Training), District Governor and Past District Governor. I have also served as a club officer in 22 of my 23 years as a member.

Each position, up until Past District Governor, provided specific challenges that often took me out of my comfort zone.

When I first joined Toastmasters, my mantra was “That what doesn’t kill you …. makes you stronger.” As I progressed in the program I changed it to “That which challenges you… makes you stronger!”

There is value in setting a long-range goal and working towards achieving it.

Enjoy your journey. I hope yours will be as challenging as mine has.

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

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