Come Back to Toastmasters

Come Back to Toastmasters 101

Peole leave Toastmasters clubs for many reasons.  What reasons do we have for them to come back to Toastmasters?

In today’s podcast, we have interviewed past District 10 Governor Deonna More Taylor.  She’s a 7.5 time DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award) with the next one just one project away from completion.

Deonna More Taylor, DTM x 7

Deonna Moore Taylor is a bestselling author, award-winning Deonna More Taylor DTM Toastmasters 101 guestprofessional and motivational speaker, executive consultant, and certified life, executive and mindfulness coach. Deonna has consulted, delivered training solutions and worked with Fortune 500 companies, colleges, and non-profit organizations. Her professional portfolio includes Cleveland Clinic, Progressive Insurance, Rockwell Automation, CVS Caremark, Smithers Quality Assessments, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Girl Scouts USA, NASA, and Maximus.

In 2016, Deonna started Dempsey Consulting Group (Now DMT Consulting and Coaching), and in 2018 organized H.E.R.Lead Network, a non-profit organization. Deonna’s specializations are Information Technology Services and Education, and provides strategic and operational leadership consulting, change management, organizational psychology, branding, and client relationship management. Deonna is also certified to provide coaching and counseling for women and minority start-up businesses.

Deonna is a member of several organizations in the community. However, her biggest service history to date was with Toastmasters International, where she is a seven-time minted Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest educational award a Toastmaster can receive. A member since April 2008, Deonna has served in several leadership positions at the club, district and international level. She made history by being elected unopposed to all three top-level leadership positions consecutively and was the second woman of color to be elected District Director in 2012.  Her honors in the organization include 2017 District 10 Toastmaster of the Year, 2016 Division Director of the Year, Excellence in Education and Training, and Triple Crown Award for Marketing and Education. Deonna has also received several District Director Awards for her contributions and service.

Deonna is an active member in Order of Eastern Star. She is the Worthy Matron of Morning Star #4. She is also an active member of Heroines of Jericho. On January 19, 2020, Deonna became an ordained Reverend and serves in several ministries at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Larry L. Harris, Sr.

Deonna is included in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Who’s Who in Black Cleveland Publications. She was inducted into the Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Forty/40 Club in 2014 and has received other notable awards from several local and national organizations. In addition to co-authoring three bestselling books, Deonna is a contributing writer for several magazines, blogs, and online publications.

Daughter of Deacon Dempsey (Deceased) and Deaconess Genie Moore, Deonna was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and is a 1996 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. She attended The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University – Weatherhead School of Management. She is currently finishing her degree in Healthcare Administration at Ursuline College. Deonna completed her studies in Christian Education and Pastoral Counseling at Moody Bible Institute.

A resident of Northeast Ohio, Deonna is married to Lenard Taylor, and they are the parents of two sons, Jacob and Asa.

Come Back to Toastmasters

Whatever your reasons for leaving, it may be time for you to come back to Toastmasters.

Our new education program has new projects for you to customize your Toastmasters learning experience.

If you’re like me, you need someplace to practice the skills you need with online platforms.  Using presentation software with Zoom isn’t always as simple as it should be.  We give you the space to learn!

When You Come Back to Toastmasters

You’re going to find that things have changed.  Deonna and Kim talk about how the pandemic and isolation can cause problems and how Toastmasters can help.

If you need help finding a club, try the Find a Club page and use the Advanced search options for club times that suit your schedule.  With most clubs continuing to meet online for the foreseeable future, you might find there’s a club at the perfect time for you – on the other side of the country.  Or you might wish to visit clubs in different nations.  You’ll find links to Toastmasters clubs around the world in that directory.

Joining Toastmasters and learning about Pathways

If you’ve been gone long, Toastmasters may look entirely new to you.  Our new education program, Pathways, is based on the latest education technology.  If you were used to printed manuals, you’ll find that these new speech paths and projects are a big step into the 21st century.  We use videos and new methods to help our members develop the skills they need today, without ignoring the basics.

When you come to a meeting, it’s still the same – except perhaps we’re online.  Prepared speakers, Table Topics, and evaluations are still a part of every meeting.  You’re welcome to join in – those impromptu speaking skills will come back to you!

When you rejoin Toastmasters, you will have to pay an additional fee for your Pathway online training materials.  Some paths are available in print format at this time in some languages.  If you need help making a choice or learning how to use the program, we will be glad to help you make the transition to the new platform.

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Toastmasters 101 is a podcast production of Toastmasters District 10.

You might know a person who is considering joining Toastmasters but just isn’t convinced that it’s worth the money and effort right now.  How about you invite him to come to a few more meetings and talk about their goals.  Once we know what people are looking for, we may be able to help them discover how Toastmasters can help them, too.

Or you could suggest they listen to the Toastmasters 101 podcast.  You can find us on the web at Toastmaster 101 dot net, or we can be found on almost all podcast player apps.  We’re trying to get on some more international platforms, so let me know if there’s a place where you think we should be found.

Talk to you again on Toastmasters 101 podcast.