PHILIPSBURG:— Achieving the distinction of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is a goal that most toastmasters strive for. It is the penultimate status within the Toastmasters program. The program is comprised of a communication as well as a leadership track. Within the Communication track, there are a series of structured presentations to be given while the Leadership track is comprised of varying leadership roles that need to be completed. St. Maarten has been diligent in producing competent communicator and leaders and an eighth distinguished toastmaster has been added to its list, DTM Priscilla S. Bell.
DTM Priscilla, a civil servant, joined the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club in October of 2013. Because her various capacities on the job to make presentations, DTM Priscilla opted to empower herself and followed the program. Pacing herself to complete the program in an appropriate amount of time, she committed to completing three goals per Toastmaster year. In July 2016, she completed the Toastmaster program and was registered as a Distinguished Toastmaster as of October 2016.
DTM Priscilla has served her club as Vice President of Education, the District as Administration Manager (District Secretary) and is currently serving as an Area Director for three (3) of the clubs on St. Maarten and a fourth on St. Eustatius.
DTM Priscilla is also a member of the Phillipsburg Toastmaster club which is the oldest club on the island. She credits her success to the program to the tremendous support received from all the clubs on the island. “Every time I experience someone’s presentation, I learn something new about giving presentations,” she said, “Like a lot of people I too was hesitant to speak publicly, I was afraid of failure, my compulsion to do a good job was keeping me stagnant. In my Toastmaster journey, I gave presentations that were applauded but I also gave presentations that were total disasters—everything that could have wrong, did. I was living my nightmare, it would have been easy to quit, but I had to hold tight to my “why” I was doing this and dig deeper. It is obvious that my failures have contributed just as significantly to my success. ”
Looking back at the journey, DTM Priscilla describes it as “priceless”; while the workplace is designed to be cut throat—with an ‘every man for himself’ mentality, every Toastmaster meeting puts you in the company of other determined persons who are pushing you to be successful. There is not a Toastmaster who has not contributed in one way or another to her completing this program. Everyone who evaluated timed or made her conscious of her use of fillers or came out to meetings and encouraged her to the lectern.
Anyone who wishes to improve their communication and leadership skills is encouraged to visit any of the six (6) Toastmaster clubs on the island.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
Soualiga’s newest Distinguished Toastmaster.