The Distinguished Toastmaster Award


If you join Toastmasters, your first goal should be to achieve the Competent Communicator award, which you receive after completing 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual.     There are three additional communication-based awards after that:   Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver, Advanced Communicator Gold.    Each of these additional award levels requires doing 10 speeches, 5 from each of 2 advanced manuals, plus some additional requirements that increase as the level goes up.

Your second goal after being a Toastmaster should be to achieve the Competent Leadership award, which you receive after completing 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manual.    There are two additional leadership-based awards after that:   Advanced Leadership Bronze, Advanced Leadership Silver.    The Competent Leadership award is obtained by taking on leadership roles in the Toastmasters meetings; the Advanced Leadership Bronze award is obtained by taking on a leadership role at the club level as one of the 7 club officer roles required to keep the club functioning.    The Advanced Leadership Silver award is obtained by fulfilling the three following requirements:

  1. Be a club coach, mentor, or sponsor
  2. Be a district level officer–usually starting out by being an area director
  3. Complete a High Performance Leadership Project

The first and second requirements can take anywhere from a few months (like being a club sponsor) to a year (being an area director or an club coach).   The High Performance Leadership Project can be completed in anywhere from a month or so to over a year, depending on the complexity of the project.

Once you complete the three requirements, you get the Advanced Leadership Silver award, which, if you combine it with having received the Advanced Communication Gold award, makes you automatically eligible to receive the Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest level of personal achievement in the Toastmasters educational award system.   It shows you have completed a total of 7 awards, 4 communication awards and 3 leadership awards.

The reason why I’m writing this post is to say that, for most people, the third requirement for the Advanced Leadership Silver award, the High Performance Leadership Project, is the last hurdle they need to overcome before obtaining the Advanced Leadership Silver award, which then makes them eligible for the Distinguished Toastmaster award.

This is what my situation was and in the next post, I want to describe what I did for my High Performance Leadership Project, which I finished yesterday (Saturday, January 16th) and thus making me eligible to finally become a Distinguished Toastmaster …

 

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One Response

  1. Bravo Jerome….so the DTM is forthcoming. As for me, I am still at ACS, CL..a long way to DTM. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

    On Monday, January 18, 2016, 4squareviews wrote:

    > Jerome Rowley posted: “If you join Toastmasters, your first goal should be > to achieve the Competent Communicator award, which you receive after > completing 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual. There are > three additional communication-based awards after that: A” >

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