If you ask any professional about their field of expertise, they'll tell you, "there's an art" to it. Crafting a presentation is no different.
Joel Dawson joined toastmasters in July of 2013. He attended every meeting, but never gave a speech. He was asked to compete in the table topic contest at the fall conference. Feeling coerced in to competing he decided that toastmasters just wasn’t for him. He decided that after the conference he was going to quit. At the conference, something magical happened. Joel went back to his club with renewed vigor and decided that he wanted to become a professional speaker and that he did. Joel achieved his DTM designation in 18 months but he didn’t stop there. His ultimate goal was to be one of the best speakers in the world! Last year Joel accomplished that by placing 2nd in the semifinals of the 2016 World Championship of Public speaking. His record as a toastmaster is admired by many. Here are some notable accomplishments:
2013-District 68 Runner-up Table Topics.
2014-District 68 Runner-up International Speech Contest.
2014-15 President Evangeline Toastmasters making them President’s Distinguished 10 out of 10 for the first time in club’s history.
2015 Story-Slam Champion "The Moth-New Orleans".
2015 District 68 Table Topics Champion.
2016 District 68 International Speech Champion.
2016 2nd Place in 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinalist.
2017 District 68 Club Growth Director -President's Distinguished
2017 Featured in the June issue of toastmaster magazine.