I’m putting together a speech for Wednesday to help me finish off my Storytelling manual.  2 more speeches there and I’ll have my Advanced Comunicator Bronze designation.  (ACB)

I used to be ALL about the letters.  I think part of it for me is that I never got any letters after my name from college or university.  (In case you hadn’t noticed yet, I have issues because I don’t have a post-secondary education.)  At one point, getting my DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) was my ultimate goal.  The DTM is the highest award a Toastmaster can get and it typically takes 5-8 years to get it.  Some people have rushed through the program and gotten their DTM in a year or two and it is my opinion that those rushed letters are not as well earned or well learned as those taken with deliberateness.   The DTM is still a goal but it’s not one I’m rushing towards.  I think I’m in for life so I have lots of time.

(This is my friend Jay Kiew, at 22, he received the designation of world’s youngest DTM.  I know he put the work in.)

One might say the same about the Worlds and I have to tell you, I’m feeling awfully tired and lazy today, I can feel the PMS monster lurking around the bend, but I’m still going to finish reading through the rest of my journals in the next few days.

After that I will be transcribing what I’ve read into my tape recorder and graphing it so I can see what predominates.

I’m a little bit freaked out because our club will be giving a youth leadership program with my daughter’s home school group this January.  Now the YLP is a breeze- I have all the work done from the last YLP I did 2 years ago.  I have the notes, the templates, everything, and I will only be assisting the coordinator anyway.

But what I’ve gone and done is take on a brand freakin’ new, test program for JUNIOR youth and THEY will be the bulk of the children taking the program.  And I told the coordinator that I would take those kids on alone because I didn’t want her to be overwhelmed.  So I’ve got to put this bloody program together and GUESS when it’s going to have to be done- that’s right- over the bleeping holidays.  I emailed them numerous times months ago so I could avoid this predicament but only received the numbers for the kids TODAY.  Currently, I do not feel motivated to give this workshop, I only feel pissed off.

That will change I hope, but it’s not changing today.  I’ll have to buckle down one or two full days over Christmas and get it all done.

The speech I’m giving on Wednesday is not my own work- it is an old story (for the project “The Moral of the Story”) that I have re-written in my own words.  It’s only a short speech- 4-6 minutes and I do not feel motivated to practice for this either.

But I’ll do it anyway.


ACB, DTM, PMS, sounds like one crazy alphabet soup.


Alakazam.  Thank you God, for the magic.

I have to tell you I was NOT enjoying the writing process very much at ALL with that last humorous (???  !!!)  speech.  It felt like I had been dragged through the mud and all that mire was drying on me and I could barely move.  Muddy.  The whole thing was muddy.

My husband Lloyd suggested the idea for the speech that I’m working on now.  It seemed positively providential and I was actually giggling as I was writing it last night.  It was not a struggle and my fingers flew across the keyboard.  I was chomping at the bit for Lloyd to get home today so I could read it to him.  It was so. much. fun.   I’m excited about all the little changes I can make along the way to make it better, tighter, funnier.

I have to thank God for my husband who is a Toastmaster by Osmosis.  He is the one who listens to all of my ideas and lets me know honestly if they are any good or not.  He also has some great ideas of his own which I have no problem borrowing.  Lloyd hears about all my meetings when I get home from TM, knows all the drama and fun.  He has had to listen to evaluations of other people’s speeches AND a ton of educational material.  He knows about the structure of the TM leadership and he can probably name at least 5 World Champions of Public Speaking.

All things considered, he should get his DTM before I do.


It’s fun again.  That’s all that matters.  I can’t wait to share it with my Toastmasters family.  Thank you God, for the magic.