3 Breakout Speakers at Conference

Nathan Hickman, Crystal Mosher and Anna Donahue will be the Breakout Speakers this year. Here is a breakdown of their bios and presentations.

Nathan Hickman has experience as a Club Officer, Area Director, Division Director and Pathways Guide. He has a weekly 30 minute podcast with a company out of New York. https://taketimeto-be.com/podcast-series and he has appeared on the Shelley Irwin Show 3 times.  

He shared his powerful story about why he became a writer, speaker and podcaster: “I’m proof that you can learn to control your emotions no matter the situation. Through the midnight reflections of my late brother’s life, I discovered three main principles in life.”

Nathan was diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, and Bi-Polar Disorder in 1996 and in his early ’20s, life was hard enough as a young adult without these challenges. 

At the end of 2012, Nathan reached a critically low part of his life. Paralyzed with anxiety, he struggled to get through each day. Adding to the complexity of Nathan’s mental illness, his only brother died a little over a year later after struggling with physical disabilities.

Nathan was mad and thought about his brother, “He didn’t deserve this life of hardship and pain.” 

Nearly “chained” to his bed, Nathan couldn’t read, watch TV or listen to music. Lost for days in the silence and loneliness of his thoughts, he began to write a journal. “As I wrote about my brother’s life, a change occurred. I started to see my brother’s life and then my life through a lens of gratitude. I focused on what was right and not what was wrong. I began living in the moment more often.” 

“I’m now living my best life. It’s not perfect, and I struggle regularly. Still, I accept life’s challenges and choose to focus on what I do have and what I can do, which allows me to live an imperfect life, perfectly.”

I desperately want to help you stop the “Next Day” roller coaster you may be riding and teach you how to gain resilience and begin enjoying life’s little moments more often. 

The title of Nathan’s Breakout Session is “Leadership through Listening and Empowerment.” His objectives are geared towards leaders who are the first to speak where they should be the last to gain wisdom from the group and to gain credibility while allowing others to feel their opinions matter. 

Nathan plans on sharing:

  • Empowering our group members with the ability to do their best work and stay engaged – using their skills and understanding their strengths. Setting up group members for success. 
  • The art of listening and what it takes to be a leader and how leadership is misunderstood.
  • Creating measurable goals and regular coaching and follow up on success towards goals – often the group is left without direction, guidance and coaching 
  • The importance and art of follow up – that feels empowering to group members instead of feeling top down pressure dynamics 
  • The power of connection to withstand differences in group dynamics 
Crystal Mosher enjoyed a previous career as a pink car driver for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Then she spent an entire decade convincing audiences that“Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels” when she worked as a Weight Watcher Lecturer.

Crystal spent 16 years with Woman’s Life Insurance Society inspiring women to give back to their community as they planned ahead for their secure financial future.

Crystal has a husband, a daughter and 3 magnificent grandchildren. She is recently retired and excelling at doing what she wants when she wants. Right now she wants to talk to you about getting your Toastmaster Club noticed in your community!

“Let’s Get Visible” is the title of her speech. Crystal says, “I’m interested in recruiting new members and teaching others how to recruit with success.”

She will talk about where we find prospects and what we say to invite them to a Toastmasters Meeting and how to follow up.

She will work with the audience to create a 1 minute elevator speech answering the question “What is Toastmasters?”

She will also work with the audience to share succinctly with an interested prospect the price point of Toastmasters, how to give the opportunity to join Toastmasters for a full year instead of only 6 months.

The results are to expand your circle of influence and make new friends in your Toastmasters Club.

Anna Donahue joined Toastmasters to learn how to speak confidently about her experience as a successful commissioned artist. Now, thanks to Toastmasters, Anna has a new coaching business designed to share her knowledge with fellow artists. 
Anna Donahue, DTM

Not only did Toastmasters lead her through the educational achievement for a DTM award but also gave professional experience in leadership skills. She has held the offices of Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager and Web Administrator.

Anna’s presentation is titled “We Are Creative Creatures; Use Creativity to Engage Your Audience.” Creativity is something that we all process and need to learn how to use effectively. Find out how to tap your creative genius and use it to propel yourself to success and to influence the people you care about. Anna will share her knowledge on using creativity to engage your audience.

Key Takeaways include:

  • How to use your creativity for success
  • Understanding your creative genius
  • How to live creatively to influence the people around you

Author: Anna Donahue, DTM

I joined Toastmasters in February, 2016 because I wanted to learn how to feel comfortable speaking in public and talking about my new art business called ArtistEntrepreneurs.org. Since then I have given speeches to large and small groups, recorded webinars for online distribution and held workshops for artists who are interested in learning what I know about the "business of art." Toastmasters has helped me to become comfortable in any environment and to take on leadership positions with success. I had no idea how far Toastmasters would take me and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn and grow with the encouragment of fellow professionals. For the Toastmaster year of 2019-2020, I was awarded Toastmaster of the Year after taking on many leadership roles at the district level. 

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