Toastmasters Need to “RESET”

Dr. Fred L. Johnson III is an award-winning public speaker. He delivers inspirational and educational talks to audiences of all backgrounds and sizes. His topics focus on military history, leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. As he notes on his website, “Across functional fields, one thing is certain: success is determined by leadership.” He became a Toastmaster, and advanced to the semifinals of the  Toastmasters World Series of Public Speaking eight times. In both 2017 and 2018 he took second place.

Awards and Honors

While teaching at hope College in Michigan, Dr. Fred L. Johnson III earned various awards, including Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award (2013). In November 2019, the Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded Dr. Johnson with the Medal of Honor. This is the most prestigious award that the DAR presents.

The Hope College campus news noted that the DAR Medal of Honor “is given to an adult man or woman who is a United States citizen by birth and has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service, and patriotism. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by giving of himself or herself to his or her community, state, country, and fellowman.”

Toastmasters During COVID

For the past several years, Toastmasters across the world have been recovering from the challenge of COVID-19. Clubs inspired audiences through creative uses of technology. Speakers learned techniques for delivering powerful messages through a camera. Many people created video content through discovery of talents which might have gone unnoticed.

Attend His Presentation on April 20th

Dr. Johnson feels that some of the “magic” that made Toastmasters’ gatherings so special has diminished or disappeared. It’s time for a RESET.

Join Dr.Johnson as he discusses the benefits of combining lessons learned during the pandemic with the fundamentals of Toastmasters organic strengths and leveraging them to sustain the “magic” that has been so essential in making Toastmasters a premier organization for public speaking and leadership development excellence in the 21st Century.

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Author: Lock Lyon

Lock Lyon has been a Toastmaster for over 10 years, and is a prolific author and blogger specializing in information technology issues. In 2021, Lock was designated an Information Champion by IBM Corporation. He currently spends his time writing and speaking from his home in central Michigan.

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