Toastmasters: You’ve finished your DTM, now what?


Are you a Toastmaster who has completed their Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, or are getting close to doing so? Are you wondering, “what’s next?”

Good question.

I’ve heard and given a number of answers to this question, and here are some that I’ve found to be best:

1. Speak outside of your club more. Take your experience on the road. Offer to speak at non-Toastmaster groups, and also speak at other Toastmaster clubs. If you have a really well put-together presentation on a popular topic like networking, job hunting, social networking, or something else that could draw a crowd, offer to give that presentation at another club’s open house to help them attract guests. If you don’t, then put one together.

2. Keep giving manual speeches. Whether you use idea #1 or not, every speech you give in front of a Toastmaster’s audience should be a manual speech. I keep a CC manual handy all of the time, plus I’m usually working on one or two advanced manuals as well. Also, it’s okay if you give a speech you’ve given before. It will have changed a bit based on what you learned, and should always be a manual speech. Look here for more ideas on repeating CC manuals. Most importantly, others will see you working on the manuals. If it’s good enough for you, it’ll be good enough for them.

3. Take on additional leadership roles. Not just Division Governor or higher roles, but there are plenty of “operation little bit” roles you can take on too. Volunteer to help with registration at a contest or conference, be a contest master, judge, or help find a location for your area contest. Serve as an assistant Area Governor, conference chair, or webmaster. If you haven’t heard of a role you’d like to do, suggest it!

4. Mentor a leader. Help your Club President, Area Governor or District Governor to do a better job. Offer to be on someones HPL (High Performance Leadership) guidance committee.

5. Coach a club. You may have done this for your first DTM, or maybe not. But many clubs still need coaches, and even clubs in the 13-19 member range could use some unofficial coaching. Offer to help with a membership drive, or speak (as in idea #1).

6. Call me. Contact your District Governor if you have questions or ideas. I (they) can refer you to someone who could use your help and expertise. If you don’t want to bug your DG, call your Area or Division Governor first.

Completing your  DTM isn’t the end of the path. It’s the start of your journey as an experienced Toastmaster. Take advantage of your experience and strengths, and help others get the most from their Toastmasters membership.


  1. It’s quite encouraging to see another leader within Toastmasters summarize a discussion found on Linked In and then share such wisdom with others. Well done and good luck with this blog.

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