July 1, 2013 – I am a DTM !

On July 1st, 2013, it became official:

I am a DTM,
a Distinguished Toastmaster.

To explain what this means, here is the letter that Toastmasters International emailed to my business to announce the achievement.

Dear Employer,

I am pleased to inform you that Mark Henkel has been recognized as a Distinguished Toastmaster for participation in the Toastmasters International educational program.

Distinguished Toastmaster recognition is the greatest honor that can be earned by a member of the Toastmasters organization. To receive the honor, a member must have participated in Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership Program and met other rigorous requirements. Members must conduct several seminar-style programs, serve as a leader at several different organizational levels, form or rebuild a Toastmasters club, and complete other challenging tasks. To achieve Distinguished Toastmaster status involves years of study, dedication, self-discipline, and active participation in the Toastmasters organization.

By achieving Distinguished Toastmaster recognition, Toastmaster Henkel has developed and sharpened effective communication and leadership skills, and applied these skills in professional and community activities to the benefit of others.

Only a few of the more than 260,000 members of our organization ever achieve this recognition. I know that the remarkable accomplishment of Toastmaster Henkel will be of special interest to you and your associates.


Daniel Rex
Executive Director

Out of those rare few Toastmasters who do achieve the DTM, it usually takes them 7 – 15 years to achieve. I was able to achieve this in less than three years. Needless to say, I am stoked!

So, now I can put these letters after my name:

Mark Henkel, DTM

3 thoughts on “July 1, 2013 – I am a DTM !

  1. In order to complete the DTM, the final award I had to complete was the ALS, the Advanced Leader Silver. Here is the letter that was emailed to my business as I achieved that award.

    Dear Employer,

    I am pleased to inform you that through participation in the Toastmasters International leadership program, Mark A. Henkel has earned the status of Advanced Leader Silver.

    Advanced Leader Silver recognition is the highest award in Toastmasters’ leadership program. To earn the Advanced Leader Silver recognition, a member has completed our High Performance Leadership program, influencing and motivating followers to achieve a mission or goal. The member also has completed other demanding roles, including starting or rebuilding a Toastmasters club, and serving as a district officer in the organization.

    Completing these requirements involves several years of study and activity. By achieving Advanced Leader Silver recognition, Toastmaster Henkel has shown a commitment to excellence in leadership.

    I know you will be pleased to learn of the recognition and abilities of Toastmaster Henkel.


    Daniel Rex
    Executive Director

    As soon as I had been awarded that ALS,
    I was then simultaneously awarded the DTM.

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