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.
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.
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