WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
WHOM DO YOU KNOW?
Toastmasters International is the world’s
leading leadership development and communications organization, with 350,000 members
in 142 countries. NSA founder Cavett Robert,
CSP, CPAE, was a Toastmaster and was
crowned the 1942 World Champion of Public
Many NSA members are accomplished
Toastmasters. The ideas in this article come
from five who have achieved one or both
of the highest designations or awards a
Toastmaster can achieve: Accredited Speaker
and World Champion of Public Speaking.
Darren LaCroix, CSP, won the 2001
World Champion of Public Speaking and
earned Accredited Speaker in 2016. He is
the first NSA member to hold the CSP and
the AS designations along with the World
Championship of Public Speaking.
Rochelle Rice, MA, CSP, NSA board
member, is the only woman in the world to
hold both the CSP and the AS designations.
Sheryl Roush earned Accredited
Speaker in 1993 and is a global ambassador
Ed Tate, CSP, is the 2000 World
Champion of Public Speaking.
Peter Barron Stark, CSP, earned the
Accredited Speaker in 1990.
All are devoted NSA members, and all
know a secret: Toastmasters is not a club
solely for rookies. It’s a powerhouse for practice. “There is enormous opportunity from
participating in both organizations,” says
Rice, who says the AS designation has played
a huge role in building her business.
Perhaps I am not alone in misjudging the
rigor of becoming an Accredited Speaker.
What I do know is that I grew exponentially
as a speaker because of the journey. And the
Some people think Toastmasters is
only for the beginning speaker. For many,
including some very accomplished NSA
members, it is a road worth traveling. Come
along and see for yourself.