Heart of a Toastmaster

True stories by, for and about members of Toastmasters International

You will be touched and inspired reading these personal stories—as you share the pride, spirit, and Heart of a Toastmaster!

Enjoy 15 amazing Chapters featuring 145 submissions from 133 Contributors in 256 pages, from around the globe, compiled by Toastmaster member since 1987 Sheryl L. Roush.

Download the first story on the book, here entitled "Homer" by Helen Blanchard, The First Lady of Toastmasters, abbreviated from her book, Breaking The Ice.


People often ask me why I stay a member of Toastmasters.The reason is simple—it’s because of the many members whom I’ve seen change from nervous and shy beginners lacking in self-confidence, to people who can march out into the big world and make their mark in so many ways. I’m always surprised at how quickly this change happens, and even more delighted to see it happen in front of my eyes. The stories in this book simply prove that these changes in people are universal, and not confined to any country, culture or club. Toastmasters is the greatest catalyst for positive personal change that I know of, and all of us have a duty to share this invaluable information.This book will help enormously in doing so.
~ TED CORCORAN
, DTM, INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT 2003–2004

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People talking…

Heart of a Toastmaster is your road map to success. Inside these pages you will find your passion, power and perspective. If you are already a Toastmaster, these anecdotes will inspire you on your communication and leadership development journey. If you are not yet a Toastmaster, these stories will show you the path to reach your full potential. Sheryl Roush has once again compiled amazing true-life examples that will touch your heart, soothe your soul and add sparkle to your life.”

~ GARY SCHMIDT, DTM,
2009–2010 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

“I believe that if you want to set yourself apart from others, you have to develop your public speaking skills. Like energy drinks for your body, Sheryl Roush’s Heart of a Toastmaster awakens and unleashes the thunder in you to ways of achieving your goal. Real-life stories are captured here. Sound the alarm! You’ll be glad you read this book.”
~ RITCHIE CHONG, DTM, PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR

“Who has not heard inspirational stories of how Toastmasters-empowered people reach incredible heights? Some climbed the career ladder three steps at a time. Others rescued their marriage as they learned how to listen. And again, others made the world a better place after discovering their voice and self-esteem. And now, here is this powerful book with heart-warming Toastmasters stories. A word of warning: They will get under your skin! They will make you very proud to be a Toastmaster. And if you are not one yet, these stories will get you over the tipping point and you will sign up right away.”
~ MONIQUE BLOKZYL, ACG, CL

“A truly inspiring book with relevant success stories of individuals who believed in the Toastmasters vision. The book narrates how the benefits of Toastmasters activities and communication skills changed these individuals’ destiny and made them successful people. This is more than a motivational book—it’s a realistic and life-changing transcript.”
~ SONNY VARGHESE, DTM, PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR,
2010–2011 REGION ADVISOR

Heart of a Toastmaster will be an inspiration for new and seasoned Toastmasters worldwide. The stories shared are timeless and heartwarming, and many people will be able to relate to them because of their real-life experiences of how Toastmasters changed their lives.”
~ GLORIA SHISHIDO, DTM, 2014-2016 INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR

“In May of 1985, I was a graduating senior at the University of California and needed help with job interviews and a graduation speech. I joined Toastmasters, believing a brief membership would help improve my public speaking skills. But I never left. The supportive, positive club environment engaged me, inspired me and empowered me—building confidence for a lifetime of leadership and service.”
~ MICHAEL NOTARO, DTM,
2011–2012 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

“In reading Heart of a Toastmaster, I thought I was reading about my own experiences. In my 60 years as a Toastmaster, I found that Toastmasters opens the doors to success! It certainly did it for me, and it can do it for you. This book will inspire you to realize your true potential.”
~ BENNIE BOUGH, DTM,
1992–1993 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Heart of a Toastmaster is the perfect blend of wisdom and motivation. You can’t read these captivating stories without being inspired to make your life a little better. It is a must-own for any Toastmaster, but it will also speak to anyone looking for some inspiration.”
~ MIKE SCHARFF, ACB

“This book will further help you to develop your communication and leadership skills. These are empowering stories of personal growth through Toastmasters. Heart of a Toastmaster is all heart!”
~ JOYCE PERSICHILLI, DTM,
2010–2012 REGION ADVISOR, 2016-17 DISTRICT 5 DIRECTOR

“Wow! Sheryl Roush and her fantastic contributing authors have created a must-read book for the Toastmaster, those considering Toastmasters or those just looking for inspiration. My wife and I have read many of the books in Sheryl’s Heart Book Series and we believe that Heart of a Toastmaster is the finest to date.”
~ RICK DANZEY, DTM, PAST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR

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