Don Rosom – One Toastmaster’s Journey
By Mathew Ratch ACG, ALB (Club 13)
When I recently had the opportunity to see Don Rosom give the keynote address at a Rotary Club of Regina luncheon on July 24th, I learned just how far he has come in his life as a leader and communicator.
Beginning life with shyness and a severe stutter, Don was frustrated by opportunities not being available to him. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Don did not have any tools to help him overcome his fears and weaknesses, so he simply accepted them and it took many years to find something that could help. He knew that he had great ideas and wanted to accomplish many things with his life. If Don was to succeed, he was going to have to conquer his fears. Toastmasters was one of the tools that has helped Don along his journey.
Don joined Toastmasters in 1971 and has spent years working very hard to better himself. Through his speeches and leadership projects, and in combination with speech therapy, Don has grown into a confident and effective communicator. He has served as an Area Director, competed in speech contests and achieved his Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) certification. Throughout his years in Toastmasters, Don has come a long way – he now enjoys speaking in public and has become a shining example of what Toastmasters can do to help its members. Don now prides himself on sharing his story and helping others overcome their own barriers.
Beyond Toastmasters and since retiring from SaskPower after 35 years of service, Don has ran his own business for over a decade and has become a leader in the real estate investor community. Through his Toastmasters journey Don has built the skills needed to be a better businessman and community member. What really stuck with me about Don’s story was that he focused on how his experiences could be used to encourage others to seek out ways to overcome their own fears. By seeking out help and surrounding himself with people he could learn from (such as fellow Toastmasters) Don has been able to accomplish amazing things.
In the next few weeks, Don will be traveling to Toronto to speak at a conference for the REAL Estate Investor Network (REIN) and will share his story of perseverance. He continues to learn and challenge himself every day and is currently well on his way to becoming an accredited professional public speaker – something he would never have thought possible all those years ago. As he mentioned in his speech “if you don’t conquer your own fears, fear will conquer you.”
For more information about Don, his life and accomplishments please visit his website: www.donrosom.com.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with over 352,000 members in 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program