By Randie Ellington,
The Toastmasters International District 57 of Northern Fall Conference recently featured Dana LaMon, an internationally-known motivational speaker and author who has inspired audiences around the world, from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa, Botswana, and over 30 states.
About 250 Toastmasters attended the conference, held Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, participating in business meetings and educational sessions on Toastmaster quality club experiences and improved speaking techniques.
LaMon has been a professional speaker for 21 years. In 1992, he earned the distinction of World Champion of Public Speaking, from Toastmasters International, winning the annual International Speech contest. The following year Toastmasters awarded him the Accredited Speaker designation, an accolade given to only 65 Toastmasters in the organization’s 88-year history.
Blind since the age of four, LaMon grew up in Compton, California, one of 12 siblings, and now lives in Lancaster, California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Southern California.
He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1978. He served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Department of Social Services from 1981 to 2010. LaMon is the author of several motivational books, including, “Making the Moment Meaningful: Creating a Path to Purpose and Fulfillment,” and “The Soul’s Mirror: Reflections on the Fullness of Life.”
LaMon speaks to a wide range of audiences, from corporate executives to kindergarten students and from religious congregations to prison inmates. To learn more about LaMon go to his website: http://www.danalamon.com/
The conference was capped off with a Humorous Speech Contest and The Evaluation Contest. Several local Toastmasters competed in the District contest finals, including Toastmasters Esther Chambers, (Evaluations), Patrick Lee and KSuzanne Massey (Humorous Speech).
In order to be among the six finalists in each category, a Toastmaster would have already won their Club, Area and Division contests. Members from over 150 clubs from Southern Alameda County to the Oregon border participate in the annual fall contests.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in 1924, the organization currently has more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit www.toastmasters.org.