This week’s edition of Faces of Four features Division D Director Chris Wilson. Chris has been in Toastmasters for a number of years and not only belongs to several clubs but also belongs to both District 4 and District 57. Let’s take a moment to get to know Chris.
Tell us a little about your Toastmasters career (e.g. How long have you been with the organization, what clubs do you belong to, what made you join, etc.).
After several invites from my colleagues, I finally made the time to visit my home club, Stagecoach Speakers – 525 Market (Club Number: 1070395, District 04, Area E02). I was thoroughly impressed by the level of leadership and communication demonstrated. If it weren’t for the kindness and welcoming atmosphere of the club, I’d imagine I would’ve not joined feeling too intimidated at the caliber the club members were showcasing. After becoming an official member on February 1, 2012, I found myself working to share what I was gaining from Toastmasters with others. This led me to help charter Stagecoach Warriors (Club Number: 3442284, District 57, Area A01) on September 4, 2013 to which I am also a member of today.
How has Toastmasters helped you in your professional career?
Thanks to Toastmasters, I’ve strengthened my confidence in sharing what I have to offer in both word and action. The increase in my network opportunities these last few years is largely due to our Toastmasters community.
What is the best public speaking advice you’ve ever received?
The most important part of a speech is its message…
Everything else either helps or hurts the delivery of the speech’s message.
What has surprised you the most about yourself since you joined Toastmasters?
Currently, I find myself becoming more focused on listening…I first joined Toastmasters to learn how to become more comfortable delivering a talk. Later, I wanted to expand my leadership muscles. Now I find myself wanting to learn how to better listen so that I can continue learning and become a more effective leader and speaker.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of Toastmasters?
I enjoy challenging activities like running a full 26.2 marathon, earning the Reebok Spartan Trifecta, etc. I also enjoy food and traveling. I find the challenges I take on, the food I eat and the places I travel expose much of what I like to do for work. Training for an event requires me to create a plan and set goals. Eating and traveling usually involves some combination of socializing/networking, learning/experiencing something new which all helps me to inspire and innovate in other areas of my life.
How would you describe the perfect meal?
Hot, spicy, ample and always on your mind…that would describe my perfect
What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
When I was in grade school all adult figures would say I was very mature for my age. At 18 years old, I had 6 wisdom teeth pulled. Now, I find myself relating more to kids than to adults my age…unless they like to play outside and watch animated movies/series.
What questions do you have for Chris? Please feel free to leave him a comment below.