Step Out, Step Up and Seize The Opportunity

District 54 conferences feature accomplished speakers delivering interesting, entertaining and informative speeches on a variety of topics.

Mike Storkey, DTM, 2014-15 First Vice President

Mike Storkey

Mike Storkey, DTM
Keynote Speaker

For many Toastmasters members, the only Toastmasters experience they have is confined to the four walls of their club.

During this powerful keynote, Toastmasters International First Vice President Mike Storkey, DTM, challenges members to step outside their club and reap the full benefits of being a member by fully participating in the Toastmasters program.

The club is where we get to learn the basic skills of communication and leadership. But outside the club -in our community, business and family life -is where we get the opportunity to put what we have learned to practical use.

By utilizing these skills, we will inevitably attract opportunities for further personal growth that a club-only environment cannot provide.

Are you prepared to step out, step up and sieze these opportunities? Are you getting the full value out of your membership?

Mike Storkey, DTM, of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, is a business owner and coach at Storkey's Team, a business he cofounded in 2005. He helps small business owners develop strategic business plans and trains members of local government bodies throughout the Queensland region. He also hosts seminars in change management, team building and leadership for Queensland regional councils. He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent and holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

Storkey is founding president of the former Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for service to the Airlie Beach Rotary Club, of which he is an active member, and is also the district trainer for Rotary District 9550 covering vast areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory, as well as Timor-Leste.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 24 years, Storkey has been a member of his home club, Whitsunday, in Cannonvale, since 1990. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. Storkey has also attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation - the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Step Out, Step Up and Seize the Opportunity


An interactive session which explores the need for members to step outside their comfort zone, their club and their complacency in order to get full value out of their Toastmasters membership. You will never know your capabilities unless you challenge yourself and seize the opportunities offered by Toastmasters membership. The need to replace an accomplished goal with a new challenge is a vital membership retention tool.

Dare to Delegate (and become a better leader)

Educational Workshop

This often overlooked skill is a vital component in every successful leader’s arsenal. Develop a better more effective team and achieve far more than you thought possible by utilizing the strengths of the group. Examine how to delegate effectively to achieve your goals.

Everyone's a Mentor

Educational Workshop

A practical look at mentoring which is such an integral part of Toastmasters. This education session looks at the role of a mentor on an individual level, club level and beyond. You may well be a role model for another without ever being aware of it. Becoming a DTM should stand for "dedicated to mentoring" as well as a distinguished toastmaster, a responsibility to which we should all aspire.