Meet Toastmaster's April 2012 cover model: Me | Zach Everson

Meet Toastmaster’s April 2012 cover model: Me

The Great Wall of China is around 2,300 years old, but it's never looked better than on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Toastmaster

The Great Wall of China is around 2,300 years old, but it's never looked better than on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Toastmaster

A few months back, travel writer Beth Blair interviewed me for a Toastmaster magazine article on Toastmasters who are travel professionals. (I was a member of the organization, which promotes public speaking skills, from 2006 to 2008 and found the experience invaluable.) A few weeks later, Beth asked me if I had any pictures of myself on the road that the magazine could run. It took a while to find some in which I didn’t have a drink in my hand or a zit on my forehead, but I passed along four or five to her.

In late March, Beth emailed me once more:

Subject: Holy cow!

Well, you are famous. Toastmasters put your photo on the cover of the magazine! See attached. [In your case, see above right.]

The Toastmaster editors used a photo of me walking the Great Wall of China on a press trip to Beijing with the Ritz-Carlton as the cover shot. Thanks to Melanie Nayer for taking the picture and making me feel so comfortable in front of the camera that I forgot I wasn’t wearing pants (kidding, well, not about my appreciation). More than 270,000 Toastmaster members living in 116 countries read the magazine each month.

You can read a .pdf of Beth’s article, “Professional travelers: How they developed the confidence to explore the world” here (I’m quoted on pages 17, 18, and 19).

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