About David Brooks

Awards and Honors

Some of the information below is in my introduction and bio. The rest is just in case you would like to learn about other accolades that have come my way.

World Champion of Public Speaking

Toastmasters International, the world’s largest and best organization to help develop speaking, listening, and leadership skills, conducts a series of speech competitions among its more than 200,000 members worldwide. An estimated 25,000 members enter the first round of competition, with the winner advancing to higher and progressively more difficult challenges. In the final competition, ten of the best speakers in the world face off in front of an audience of more than 2,000 people. The winner, as determined by a panel of international judges, is awarded the rare and prestigious title of World Champion of Public Speaking. This is the title I earned in 1990. Learn more about Toastmasters International here.

#1 Trainer for International Seminar Company

For three consecutive years, I was the highest-rated trainer with an international seminar company as I taught more than 10,000 business professionals how to speak and write clearly, concisely and confidently.

Award-Winning Journalism Teacher

As a high school journalism teacher in the 1980s, my students’ publications were consistently among the nation’s best. My journalism program was the highest rated and most frequently honored program in the state of Texas. The Edition, a newsmagazine I directed, was rated the best in the state of Texas for five consecutive years. It earned highest national honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, and was awarded the George H. Gallup Award by Quill and Scroll, the International Honorary Society for Scholastic Journalists. In addition, several of my students are now successful journalists and writers.

Winner of Eight Gold Circle Awards

As the communication director of the Texas Society of Architects and as a consultant for the Texas Dental Association, publications I produced were awarded eight Gold Circle Awards from the American Society of Association Executives for excellence in magazine editing, convention publications, and internal communication programs.

Citizen Advocate of the Year

In recognition of exemplary volunteer service to the Austin Association for Retarded Citizens, I was named Advocate of the Year in 1979.

Division Governor of the Year

In recognition of exemplary leadership service to Toastmasters International, I was named District 56 Division Governor of the Year in 1994. District 56 at the time was one of the largest Districts in the world.