took a chance, and the longtime Toastmaster found that her
communication skills played a key role in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.">
As a little girl watching Jeopardy! with her
mom, Deb Grehn
never imagined that one day she'd be on the show herself.
But there she
was last year, appearing on the popular TV quiz program and answering questions from suave host Alex Trebek.
, a 17-year Toastmaster and past District 53 governor, loves trivia and learning new things.
That's what prompted her
to try out for the program.
Jeopardy! tests contestants' knowledge in different subject areas.
TV adventure progressed, she
drew on her
communication skills, as well.
All those years of Table Topics, speeches and feedback from fellow members came in handy for Grehn
- just as it had at other times.
"In every new venture, I use the valuable communication skills I've learned as a member of Toastmasters
Grehn's Jeopardy! journey began in early 2009 when she
passed a preliminary exam online, earning a second test and an interview, in Boston, Massachusetts.
A member of three clubs in Connecticut, she
prepared for the big day with the help of her
fellow club members.
was tapped for a spot on the show.
Editor's Note: This is a condensed version of articles on Deb Grehn
and Darryl Tahirali that appear in the April issue of the Toastmaster magazine