Can you guess which of these profiles matches the District Leaders of District 70? Be the first to guess correctly AND let me know what all of them have in common – and you will win a copy of “The Excellence Book” by 1992 World Champion of Public Speaking Dana LaMon. To submit your guess, email the Newsletter Editor at: Click here to send an email and tell me which number belongs to which leader. The winner and correct answers will be posted in the District 70 Members Facebook Group.
1. I have been in Toastmasters for 9 years. I became a member due to work pressures of doing staff education. I remember my first table topic vividly…I froze and burst into tears. I almost didn’t return but am glad I did as it has led to my current job which is educating patients and healthcare professionals. Once I had reached ACB I felt I needed more and took on Area Governor, Division Governor and now a “district role”. The wonderful thing about taking on leadership positions is that your ability to think on your feet increases dramatically, you get to know people outside of your club environment and become more and more confident as a person. When I first started Toastmasters there was no way that I could see myself on the District Team but…here I am. It’s been a wonderful and exciting journey and one I would recommend to everyone!
2. It appears I’m a 46 year old Toastmaster devotee for life. I don’t believe I chose to be a District Leader – it chose me, with the help of some great friends. Most of us don’t come into the Organisation to be a leader – somewhere over time it gets ingrained within us and all of a sudden you wake up one day and decide to follow the path of leadership. The path will either allow you to follow it or encourage you back up the communication track. In saying that, I’m so grateful every day that I am on the District Management Team. The friendships far and wide that I’ve made and developed as well as the training, marketing and travel opportunities made available to me I will cherish forever. My favourite thing is meeting and engaging with members. Hearing why you joined and what you’ve been able to achieve. Being able to assist you to further your dream – how magic is that! What you may not know is that I like to knit and do card making when time allows.
3. After about 3 years in Toastmasters I decided I needed to get serious about my progress. At that time I asked a DTM how I can get to speak more. The answer was to become an Area Governor. About that time I was tapped on the shoulder by our current Division Governor for the next year, and the rest is history. I keep on as a District Officer because every new step I take, I see my influence on the growth of our members has a greater scope and this excites me. For this reason I will also stay in some form of leadership. I enjoy every aspect of these roles as they all bring me satisfaction in many various forms. Something many will not know about me is that my tertiary qualification is Wirtschaftsinformatikerdiplom.
4. I have discovered that I enjoy meeting and helping individual members and clubs to achieve their goals. As a result the areas, divisions and district will achieve theirs. My loyalty is to all members of Districts 70. In the role I am impressed with the new Toastmaster Lead Management system for managing new club leads and hopefully seeing them become new clubs. At the International Convention and District Officer Training in Las Vegas, I enjoyed meeting my fellow leaders from around the globe, TI staff, board members and candidates for International Board positions. I received many useful tips on club building from all these groups. Did you know that my first job was as a postman in Leeton NSW during the Christmas School holidays?
5. I joined my first club in February 1997. I am currently a member of four clubs and an officer in three of them. I chose to start walking the path to leadership because I want to share what I have learned, to support you on your path, and to continue to learn. I love the opportunity to help meet member’s education and training needs. The recent District Leader training in Las Vegas was awesome because I learnt new things and discussed many ideas with leaders from around the world. A little known fact about me is that my first pet was a goldfish called Bob. Bob survived having his bowl being tipped over and my first cat, Smokey, scratching him. Bob was a great example of survival under adversity.
6. I have been a Leader in Toastmasters District 70 for the past 5 years from Division Governor to District Governor and this year I have put myself out there by taking on a challenging role in the Management Team. I believe that I have grown because of the learning and experiences during my time as a District Leader. I have travelled places I may never have been to and meet amazing people from around the world. There have been many life changing experiences but none more pleasureable than watching the confidence and strength grow in someone under your leadership. This is the reason I keep coming back for more. Toastmasters is truly where Leaders are made. Something not everyone knows about me is that although I am Australian, I don’t like Vegemite.
7. My responsibility is to promote the name of Toastmasters to the general public and increase the exposure of our international branding of Toastmasters with the tag line “Where Leaders are Made”. I accepted the responsibility of this role knowing that I had the support of some very talented toastmasters. We will soon launch the public domain of www.jointoastmasters.org.au which will be a joint effort with District 90 for all clubs in NSW, we will be building a new District 70 website for easy access by the members, and both websites will have a Digital strategy officer who will build a social media team to promote toastmasters. It will be a very exciting year in the new District and while I am personally excited I am also terrified at the responsibility of ensuring that we implement a Marketing Strategy in conjunction with District 90 to promote NSW toastmasters. It will be my biggest learning opportunity of my life.
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