- Joined Toastmasters: July 2012
- Member of 2 clubs: Huntingdonshire Speakers, Anglia Communicators
- Roles: Area Director (2016-2017)
1) What did it feel like when you earned your DTM and how did your celebrate?
It didn’t sink in at first. For many of us the achievement comes at the end of taking on an officer role outside our club that last a whole year. When the certificates started to arrive, because there are a few, I did start to feel excited – you realise how much you’ve put in to get to DTM. When the plaque arrived I was well chuffed! At last a really nicely presented momento from Toastmasters to show off.
2) What was your greatest personal achievement on the journey to your DTM and why is it so special to you?
The moment my nerves changed to excitement. The realisation that I could speak confidently, without notes, without distracting thoughts.
3) Who was the most influential mentor(s) on your journey and why?
There are a few people who helped me. Katherine Vousden particularly because she encouraged me to move forwards before I intended to and since then I have learned the best time to do anything that you have planned is is soon as you can – not when it be a better time because things happen. CharisMedIc Communicators was a great club with tremendous fellowship, but it was when I stepped out of my club and started to visit other clubs I realised the size and strength of the fellowship of Toastmasters – we all make it happen for each other.
I visited a club called Camaraderie Speakers quite a few times with Jim Doyle and Kate Atkin taking the lead, along with other Toastmasters and other interested parties. This club closed for a number of reasons, which is a shame because the few talented people who did visit it made a huge difference to me in a very short time!
4) Having achieved the highest educational award that TMI can bestow, what new goals are you looking forward to?
Toastmasters has taught me that I can achieve my goals without having to bend the boundaries of my own moral standards. This is due to the fellowship of Toastmasters. My objectives are now to live in all respects of life without having to bend my moral standards and since I am armed with the best communications guide anyone could ask for I am confident I can achieve them.
5) What tips or advice do you have for members on the DTM journey?
Become the person you want to be. You’ve spent your whole life trying – you owe it to yourself.