- Joined Toastmasters: October 2010
- Member of 4 clubs: Hertfordshire Speakers, North Hertfordshire Speaker, Cornerstone Communicators, Emperor Online Toastmasters
- Roles: Area Director (2016-2017); Club President, VPE, VPM, Secretary
What did it feel like when you earned your DTM and how did your celebrate?
I felt a mixture of achievement and pride. I was especially elated when the DTM plaque arrive by Express Post with a couple of days of the club President submitting the details to Toastmaster international (TMI) on 1st July 2017.
I celebrated with a dinner for family, friends and club members, hosted by club President, Philip Carey. Kevin Baggs, DTM, was a fantastic Master of Ceremonies and Peter Ford was an amazing After Dinner Speaker. It was a memorable evening with great speeches, lovely food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
What was your greatest personal achievement on the journey to your DTM and why is it so special to you?
There are many great moments along the way to the DTM but I particularly enjoyed mentoring others in and outside the club. Examples include helping a family member prepare a eulogy for his dad’s funeral and helping a friend prepare a ‘Mother-of the-Bride speech, both very well received.
Who was the most influential mentor(s) on your journey and why?
Bob Ferguson was the first DTM I met and I am lucky that he is the founder and a member of my home club. He is an example of all that is great about Toastmasters. Ian Perry encouraged me to take on club roles and to visit clubs beyond our District. A chance conversation with Phil Heath, DTM, at a conference was instrumental in understanding the DTM big picture and to write out a plan and work to the plan.
Having achieved the highest educational award that TMI can bestow, what new goals are you looking forward to?
Writing articles about the learning from my DTM journey. Mentoring members and clubs and starting Youth Leadership Programme and Speechcraft community programmes.
What tips or advice do you have for members on the DTM journey?
- Find yourself a DTM mentor to help you navigate the journey
- Write out a plan and work to the plan
- Understand the journey in the context of Pathways