Joined Toastmasters 1st February 2011
Member of Huntingdonshire Speakers (also Anglia Communicators & Cambridge City Communicators)
Treasurer, VPE, President, Area Director (2015/16), Division Director (2016/17)
What did it feel like when you earned your DTM and how did your celebrate?
My experience was one of reflection and recollection for the journey and what it meant to me personally.
I particularly thought about how demanding the requirements of the 2 tracks were and the enormous sense of gratitude I felt at completing the elements..
What was your greatest personal achievement on the journey to your DTM and why is it so special to you?
My greatest personal achievement was using my term as Division G Director to complete the High Performance Leadership award (LDREXC). Then there were the mentors who gave selflessly to encourage me to complete the award and those I was fortunate enough to mentor along their personal Toastmasters journey; new members needing guidance under the club’s mentoring programme and 2 new members with B2B [Business to Business] presentations to give within 2 months of joining, both with few skills and little experience of public speaking!
Who was the most influential mentor(s) on your journey and why?
My first official mentor was Phillip Cooke, an executive coach of many years experience, who gave selflessly of his time whilst I was president of Huntingdonshire Speakers Club. His hard won wisdom and insight helped me forge a clear path to the higher levels of the tracks. Then there were the unofficial mentors, people like Graham Frost, Michael Gaadt, Mervyn Foster and many others, whose guidance and influence I will always be grateful for.
Having achieved the highest educational award that TMI [Toastmasters International] can bestow, what new goals are you looking forward to?
Providing a source of experience from the learning gleaned along the way to my DTM award. Continuing to mentoring new and existing members as well as Youth Leadership community programmes and assisting the District leadership team and Division G & H Directors where needed.
What tips or advice do you have for members on the DTM journey?
1. For the current program be realistic about achieving DTM before the deadline.
2. Find a mentor to keep you focussed, its the most valuable investment of your time you could ever make.
3. Decide now to commit to getting there, for if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.