Sunday, June 30, 2013

Experience of Serving as a District Secretary - Teoh Chun Ming

1. What are the duties of a District Secretary?
As the name suggests, a secretary writes meeting minutes! The District Secretary writes the meeting minutes for District Executive Committee Meetings, District Council Meetings and as and when when the Senior Officers meet. The District Secretary also compiles the Club Exco Lists from all the Toastmasters clubs for district directory.

2. What has this role taught you about leadership?
The role has taught me a lot this term. I have learnt to better organize my work and time.

3. What inspired or motivated you to take up this position?
After having served at the club, area and division levels, I felt that it was time to accept more challenging roles. It was indeed a challenging term, especially at the beginning of the term when I was most busy. But no regrets, I have learnt a lot this term.

4. Who do you consider to be your role model in terms of leadership?
I have served under many great leaders the past few terms. I'm blessed to have worked with Presidents of D'Utama Toastmasters Club (Jack Leong and Calvin Lim), Division B Governors (Irene Lee and Lim Lay Kun) and currently District 51 Governor Ramdas Nayar. All of them are my role models as each of them has their own strengths. Not forgetting the Godfather of D'Utama Toastmasters Club, Lee Wei Seong. He's another great leader that I look up to.

5. How has Toastmasters helped you in your personal and/or professional life?
As mentioned earlier, Toastmasters has taught me to better organise my work and time.

6. If there was anything you could do differently with regards to your Toastmasters involvement, what would that be?
If I could turn back the clock, I would strive to do more speeches. As much as I would like to continue doing my speeches, the workload at my workplace, commitment to my Toastmasters role and time constraint have hindered me from progressing with my speeches.

7. What are your plans after this term?
Attend club meetings more regularly and do more speeches! =)