Toastmasters member since: 2016
Education: National Diploma (Electrical Engineering)
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
  • Area Director 2021/22
  • Club: VP Membership, VP Public Relations (6 months)
Toastmasters honours and recognition:
  • Shining Start of the Year (The Breakfast Club) 2020
  • Club Champion in Public Speaking 2020
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
I have worked with students as a tutor, which has helped to learn to work with people., serving them in different ways that that suit their individual needs.
I have also worked for ten years in a sofware development company as a project manager. Making sure that projects were delivered on time by, placing orders are placed on time, following up on suppliers and ensuring that the assembles were done on time. Working with a team in keeping up with timelines and demands of the clients.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
While I was working in project management, it would appear that our clients would need the product urgently. At times this was not possible as we some of the part being used would be difficult to source. We came up with the strategy to keep certain minimum levels of stock, which was informed by the previous orders, and had to keep in mind as technology changes, products had to be modified to fit the current demands. Most of the time the strategy worked as we would sell most of the product kept in stock.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I have studied level 1 Accounting as a Marketing student, which gives me an idea of what accounting entails. I apply what I have learnt in my business now.
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
In the organisation that I used to work for, I helped to put together processses for our projects. This was the documentation of our day to day activities that we do in order to complete a project. We used to have what is called a snag list for each project being built. This was the documentation of problems as they arise, which was used to modify the processes to be more smooth and efficient.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
As an Area Director I have in most part learnt to work with diverse groups. That when you lead people who know what they doing, all the need from you is direction. That means it is important to stay put and know what is happening in the District so that you can be able to inspire the team to help bring to life the vision of the District.
Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
First to have an exposure to the broader world. I think the is more room for growth in the district. I also want to inspire others who discount themselvs but have follow my journey with Toastmasters, to see what the program can do for a formally shy person like me. If I can do it and serve at District level, the next person can do it too.
In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The district's mission is to build new clubs and help the existing ones to grow and be a succes, in preperation for the second district. I believe that there is so much potential for Toastmasters in our locations. If we can set the fire, by building a club one section at time, before we know it the Toastmasters bug will spread like wild fire in the veld. Once we have enough young people buying into the idea that Toastmasters is actually a winning strategy that exposes one to the bigger world, people will be more willing sacrifice and pay that membership fee.
Additional information about yourself
Once I set a goal and and focus on, I achieve that goal. One of the weaknesses that I have is that I like to keep peace and harmony, meaning I bend my tongue towards the will of others a lot. I am hoping to learn to be a little bit more radical than I am in my role as division director. I believe that in the diviosion that I am in, there is so much potential for new clubs because of my belief in Toastmasters as a brand than can give confidence and ultimately eradicate poverty. People like to be part of something that is moving. More people will buy into the brand if it is presented to them like some sort of a movement, than just another education program.