By Gina Rocque-Drayton, Area B6 Director
I am often asked why I decided to stand as Area Director for Area B6 for the second time. That’s a very good question. I think it’s because I want to give something back to Toastmasters. I have found being an Area Director to be one of the greatest opportunities for personal development. The role has been both challenging and rewarding. It feels easier the second time around in that you are much more aware of what you are doing, I have been able to harness my ability to forge good relationships with the follow Toastmasters and the clubs with whom I serve and support in my leadership role.
Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step”. Since I took the first step in April 2014 when I visited my first Toastmasters club I knew immediately that Toastmasters could offer me so much. I did not hesitate to join and became a member of Croydon Communicators. Since that day I have never looked back. I have grown so much. I am more confident, have learnt how to organise meetings, club officer training and competitions. I have developed my management and leadership skills and after delivering more than 40 speeches I think I can say that this has definitely improved my communication skills. I have taken on various leadership roles and have given full commitment to each role, striving to be the best that I can be. I have been the Vice President of Public relations, Vice President of Education, President, Immediate Past President, Assistant Area Director and Area Director. I am also club mentor for a pre-chartered club. Phew, that’s a lot of leadership roles.
In my role as Area Director for Area B6 I have gained access to a hidden treasure of fellow Toastmasters who are positive like-minded people, who are all on the same journey of continual personal development. I act as a mentor for my clubs, and advisor, I am there to help and support my clubs to achieve their goals throughout the year. The more I put into serving my clubs the more satisfaction I gain especially when clubs are working towards achieving their DCP points. But what’s equally important is that members are being inspired and having fun while learning and developing their communication skills in a safe environment.
Li Cunxin says “Seize the opportunities life has to offer you. Embrace the changes and have the courage to travel on roads less travelled, even though what is in front of you could be tough, make it successful. Have determination and courage to kick down the brick walls in front of you, and to go on and achieve bigger success than you ever thought possible.”