Mo Dawodu

Mo Dawodu – Nominated Candidate for Club Growth Director

Toastmasters member since 2017

Education :

HND Civil Engineering

Member Institution of Civil Engineers

Incorporated Engineer – The Engineering Council

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:

Division J Division Director – March 2021 to June 2022

District 91 Logistics Manager – July 2020 to June 2022   

District 91 Hybrid Committee Chair – September 2020 to June 2022    Kent Speakers Club President – July 2020 to June 2021

Toastmasters honors and recognition:

Competent Communicator

Advance Leader Bronze

Innovative Planning IP1, IP2, IP3

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:

Qualified Civil Engineer with over 30 years experience managing small, medium and large construction projects in various capacities from team member to leader. Construction project management requires and enhances the development of communication and leadership skills which has been a good basis for my contribution to Clubs and our District to date.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

Active member of my Club, Area and District in various capacities during the past 6 years and played an active role in the planning and delivery of successful results at all levels, such as the rebirth of Kent Speakers, Succes and growth of H37, D91 Conference, Division and International Convention objectives. I initiated and successfully developed and manged a construction business for 30+ years

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

l have managed a limited company for over 30 years, managing strategic financial planning, forecasting and budgets. I have was a successful volunteer treasurer for a youth community football club for over 10 years. I have been a club treasurer at Kent Speakers and currently a member of the D91 audit committee.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?

I was a member of the Chartered Quality Institute for many years and been responsible for developing and implementing quality procedures and processes such as “Inspection & Test Plans” on large construction projects as a Site Quality Systems Manger. My construction management experience is based on developing systems of work and analysing/resolving adverse trends.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I have improved my effective communication, leadership and relationship building skills since I joined Toastmasters. I have learnt not to assume everyone knows what may seem obvious and the importance of keeping things simple. People will follow a leader who has a clear vision and commit to an objective they understand if consulted

Why do you want to serve as a District leader?

I want to continue to learn, develop and grow by serving our Members. I am passionate about the Toastmasters development programmes, I believe I have the strategic thinking and relationship building skills, to help envision and create the future.

In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

Toastmasters continues to be severely impacted post the pandemic. Now is the time for rebuilding and reshaping the future by growing our membership base. Effective communication with our members and effective promotion of the Toastmasters Pathways programme within the District to organisations and potential new members by effectively sharing our members stories

Additional information about yourself:

As President at Kent Speakers my vision was to grow our membership to 50 from a record previous high of 34. While we did not quite reach 50 it was exciting for our members. Setting a clear vision, encouraging and supporting our members and committee to further success was good for our club and area. I will continue to encourage aspirational goals and promoting the Toastmasters vision