While most of us may have entered Toastmasters to learn to make speeches, that benefit is but the beginning of the good which may come to us and the good which we may do for mankind.
People that know me often tell me that I am crazy for toastmasters. They can’t believe how much time I spend for Toastmasters or how much meetings I attend. So much speeches to give, all for free. The reason is simple. I believe wholeheartedly in the program because it has transformed me into a leader, who lives life to the fullest, and who loves everyone. That in itself is a miracle! When I first became a Toastmaster, I was terrified of speaking in front of people. I had never seen myself as a leader. But, something great happened as I followed the programs.
Before I knew it, I discovered that I was developing a new kind of courage, a deeper self-confidence and a much better sense of self-esteem.
Today, because of Toastmasters, I am the founder and president of a successful Land Surveying Company. I used all the leadership skills I learned to communicate exactly what my vision was and my expectations of my team were. In less than year, we have surpassed all our goals. Thanks to Toastmasters! My life have never been fulfilling as now with more love, more joy, more happiness with my family and friends. Our District is filled with passionate Toastmasters, who are committed to assuring that each member has an opportunity for growth. Together let’s all reach for our highest goals!
My vision for the District is to continue the District mission of building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving success, through the balance of the workload and responsibilities, giving everyone an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun. My goals are to grow the District in clubs and membership by 10% or more. And to accomplish this by May 31, 2019, so we can focus on transitioning the new leadership team in the month of June, setting them up for success.
Let us share the joy in helping people find their way to a more meaningful and rewarding life.
Kenn Nishihira, DTM
District Director, Toastmasters District 49