Kaj Haffenden and I are area governors, which means we help clubs in our area grow.

This week we have been in Brisbane attending training to improve our leadership skills. This training is delivered 3 times a year, and Toastmasters fly us to the training location for 2 days of intense and pointy training.

I have been an area governor for 2 years now. It’s a fun and challenging role. Here’s what I’ve learnt:

  • When motivating volunteers, I must be humble, gentle, inspirational and thankful.
  • Ask for help often. I can’t do everything by myself.
  • Delegate, even when I don’t need to. The knowledge transfer helps others grow.
  • Find a mentor, and check in with them often.
  • Failing is normal. Fail quickly and move on.
  • When I make a mistake, there are lots of people watching. Proofread, double-check and test.

The role of area governor is an excellent leadership opportunity for anyone wanting to improve skills in management, organisation and communication. There are lots of speaking opportunities in front of new audiences.

I enthusiastically encourage anyone seeking a new personal growth opportunity to try stepping up to be an area governor.