Monday 29th November 2021- Live Report by DTM Kavita Dulai

“Want to Be a Leader? Lead Yourself First” with Guest Speaker Michael Wader

DCOM provides numerous leadership opportunities at every club meeting throughout the year and at various special events. 29th November 2021 was no exception; DCOM had invited an inspirational guest speaker Michael Wader to share his keynote on leadership

Guest Keynote Speaker, an American Veteran with 25 years of leadership experience and corporate training, Michael Wader told us to take care of the people and the people will take care of the process. Nik Lakhani DTM and Digital Communicators President later confirmed that this statement was in line with his leadership style during the impromptu section of the meeting. This Nik believes encourages greater creativity from his teams.

Self-Leadership Principles

Here are the leadership principles that Michael shared that we can apply to our lives before we seek to lead others.

Take Control of your Thoughts and Habits:

Top leaders know what they think and watch their daily habits.

Look in the mirror – Do you like what you see?

Confidence and Enthusiasm:

At work, initiative leads to advancement. Be confident and enthusiastic.

Learn Continuously from Self and Others:

Everything has an opportunity cost.

Leaders first make time and space to reflect on their own life and learnings, then prioritize!

A leader doesn’t have all the answers. He or she is always on the lookout for better ideas

Prioritize Personal growth:

Grow yourself and then others.

The meeting was expertly led by Antonia Hernandez who seamlessly transitioned between various segments of the meeting. Antonia gave introductions for the Tech Tips section, she then introduced the Prepared Speeches. There was an introduction for the Table Topics presenter then finally the General Evaluation which was carried out by Andrew Bennett DTM.

Good virtual speaking is a must in today’s world and it doesn’t necessarily follow the same rules as a good in-person presentation.  Julian Cereceda DTM Shared his Top-Tips on Prezi Video thus helping members to further build expertise digital-presenting. There was a follow up Prezi Masterclass delivered by Julian on December 9th 2021.

The Prepared Speech was very much in line theme of leadership. DTM Dec Cluskey told us how he rescued a Toastmaster Club that was about to fold. Dec shared his learnings and strategy on how to rescue a club.

The Grammarian role was taken by Ishrat Bundhun who skilfully introduced the word of the day ‘Paramount’ and encouraged participants to use in their speeches throughout the meeting.

Table Topics was led by Pamela Benjamin DTM, carried out in line with theme of leadership. One of the guest speakers Angela Heath, shared an inspiring story in a 2 minute impromtu speech on how she turned a ‘loss of employment’  into an opportunity to write numerous books and start businesses. This was a great example of how, in line with Keynote Speaker Michael Wader teachings that leading the self first is paramount for success.

Digital Communicators is an Advanced Speaking Toastmasters Club specialising in Online Presence. They help  their members to improve public speaking in this fast-evolving online world. …

  • Is it time to improve  your public speaking skills in this digital-space?
  • Is it time to move away from a mindset of physical communications?
  • Do you want a safe place to improve your digital engagement?

The club is adaptive and innovative and creating a myriad opportunity for members to thrive in the world of on-line communication by providing a safe environment and supportive environment. 

Why don’t you join the next meeting, as a guest and see for yourself?

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One Reply to “Monday 29th November 2021- Live Report by DTM Kavita Dulai

  1. Kavita I really like how you captured Michael Waders tips for success. This live reporter blog makes for easy reading, that is what keeps my interest in a post. Well done. Colette VPE

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