CHEW SHEL LING
PROGRAM QUALITY DIRECTOR
I might not look familiar except for the bald look #BotakShel and that story is for another day. A past DivG once questioned me “What’s your legacy?” and I was dumb-strucked as I didn’t have one then.
Today, I will tell you “Carpe diem” (Latin meaning Seize the Moment) because having almost died twice LIFE is too short to have regrets and one should try as many experiences possible including serving District102.
Always allow learning opportunities, give whenever I can, and be sincere in actions; that is the legacy I hope to leave behind that will touch people’s hearts.
Toastmasters member since:
BSc (1ST CLASS HONOURS) – BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
AREA GOVERNOR – 2008/2009
DIVISION GOVERNOR – 2011/2012
SPECIAL APPT : SEMI ANNUAL OC – 2012/2013
Toastmasters honors and recognition:
DISTRICT TOASTMASTERS OF THE YEAR – 2012/2013
DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTER (DTM) ~ 2011
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
WORK – Employed in medical industry for the past 18 years from Sales & Marketing, to Training Manager, and General Sales Manager.
My role in this SME encompass many aspects of communication and training/developing/coaching new staff.
It is extremely important to have a systemic approach yet always having relevant feedback to continue to improve and work more efficiently and effectively in our small organisation.
I believe this is relatable to Toastmasters especially understanding the different leadership styles and having everyone focus on the same vision and goals.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
Work – As the General Sales Manager for past 2years, I have led my team to achieve sales target for the last 2 years; being part of the company’s Audit team for our
GDPMD (Good Distributor Practise Medical Device) certification for the past 6 years; and
In Toastmasters – various Toastmasters office held & took the challenge as Organising Chair for Semi Annual Conference of then District-51 with minimal time & limited resources .
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
From high school extra-curriculur activities to university years, i have held various treasurer role & even today in Toastmasters.
In my role as Organising Chair for Semi Annual Conference District 51 – we were tasked with a challenge to offer a conference package that is highly economical, minimal sponsorship and yet being able to cover all costs.
Professionally, i am a qualified Unit Trust & Private Retirement Scheme consultant and have to manage and advice my clients Asset Under Management portfolio.
On the home-front, i have to manage the household finances & expenses including the children’s extra curriculur activities.
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
Work – involved in my company’s GDPMD (good distribution practise medical device) procedure and audit process, revamping the company’s scientific resources from hardcopy to google drive,
and systematizing the sales funnel and sales review process.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
I believe that a leader should hold strongly to TI’s core values, and learnt the following:
– Keep communication channels open & always having the benefit of the doubt
– Understanding that difference can & will occur and always striving to achieve the end goal which is service to the members, maintaining integrity and pursuing excellence in performance.
– Make mistakes, admit them & move on
Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
Our organisation is about servant leadership – it is about allowing members to develop themselves and allowing opportunities to thrive and chart new experiences.
I have not really seen it happening in the past but instead we are constantly chasing EGOs or achievements that put certain individuals in highlight.
My Why to serve in District 102 – is to contribute back to the organisation as a servant leader, to encourage younger leaders to always act with TI’s core values
& also to rejuvenate older members interest in Pathways while for the new members to brush on their basics via programs like Better Speaker Series.
In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
District’s mission is to grow more clubs & help each club to excellence.
If we break it down to the two fundamentals which is allowing more quality speaking opportunities, and to allow development of leadership skills – this can only be communicated via clear vision that every member’s core goal as speaker & leader is more important than district’s number game.
When members learn in positive and fun environment, the ability to learn and improve increases.
I believe with constantly focusing on members’ growth & introducing basic programs like Better Speaker Series will help members growth and in return the growth of the Area – Division – District
Additional information about yourself:
When i started in Toastmasters in 2004, I was “lucky” to have many mentors / seniors who allowed me to discover my speaking voice by being test speakers, role players in contest & even joining contests. I was also encouraged to take up leadership roles from start to end, and even an opportunity to be an organising chair for the Semi Annual Conference within a short span of 3 months.
During my stint as Area Governor, I was involved in a near fatal accident and was not able to walk & had double vision for almost 8 weeks. During this trying time, i learnt that the positive network of Toastmasters camaraderie, and fellow members of clubs in my area were still able to thrive because they wanted to achieve the goals for themselves and we were able to achieve Distinguised Area.
As a parent of 2 young children, I believe when we give enough encouragement and the right amount of trust, each individual can find their strength and expertise;and this is especially so in our Toastmasters organisation of communciation & leadership.