Teoh Chun MingCandidate’s Name:

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Fellow Toastmasters, I joined D’Utama Toastmasters Club in 2006. After 14 years, I believe the time is right to contribute back to the organisation that has given me so much.

If elected, I shall strive to support Toastmasters district mission – we build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. After having benefitted so much, it is only logical that we help expand the organisation and benefit more members.

Hence, I’d like to humbly pledge the support of all district and club officers to vote for me as next CGD.

Many thanks for your kind support!

Chun Ming

Toastmasters member since:

M.Sc. in Chemistry, 2004 (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
2009 – 2010 President (D’Utama Toastmasters Club)
2010 – 2011 Area Governor (Area B4)
2012 – 2013 District Secretary (District 51)
2015 – 2016 Division Director (Division B)
2016 – 2017 Pathways Ambassador (District 102)
2016 – 2017 District Awards Chair (District 102)
2017 – 2018 District Awards Chair (District 102)

Toastmasters honors and recognition:
2008 – 2009 Toastmaster of the Year (D’Utama Toastmasters Club)
2009 – 2010 President’s Distinguished Club (as President)
2010 – 2011 Select Distinguished Area (as Area Governor)
2015 – 2016 President’s Distinguished Division (as Division Director)
2015 – 2016 Division Director of the Year (Districts 51 & 51R)

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
I lead a team of sales partners in my company. So, my work involves people, challenges and striving our best to meet the sales budget every year.
As a team leader, I encourage my team members to deliver their best and never give up easily when facing rejection and challenges.
I find this very similar with Toastmasters. As a district leader, we have to encourage all district and officers to deliver their best in achieving the Distinguished Club, Area and Division Program goals, and collectively we will achieve the Distinguished District Program goals.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?
As sales partners, my team and I are the frontliners of our company. We go out to the market and bring back the sales to the company.
This entails strategic and thoughtful planning so that my team members and I are doing the right things to ensure that our company continue to thrive in business and remain profitable.
This is similar in Toastmasters whereby all district and club officers have to strategically plan at the beginning of each term on how to achieve their respective Distinguished Club, Area, Division and District Program goals.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?
As sales partners, my team and I have to carefully plan the inventory, monitor the payment from customers and ensure that there is always a positive cash flow in the company.
When there is a positive cash flow, the company will remain profitable and the business will be sustainable.

What experience do you have in developing procedures?
As a leader for the sales team, I help to develop the work procedures for the company.
When proper work procedures are in place, my team members can work with minimal supervision and work efficiency will increase.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
Teamwork. This is one of the greatest lessons that I learnt after serving various club and district roles over the years. No one is perfect.
Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. Some members are good in IT, poster design or accounting.
Some members are passionate about Toastmasters, while some have their own reasons of joining Toastmasters and taking up leadership roles.
Whether we’re club or district officers, we should set aside the differences and leverage on each other’s strengths and collectively achieve the common goals.

Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
I am a product of Toastmasters. I am successful at my workplace because of the communication and leadership skills that I learnt in Toastmasters.
After 13 years in Toastmasters, I believe the time is right for me to give back to the organisation that has given me so much. Hence, I’d like to volunteer my service and serve as district leader next term.

In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The District Mission’s major objective is to expand the organisation so that more individuals could benefit from Toastmasters.
In my humble opinion, to achieve this objective, it is not only important to charter (and also nurture) the new clubs, we also have to rebuild the weak clubs and retain as many clubs as we possibly can.
Only then we can increase the number of clubs, expand the organisation and this will eventually benefit more individuals.

Additional information about yourself:
When I don’t attend Toastmasters meeting, you’ll find me at the park doing my evening runs. I have completed many full and half marathons, but 10K-run is still my favourite event.

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