by Judy Young, 2016-2017 District 32 Director

I gained a lot as a District leader.  I had the honor and privilege of working with many talented people.

If I had to choose the top two lessons learned, I would choose setting priorities and managing conflict.

Because there is so much to do – “A District Director’s work is never done” – one must set priorities.  The District’s mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. When measuring the importance of a project,  I asked, “Does it promote the mission of the District?” I use this thinking process in many aspects of my life. Whatever I am doing. Whatever goals I am trying to accomplish.” My experience as a District Director helped me “keep the main thing the main thing.”

I am one of many Toastmasters who says, “I wish I had known how to manage conflict sooner.  I would have had better relationships with so many people.” Toastmasters offers formal training in conflict management, opportunities to put this learning into practice, and mentors to help through tough situations.

While I was working, my Toastmasters experience was invaluable in my setting priorities and managing my time at work.  I learned skills that helped me in conflicting situations with colleagues and supervisors.

Now that I am retired from my day job, I use Toastmaster-learned skills in my other volunteer work, facilitating my breast cancer support group and serving on the board of Northwest Folk Dancers, Inc.”

Do you need to develop your TEAM management skills? Checkout the District’s Call For Nominations page for more information on district leadership competencies. Then say YES by submit your nomination to by February 29, 2024.