Saturday, September 27, 2008

Calgary - Candidate's Corner - Meeting Tim Swearingen, Region III, ID

"The greatest reward you can have as a leader is the look of respect. The key to a successful leader is to earn that respect not because of rank but because you are a person of character" Richard Winters

I really love this quote and I really appreciate that it was hand written on a card sent to me by the newly elected Region III, International Director, Toastmaster, Tim Swearingen, DTM - who also served as the District 3 Governor in Phoenix Arizona.

I met Tim during the Calgary 2008 International Convention at his campaign table along with his campaign posse - Nancy Star-Cassidy, Ralph Wallace and Rose Beeson!! (Oh and what’s not to love about Rose, she is a doll and is also a fellow Emersonian)(See us in the photo together at the President;s Dance!)!!

Tim did an incredible job during the “Candidate’s Showcase”. I had a smile on my face from the time his name was announced, by Region Vii International Director, Val Albert, DTM and he walked into the room with his campaign manager, passed the many Region III and Region Vii District Officers, up the staircase and onto the Candidate's stage.

Tim was a “Candidate Champion”! He answered all the questions with confidence and conviction that were asked of each Candidate. He looked at us like he BELONGED on the BOARD and It was no surprise at the Business Meeting that he was elected to the BOARD! WELL DONE TIM!!

And now as the International Director, Tim is serving the following Districts in Region III; District 3 Arizona, District 16 Oklahoma, District 23 New Mexico; El Paso County, Texas, District 25 North Central Texas ,District 26 Colorado, Eastern Wyoming, Western Nebraska, District 44 Western Texas; Texas County, Oklahoma, District 50 Northeastern Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana, District 55 Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Southcentral Texas, District 56 Houston

Congrats Tim You Rocked It! OH and another reason Tim Rocks is HE LOVES and BLOGS about the Boston Red Sox!!

Now I give credit to ANYONE who steps up to leadership positions and runs to serve. But take it from me – be prepared to answer the questions!

I must admit not all of the candidates rocked it during the Calgary "Candidate’s Showcase" and at that level YOU MUST be prepared if you want to be taken seriously, especially after serving as a District Governor and hopefully (although not a requirement - as the top two Lt’s of Marketing and Education & Training).

When a candidate says – “skip the question”, “pass” “next question” it is tough to witness AND I speak from experience of a time when I wasn’t prepared a few years ago when I ran for the Saugus School Committee in my local town of Saugus. I was invited to attend the "Candidate’s Night" held at the Saugus Town Hall and taped live by the local cable station.

I did great with my opening and introducing myself – I certainly had great qualifications. BUT when the questions came my way I was not prepared to answer them. I didn’t know all the proper facts and admittedly I was not completely familiar with the Saugus public school issues because my daughter attends a private Catholic School in another town. Makes you wonder why I ran huh?

I learned a valuable lesson by taking a step towards leadership. I learned what I needed to improve on and turned those corrections into my strengths by joining Toastmasters.

Today if I run for anything again I will do my research, rehearse my speech and prepare myself before the big "Candidate's Day"! Hope you do too!

Have you ever run for any type of office?
Congrats if you have!
If you did - were you prepared?
Want to learn how to prepare to speak in front of others?

Take the first step by “stepping up to leadership roles” in your local community, at your place of employment, for your children’s school PTO, PTA, coach a sport, help at your place of worship, or any place where you can help lead and of course join a local Toastmasters Club.


Rose Beeson’s slide show link{f13b45a9-1e25-437c-be1e-54415ff520be}&image=579DE1E25CCE8B68!300&imagehi=579DE1E25CCE8B68!298&CID=6313450614979201896

Names in the photos are Rose Beeson and Sherri Raftery, Calgary 2008 President’s Dance

Rose Beeson and Tim Swearingen, Calgary 2008 President’s Dance

Nancy Starr-Cassidy, Sherri, Tim Swearingen, Ralph Wallace, at the Calgary 2008 Business Meeting when Tim was elected the Region III International Director!

Emerson College a great school for communications and the performing arts
Emerson’s Website



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