Region Advisor Biography
Rhonda Williams, DTMMember Since: 2002
Home Region: 5
Home District: 35
Supporting Districts: Founders, 1, 12, 52, 100
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and District level):
- 2016-2017 Immediate Past District Director
- 2015-2016 District Director
- 2014-2015 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training
- 2013-2014 Lieutenant Governor Marketing
Toastmasters’ honors and recognition:
- 2014-2015 Excellence in Education and Training Award
- 2013-2014 Excellence in Marketing Award
What is your understanding of the Region Advisor role and how does your experience relate to the role?
The Region Advisor is a consistent point of contact for District leaders, maintaining regular contact with them through monthly calls; is available for questions and is a resource on where to find answers; serves as a liaison between District leaders and World Headquarters; and coaches District leaders through their success planning.
I look forward to sharing my experiences and what I have learned with District leaders who are growing into their new roles, while I continue to learn from them. The synergy of people who are excited about Toastmasters is transformational. Because of Toastmasters, I have learned how to persist, find creative solutions to obstacles, and leverage successes. I hope I can help others develop those competencies and increase their self-confidence.
What is your experience with coaching individuals and/or teams?
I have been asked to coach a lot of colleagues and teams throughout my career. I believe I am perceived as steady, thoughtful, and supportive. I have a good knowledge base, am compassionate but can hold my ground and maintain objectivity when frustrations start to build. I was told by one manager that I was intentionally paired with co-workers who were considered difficult to work with because I could work effectively with them.
There are endless opportunities to coach in Toastmasters, whether it is orientation for a new member or Speechcraft participant, negotiating differences of opinion within a Club or District Executive Committee, or helping a fellow member learn and perfect new skills or gain traction in an area of interest.
Why are you interested in serving as Region Advisor?I believe in meeting people where they are and working as a team regardless of different leadership styles. I don't have a preconceived notion of what a leader looks or sounds like and feel that as someone who falls on the more introverted side of the MBTI assessment, I can model and make more space for quiet introspective people to share their ideas.
I also want to continue to progress as a leader while serving this great organization. I plan to be active in my District and see the growth that Jim Kohli and Cindy Laatsch exhibit from having served in this position, and I would like to grow my skills too.