Like a Badass Pretty Princess

disneyA few months ago at Toastmasters Groningen, one of our members gave a speech about Disney princesses asking people to raise their hands if were NOT impressed with them. Almost everyone did.

Her response, “Well, that’s a shame.”

And then she went on to point out how badass Disney princesses are – making the best of horrible situations like a step mother who wants you dead, but you go live in the woods and make it work. Or falling in love when you live in an abusive home environment.

Being badass.


Then, this weekend, on our way down to the Hague for the District C contest, we three club officers and the area director discussed next year’s board and I confirmed that I wouldn’t be interested in being president or even on the board.

And then the contest happened. And organization. And leadership. And resolving conflict and technical difficulties and making hard choices. And I thought, “WHAT THE FUCK, LEANDER?”

I love this stuff. And I’m not in management at work. But I love this stuff.

So for next year’s Toastmasters Groningen board, I’m running for President.

And here are my goals:

Eight new members. Prepare for and organize the club speech contest. Four Competent Communicators. Two Advanced Communicators. Two Competent Leaderships / Advanced Leaderships / Distinguished ToastMasters. Retain 80% of the current members. Six officers trained twice. Submit renewal dues and officer lists on time.


Personally achieve Distinguished ToastMaster / Advanced Leadership / Advanced Communicator.

Each VP (education, public relations, membership) has two committee member volunteers and streamlines something about the club relevant to their responsibility – mentor / education / public relations / social media / membership / conversion.

All of the officers receive and read the club leadership handbook. Achieve president’s distinguished club by April 2017.

I have a dream.

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