Editor’s Note: Recently, Jay Krasnow, District 27 Public Relations Manager, sat down for an interview with Area 32 Director Stacey Brock-Watkins to talk about her experiences as a leader in District 27. In her role, Brock-Watkins oversees District 27 clubs, tracks their progress and reports her findings on these clubs to other District 27 leadership, including the District 27 Director. This is the second in a series of interviews with District 27 leaders intended to introduce you to Toastmasters through the experiences of our leaders and members.
1) What is the most challenging thing about your role?
I didn’t realize that this role would be as time consuming. In order for me to keep up I make a lot of phone calls and send several emails. I’m trying to find the right balance. Also, several teleconferences, Web conferences and other meetings occur in the evenings that I’m not used to. I really have to plan ahead to make it work with my schedule.
2) Why should Toastmasters members take leadership roles?
The benefit of networking is strong when members take on leadership roles. This opportunity has allowed me to get out and meet other Toastmasters members and clubs and build relationships. It gives me a different perspective on what clubs do well and, in turn, I can utilize the tools for my home club. This has also helped me with time management and communication skills.
3) What Toastmasters activities prepared you for this role?
Being a Toastmasters officer in my home club prepared me for this role. TLI [Toastmasters Leadership Institute] training also helped me by learning the different official roles as well as hearing from other members from other clubs about their struggles and accomplishments.
4) What life events prepared you for this role?
Since customer service is paramount in my job, my profession helped prepare me. On a daily basis I have to respond to different issues that each take special care. I apply that same care to my Area Director position.
5) How long have you been a member of Toastmasters?
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Jay Krasnow is the District 27 Public Relations Manager and a member of Challenger Toastmasters, which meets at Asahi Restaurant in Courthouse Plaza, 2500 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite G, Arlington, Va., at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month.