Note from the Webmaster :
This page is out-dated in the sense that Shawn has already been elected as Club Growth Director for the term 2015/16. But the information here about who he is and why he ran for election has not changed. In that respect, the Webmaster has decided to keep this page as an archive.
Hi! I am Shawn Narcis, and I am blessed with a lovely family of ladies, my wife Ruey and two daughters Shania aged 8 and Rhyanna aged 2. In fact, it was Ruey who first saw the potential in me to grow and develop as a Toastmaster. To that end, she brought me to my first ever Toastmaster meeting in April 2009.
I have been a Toastmaster since May 2009, and since then have taken office several times, first as Club SAA, then Club VPE, and Club President. At the District Level, I have served as the Division K Governor for the term 2012/2013 where I received the Best Division Governor Award of the year for my term. I have continuously pursued recruiting more members for the clubs in Brunei because I want to share my love of Toastmasters to my friends and also to mentor them through their journey. In 2013/2014 I have recruited 25 members. For this term, I have recruited 13 members and still counting. Today, I serve as VPM of the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, as well as represent Toastmasters International as one of its REP Ambassadors in District 87. Since joining this great organisation, all I have ever wanted to do is to serve and to provide each and every member a platform where they can be successful.
My personal Toastmasters journey has been a great one, not just for me, but also my family and business as a manager for an interior renovation and a lightning protection company. Prior to Toastmasters, I used to tell my clients what I felt they needed. I now understand my clients a lot more and this is through the listening skills I have developed. I also went from bossing my employees around to leading them by listening, delegating and organising our jobs more efficiently. This resulted in a more efficient, productive and most importantly, much happier working environment.
Outside of Toastmasters, I run a Youth Leadership Camp with the Charter President of Brunei Speakers’ Club, Clovis Lai. We help the youth of Brunei by imparting a sense of belonging, empowerment and leadership. Some of these children have grown up and have since become valuable contributing members in Toastmaster Clubs.
I owe this change to my training in Toastmasters meetings, which I attend regularly
- every Mondays at our newly chartered club UBD Toastmasters Club,
- every Tuesdays at my home club, Brunei Speakers’ Club and
- every month at Oil Town Talkers 1 hour away from my home and finally
- every month at Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club.
With every meeting I attend, I feel my self-confidence improve along with every leadership skill I learn.
These same skills helped me successfully organise the first ever District Conference in my home, Brunei. Working in a team is hard when you have other commitments and are not paid for your time. From this experience, I learnt how to motivate and lead a team of volunteers, I learnt to understand each person’s strength and their individual capabilities. By giving them the ownership of their individual roles, we were able to achieve a successful conference in my little part of the world.
Since then, I have supported the Division Conferences in Lahad Datu, Labuan as well as the District Conferences in Surabaya and in Miri. Just supporting the Organising Chairs for these conferences have been an incredible experience, seeing first-hand how member shine during the conference and the sense of accomplishment I feel for them. Equally as moving to me is when I see members from all over the District come together to enjoy the bond and connection only Toastmasters can have.
As I progress in my journey, I have come to believe that Toastmasters is about “People helping People“. No matter who you are, every member in this organisation will help another. I have seen clubs on the verge of closing down reformed into a President’s Distinguished Club. It was all a matter of support from other Toastmaster Clubs around the Area.
Over the years, many of the senior members have asked me to serve the District beyond being a Division Governor. Ruey and I were blessed with our second child at that point in time. I decided to put a hold on my leadership journey to focus on my family.
I am very grateful that they have confidence in my ability to be a leader for District 87 and so, after much thought and deliberation and most importantly, with blessings from my wife Ruey, I decided to run for Club Growth Director (formerly LGM) for the term 2015/2016.
I believe that if we go back to basics and hold higher quality meetings, new members will be excited when they come and visit clubs. I believe that quality begets quality and it must start from us. In order for us to attract quality members in the future, we must improve and enforce our own standards. Most importantly, I believe that this is not just the job of the District Leadership, but every Club Executive Committee and every Toastmaster must retain ownership of their meetings for their journey to come.
I promise to support every member in your club who wants to grow in this Toastmaster journey. From the Club to the Area and to the Division and District level, we all can work together on how we can make our journey as Toastmasters as fruitful as possible. I will listen to your President and Vice President Education to understand the challenges that can be addressed through training workshops and membership guidelines in order to improve the strength of your clubs. I will also work on how to provide a sustainable mentor-mentee program for each club as the growth of your club depends on the growth of each of its members. A successful mentor-mentee program will help improve the members and in turn improve the club. And the ripple effects continue, that will in turn improve the Area, the Division and the District.