I am a Toastmaster

I am a Toastmaster to become a better public speaker, communicator, and leader. I have always admired great speakers, extraordinary presenters, and excellent communicators.

As a speaker, presenter and trainer, I communicate daily. I have my own style and methods, that can always be better. Toastmasters provides me the opportunity to become a better public speaker, communicator and leader.

I joined Toastmasters in March 2017, having been introduced to the organisation some twenty years earlier, but didn’t continue at the time. I have since joined Ringwood Toastmasters, my local club. Members represent a wide range of demographics that I may not normally have the opportunity to network with.

Within six months of joining Ringwood Toastmasters, I was nominated and elected to be Vice-President of Public Relations, as part of an executive committee that would steer the club through 2017-2018. With this experience, I was recently nominated and elected as President of the Ringwood Toastmasters club for 2018-2019.

The benefits of being a Toastmaster will help develop all types of communication, regardless of whether you have a desire for Public speaking. There are many types of speeches that often take me out of my comfort zone – impromptu, humorous, storytelling, interviewing etc. that I continue to develop and master.

If only I had continued with Toastmasters when I was first introduced, my personal and professional life may have been very different, with improved communication and leadership. With the small investment of time and money to be a member, you will never wonder what could have been, by giving yourself the best opportunity to be a great communicator.

Contact and visit your local Toastmasters club, and thank me later.

Designing integrated future-ready homes

As the demand for home technology continues to grow, one consideration is becoming increasingly important: homeowners should be looking to merge home technology systems into the design of their homes. This may include electronic and technology system such as; electrical, lighting control, safety, access control, heating and cooling, entertainment, and more.

I specialise in the design and specification of home technology systems, and facilitate the installation, and commissioning of them. I take a fresh, client first approach an independent advisor. I work solely for the homeowner and designers to help them navigate through every step of the technology integration process, including the appointment of the right solution provider. I make sure everything is done to achieve the best possible outcome, and user experience.

I am a proud member of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), and as a CEDIA Certified Outreach Instructor, I would like to extend the opportunity for local architects to learn more about how collaborating with a home technology partner at the beginning of your project can help you meet your client’s needs for home technology. I can meet with you and/or your team and deliver a 1-hour presentation titled ‘Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes’.

This presentation is accredited with the Australian Institute of Architects for 1.0 Formal CPD Point as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Contact Simon Lakey to arrange your presentation by calling 0418 100 469, by email, or using my contact form.


CEDIA is the leading global authority in the $14 billion home technology industry. CEDIA represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home. CEDIA.org