Toastmasters Convention – Accredited Speaker Update

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In my post about Friday Afternoon’s Accredited Speaker Program, I said “All of the speakers were good, but in my non-judge opinion, I would guess that Rochelle Rice has the best chance of getting the designation this time. Karen Twichell might pull it off too.” Bam! Called it right, baby. At the International Speech Contest, […]

Toastmasters Convention – Golden Gavel Dinner

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Carolyn. Kepcher. Delivered. What an amazing evening. Toastmasters International 2010 Golden Gavel recipient, Carolyn Kepcher gave a keynote speech to be remembered at our dinner on Friday evening. She started off with the story of how she began working for the Trump organization, and how she ended up on the TV Show The Apprentice. Her descriptions […]

Toastmasters Convention – Friday Afternoon

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Now I owe more apologies than ever. I had to miss so many education sessions to do other specific things. I was really a bit bummed about missing some of those sessions. Because I had to be at a judges briefing (no reason) and I really wanted to see the Accedited Speaker Program (also no reason), I […]

Toastmasters Convention – Lunch with the Champs

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I just had a really great time at the Champions Edge lunch here at the Convention. Mark Brown (1995), Darren LaCroix (2001) and Lance Miller (2005) were all in attendance. There were about 30 Edge members there as well, and I had a really good time making some new friends and swapping stories with fellow […]

Toastmasters Convention – Friday Morning

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Friday morning was reserved for the Candidate Showcases. This morning those of us serving as delegates (meaning we are carrying votes) for the business meeting were treated to a steady stream of candidates telling us why they should be elected to the leadership of Toastmasters International. If you haven’t already clicked away, here were a […]

Toastmasters Convention – Thursday Afternoon

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This afternoon’s sessions were both really good. I always hate that I have to choose the sessions, and I feel the need to apologize to Rory Vaden (who I was able to see yesterday) and Jim Key for having to miss their sessions. On the good side, they are our next two visiting speakers this […]

Toastmasters Convention – Board of Directors meeting

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Editors Note: This report is my unofficial take on the proceedings at the board meeting today. Check TI’s Site for more information later on. Today the Toastmasters Board of Directors gave a briefing to the general membership to announce the decisions and recommendations that the board had made this last week. The most significant announcement was […]

Toastmasters Convention – Opening Ceremonies

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I was worried that I might not have much to blog about tonight, but I have to say, “Wow!” The opening ceremonies at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention were just awesome. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but when they announced the American National Anthem, nothing seemed to happen. After we waited […]

Toastmasters: Training – Day two

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The second day of training is over, and I think I speak for 248 Toastmasters when I say, “I am spent.” Today’s sessions were really great, and over the two days, I easily absorbed enough material for 5 speeches. In fact, I should generate some working titles while I think about it: How a free […]

Toastmasters: Training – Day one

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The first day of District Trio training went well Tuesday. It was great to see some old friends (Srinivas from Chicago! – P27 if you are a member), and make some new ones. The best thing about the training is all of the different things we learn that other districts are doing. The best best […]