Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Accredited Speaker Auditions

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These are notes I took during the Accredited Speaker Auditions at the 2011  TI Convention. I missed the second speaker, but have good notes from the first and third. Conner Cuneen, DTM -Pillars of Marketing Wisdom Conner looked a little stiff starting out – and gave us 100,000 welcomes (an Irish thing) All people dream, […]

Edge Summit – Sunday 21 Aug

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Have you ever taken in more information that you can process? Some of the notes below may be familiar to you if you’ve read my blog before, or if you’ve studied with the Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking. There are some new thoughts, some mindset changes, and some of the best advice you’ll ever […]

LinkedIn: Where Leaders Communicate

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Editors Note: This post is an opinion piece on Toastmasters new branding initiative. If I asked you wether you not you had already read the information on TI’s website about the rebranding, including how the tagline, Where Leaders Are Made, comes from I imagine I would see very few hands come up. I’ve heard and […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Darren LaCroix

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Speaking “Outside” of Toastmasters for Fun, Profit and Club Building! was the first session of the day for Thursday at the convention. Has you probably know, Darren is a fan favorite, and the 600+ seat room was filling fast as the start time approached. Darren’s opening was fantastic – he started by wearing a bow […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Thursday sing-a-long

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Tonight was the first official sing-a-long at this year’s convention. I came in a bit late, but in time to see Tammy Miller doing an amusing auction song. Next was International President Pat Johnson, singing her annual song, “The River is Deep” (I think), for Past International President Ted Cochran. Ireland’s own Nolan then put […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Cockpit Communication Lessons that work anywhere

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Editor’s note: these are raw notes. I’ll fix them later today or tomorrow. Karen Baetzel, a Navy aviator with over 2,000 flight hours discussed (battle ax consulting services) NSA and Toastmaster. No nonsense communication. She opened with a pilot-style communication from aircraft to tower. 3-echo-charlie, Hotel Whiskey, 13 inbound event 6, i have 8 souls […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Accredited Speaker

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I was psyched. I was ready. I couldn’t wait. In 2009, I had the good fortune to see Johnny Campbell speak at the TI Convention. This year, I heard he was speaking at the 2011 convention and his topic was Accredited Speakers’ Secrets Revealed: Strategies for Earning the Highest Communication Designation in Toastmasters. I couldn’t […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – E is for Excellence in Speaking and Leading

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Dana LaMon in an Accredited Speaker and World Champion of Public Speaking. His session, E is for Excellence in Speaking and Leading was in front of a full house (over 400 seats plus SRO) To get the greatest benefit from TM – you must be committed to excellence Dana presented Eight Principles from his book, […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Opening Ceremonies and Speakers

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The convention is underway! Cool stuff right off the bat: 1. Parade of flags (always awesome) 2. Seeing friends carrying so many flags 3. Free book from one of the featured speakers, Dave Logan – Tribal Leadership International President Pat Johnson announced that over 1,900 Toastmasters are registered for the convention – the most in […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Board Briefing

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Editors note: These are raw notes from the board briefing at the TI Convention. I’ll post updated info in the next week or so. Today’s Toastmaster International Board Briefing had some very interesting announcements and some followup to previous announcements. 1. First, International President Pat Johnson addressed the coming dues increase – I felt her […]