2012 TI Convention – Lisa Panarello education session

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Lisa Panarello gave a presentation called CPR Strategies for Successful Networking. I really liked the depth of information and the specific tips she gave. Her approach of Connect, Pitch and Reciprocate is easy to remember. Myths of networking Having hundreds of friends or twitter folders Having dozens of people like your Facebook page Sending and […]

2012 TI Convention – Chris Ford Leading from the Middle

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In the first education session Friday, Past International President Chris Ford spoke about Leading From the Middle. Chris opened with an interesting story contrasting his beginnings in the Canadian Armed Forces and the parallels to work and volunteer leadership. I really liked how he gave a bit of his experience, and then related it to […]

2012 TI Convention – Semi Final Contest Results

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Here are the results (winners) of the semi-final contests – I’ll post the official link later tonight Contest 1 – D37 Brian Corey Contest 2 – D73 Andrew Kneebone (I saw him…he was awesome) Contest 3 – D83 Diane Parker Contest 4 – D51 Palaniappa Subramanism Contest 5 – D46 Mario Lewis Contest 6 – […]

2012 TI Convention – Jock Elliott’s Session

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2011 World Champion of Public Speaking Jock Elliott presented the first education session of the convention. Titled The Journey, how to win the world championship of public speaking in thirty five years or less. Jock opened with some good humor: The only way to be sure of dying in bed is to never get out […]

2012 TI Convention – Thursday EDGE Breakfast

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Thursday morning started off with a free EDGE event for members of the World Champions EDGE. Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix, Jim Key, Lance Miller and Jock Elliott answered questions from speakers who want to improve their skills. I caught a couple of the questions and the champs answers below: How do I focus […]

2012 TI Convention – Accredited Speaker Panel

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The accredited speaker panel was one of my “must dos” for this event. Hearing from five existing accredited speakers really helped clarify how the program works, and why I should be pursuing it. Spoiler alert – there are changes to the program for next year, and many of them are listed in this post. Note: […]

2012 TI Convention – Wednesday Board Briefing

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Wednesday’s festivities really kicked off with the Board of Directors briefing. This event gives members and leaders throughout the organization to hear about coming projects and changes in our organization. The session began with recognition of Past International Presidents and Past International Directors present. The president’s report, delivered by Michael Notaro who began by telling […]

2012 TI Convention – Opening Ceremonies

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6pm Wednesday night…that’s right…time for the Toastmasters International 2012 Convention Opening Ceremonies. The parade of flags from 116 countries, the parade of International Director Candidates, and keynote speaker Joel Manby all conspired together to make the opening events awesome and memorable. Seeing so many of my friends carrying flags of so many different countries was […]

2012 TI Convention – day zero

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Since it’s after midnight, I can claim this is Tuesday and that the Toastmasters International 2012 convention starts in just one day. Normally, I’d call Monday night activities uneventful, or even boring. However, on this Monday night, I was thirsty. And since the bottled water in my room was marked at $5.00, I though a […]

2012 Toastmasters International Convention

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The Toastmasters International Convention¬†is coming next week, and I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots of seeing good friends again for four full days. Here’s the schedule of events – http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/Convention/2012Events.aspx If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options, YouTube¬†and photos for sale […]