Focus on yourself for a better career

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At the Toastmasters D44 fall conference, my friend Kene Iloenyosi gave a wonderful keynote on change. While he wasn’t focused explicitly on career change, one of the most impactful parts of this presentation was Kene’s second point about the need to focus on yourself. this made me think about my recent career changes and how his points […]

D44: Johnny Campbell – Win the Crowd

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Accredited speaker Johnny Campbell spoke at the District 44 conference on Insider Secrets for Creating Winning Presentations, titled “Win the Crowd”. What I like about hearing Johnny is his amazing ability to tell stories that leave you with an easy-to-remember point. I knew what to expect from seeing him speak at the Toastmasters International Conventions […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero The Accredited Speaker Seminar Dan LaMon’s session

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Dana LaMon, AS and 1992 WCPS spoke about Making your Message Memorable. I remember his message from the 2011 convention (blog post here) – it was one of the best sessions I attended at any convention. Seriously. As usual, Dana’s session was really well structured and entertaining. In making your message memorable, Dana spoke about […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero – The Accredited Speaker Seminar Opening Session

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  Today was the seminar for Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker program. In the morning portion of this program we heard some great tips from many existing Accredied Speakers as well as some important feedback from TI Headquarters. This first post includes my notes, as well as key takeaways from the opening sessions.  Big take aways:  Judging […]

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: […]

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, […]

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 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 – 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 […]