2017 Toastmasters Convention Prep

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and once again 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 – https://www.toastmasters.org/Events/2017-International-Convention/Schedule If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options (Did you know there’s a photo contest […]

2016 Toastmasters Convention – Pathways Update

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Coming this week at the international convention, Toastmasters International is scheduled to have a Pathways booth for members to see a demo of the new program. As a reminder, Pathways is our new educational program, coming from the REP efforts you’ve hopefully heard about before. I was contacted this week as a Chief Ambassador of […]

Toastmasters: 2015 Contest season wrap-up

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This year, I had a chance to put my money where my mouth is in the International Speech Contest. As the Division S representative, I competed in our District Contest against some fierce competition, and I lost. Big time. In fact, if you saw the report that went to TI, you’d see I finished 6th…out […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Two – Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix

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   Patricia and Darren held an awesome session which included some mini coaching as well as amazing points on improving your speaking that all of the audience members could use. The session was titled Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to great on steroids…in Action! It was amazing!  My favorite line – I’ve never had a […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day One – Board Briefing 

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Our Toastmasters  International Convention kicked off today with the Board of Directors briefing. This is always an interesting event, and gives us (as members) a view into what is in progress and what is coming in our organization. This event was live streamed, and last year was made available on line to be watched. Once […]

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 […]

Board briefing – 2014 Toastmasters International Convention

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Event though I couldn’t make it to KL, I was able to watch the board briefing live on-line. Daniel Rex commented that our organization grew by over 7% this year! – 7.3 percent membership growth – 17.2 percent new club growth – Five new countries added Toastmasters clubs (Guinea, Iraq, Liberia, Uganda, Uruguay) – The […]

Winning the Toastmasters Speech Contest

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A few years ago, I wrote a post about contest speaking called Why you won’t win your contest. This included many of the things I see speaker do at contests all the way up to the World Championship. Since that post in 2011, I’ve seen a few more examples and even competed myself. Instead of […]

2013 EDGE Net summit – Cincinnati

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Today is a great day to hang with the champs. Darren, Ed, Lance and Mark did an outstanding job as always! Below are my raw notes with some thoughts. Training issues that you may have to deal with Teacher and Student Student and Student Student and Materials Provide information in the format your customer needs/wants […]