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 […]

Toastmasters D22: Jim Key’s awesome contest training

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This last weekend, Jim Key visited the Kansas City metro here in District 22 and delivered what many agreed was an amazing session on Toastmasters Contests. In Jim’s presentation, YOUR Speech Contest Advantage, Jim provides his patented contest prepadvice, and some important specifics that many speakers forget (or ignore) when their preparing their speeches. Below […]

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 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 […]

Toastmasters: 2011 Spring Conference

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Wichita Kansas was just host to the Toastmasters District 22 Spring 2011 Conference. International Director, Pamela McCown, 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking, Jim Key (www.jimkey.com) and Local speaker/author John Madden (www.leapdontsleep.com) were all on hand to provide fantastic keynote and educational session presentations. Saturday morning started off with Jim Key delivering his keynote presentation, […]

Toastmasters: Why you won’t win your contest

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Have you been practicing? Working on your contest speech? Did you manage to win your club, area or division contest? You probably did it one of two ways. Either you are beyond awesome, which means you aren’t even bothering to read this anyway, or you did it despite a few minor imperfections. If you were […]

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: Prepping for the Convention

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This week, Toastmasters International is holding their Annual Convention at the Marriott in Palm Desert California. Here are a couple of thoughts for those coming between today and Wednesday: 1. The Palm Springs airport is small. You don’t have to worry about getting lost looking for your luggage. The ride to the Marriott is ~20 minutes. […]