Toastmasters Convention – Opening Ceremonies

TI Convention 2010
2010 Toastmasters Convention

I was worried that I might not have much to blog about tonight, but I have to say, “Wow!” The opening ceremonies at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention were just awesome. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but when they announced the American National Anthem, nothing seemed to happen. After we waited for what must have been 12-14 full seconds (felt like 10 minutes),suddenly the room started singing. Seriously, I’m not sure if someone broke the cassette player or what, but the way it turned out was pretty cool.

The International President, Gary Schmidt (of “Confidence. Leadership. Service.” fame) gave a witty and concise report for his year. Gotta be honest: I didn’t see anyone nod off on that one. Really.

Speaking of Holy Crap! Next came the keynote address. Seriously, hire Todd Newton today if you can get him. I cannot lie, I had no idea who this guy was coming in (sorry). However, I can tell you now he’s on my list as one of the funniest speakers I’ve heard. Seriously. Not Kidding. Wow.

Of course, hanging out with friends after was fun too. Always good to hang out with real people once in a while.

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s events. Lance Miller and Rory Vaden are both speaking at the same time, which is a bummer. Since Rory will be at our Fall Conference in November, I’m going to see Lance’s presentation. Later it’s the awesome Jim Key that I plan to see. In the Afternoon are the Semi-final Speech Contests. I’m working one of them, and looking forward to cheering for our winner from District 22 in another one. It will be a long day, but worth it.

More to come after Lance’s presentation…

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