Learn new ideas, strategies, and techniques to help your clubs, areas, and divisions succeed.
Connect face to face and network with like-minded Toastmasters from across Ontario
Spur your personal growth, thinking, creativity, and planning from outstanding workshops
Be Inspired by Distinguished Toastmasters and District Award Winners who are recognized for achieving their goals
Be Amazed by fabulous contest speakers, motivated presenters, and selfless volunteers
Renew Friendships by coming home for a TM Conference - a bi-annual gathering of new & old friends
Re-Energize your passion and regain your focus for your own Toastmasters journey
Our theme for the Friday night dance at A Surprising Adventure is "Let's Go Fly a Kite" which means to move through the air on wings. YOU are the kite, and Toastmasters offers you the opportunities and teaches you the skills that allow you to learn to soar to your highest heights.
As a leadership metaphor, think of a kite flying in a strong wind. If the kite flyer takes no action, the kite will be caught up in the wind and may go into a tailspin and crash. If the kite flyer pulls too hard on the string it may snap and again, the kite will crash and break.
A good kite flyer has learned to give the kite a gentle tug, reel in some slack to stabilize the kite as it is buffeted in the wind and will repeat as necessary. Once the kite has stabilized, the experienced kite flyer lets out more string and allows the kite to fly high once again. They don't reel the kite in and then start running. They don't yell at the kite, "You had your chance. I'm doing the flying now!"
The good kite flyer gives the help needed, lets the string back out, and flies the kite high once again. This is helpful intervention. This is empowerment. This is the type of useful leadership you can learn in Toastmasters and is augmented by attending District Conference.
At Friday night's "Let's Go Fly a Kite" dance, you are the kite. We invite you to devise and wear a costume appropriate to this theme. Come join in the fun and soar to your highest heights!
The District 86 Spring General Business meeting will be on April 25th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
Your vote is really important!
A successful conference enjoys the efforts of at least 50 eager, committed leaders.
This dynamic team will work with us - the conference co-chairs and the conference committee to put on the best Spring Conference ever.
There are many areas to choose from. Put your creativity, organization skills and teamwork to the test by signing up for an area of conference planning and management that you enjoy.
2015 Spring Conference Co-Chairs
Gail Gustin and Frank Gustin
The Spring Conference MMAD recipients. The Madd award goes to members who volunteers their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better their communities and lives around them in a significant and notable way outside of their Toastmasters regular duties.
Read more about these three toastmasters on our blog at Members Making A Difference Award (MMAD) Recipients at Spring Conference 2015
The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values. The person must be in attendance at the Spring 2015 Conference to receive the award. The Communication and Leadership Award is presented at the fall and spring conference each year.
Read more on our blog Brennan Wong, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient for Spring Conference 2015
Join Craig Valentine and get the top tools to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats and persuade them to take your next desired step. Whether speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000, you will pick up tools to…
This is one interactive workshop you can’t afford to miss. Build your confidence and your competence and have lots of fun in the process!
Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping people get remarkable results through leadership, communications, and change. Known as the Champion of Change, he is a professional speaker and has spoken in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, and Japan giving as many as 160 presentations per year.
Craig is the author of the Amazon.com #1 Bestseller, World Class Speaking In Action. He is also the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International, winning out of more than 25,000 contestants in 14 countries. He has used his success formulas to:
Leadership and Life By Craig Valentine, MBA; 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking 3-time Mid-Atlantic Salesperson of the Year (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill) What does it take to get remarkable results in leadership and life? Is there one secret to success? No. There is not one secret; there are four. In this powerful and interactive keynote, Craig Valentine will share the 4-step cycle that helps you become the leader that others want to follow and inspires you to live the life you desire and deserve.
This is one keynote speech you cannot afford to miss!
District 86 Keynote Speaker - Merri Macartney has been designing and implementing educational materials for nearly 20 years. Whether it was for her students as a high school teacher, adult learners in Continuing Education Centers or for the corporate world, Merri has presented keynotes and seminars on a variety of topics. Her persistence in the face of adversity, matchless sense of humour and endless belief in the power of positive thinking enabled Merri to overcome the challenges of being a high school drop-out to high school teacher to becoming a sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, author and certified coach. She has learned how to change the channels in her life in order to realize many of her dreams.
Merri has published four books and was a regular contributor for Sun Media Corporation with her humourous slice of life column Note to Self for over four years.
She has earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award from Toastmasters International. Merri also earned the Excellence in Marketing Award, 2008-2009, and the Excellence in Education & Training Award for 2009-2010 and served as the District 86 Governor 2010-2011.
Merri is a wife and the mother of four sons and a proud grandma to 6 year old twin boys. She says she has been blessed with many surprising adventures.
As human beings we all share one trait; we all want to improve our lot in life. Scientists tell us that there are two key virtues that influence our success in life: Intellect and Willpower. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to change our IQ during the course of our life. But we can strengthen our willpower. Imagine what your life will be like if you could double the strength of your willpower. What would become of your career, your family, your business?
In this presentation I will share six simple, yet highly effective, neuroscience-based interventions that will help you strengthen your willpower, conquer undesirable habits, adopt new beneficial habits, meet your goals with a higher rate of success, and become the best possible version of yourself. If you are striving for a change in your life but are unsure of how to bring it about, if you are frustrated about your lack of progress, if you procrastinate or feel “stuck” then this presentation is for you.
Improve Your Speaking Skills
Do you enjoy Table Topics or do you hide under the table when it is your turn to speak? In this workshop, Alexandre will share his three steps to creating a great-improvised mini-speech on the spot. When you return to your club, your colleagues will be surprised at your newfound skills.
Personal Professional Development
Your body really does speak for you! Find out how the small, seemingly unremarkable movements, gestures or expressions we 'wear' in our personal interactions affect how 'they' feel about us and ultimately how 'they' respond to what we say. Join us for this fun and informative workshop.
This workshop is catered to club leaders and/or individuals involved in Public Relations, Promotions, and Marketing. The focus is on Social Media Management and Marketing and the purpose is to transfer valuable tips and surefire ways to significantly enhance audiences' social media utility.
Improve your Speaking Skills
CONFIDENCE begins with a solid base beneath your feet. POWER comes with an ability to breathe fully. POSITIVITY starts with what you say to yourself. Learn YOGA tips from an expert YOGI. Make SPEAKING a more PEACEFUL experience!
Personal Professional Development
One really great idea can be the beginning of something new and innovative that will transform your life. Imagine if you had many. Begin your journey or reinvigorate an existing one with glimpses into "Hot Opportunities in 2015. Do you need a jump-start this year or a NEW start?
This program is geared to helping you deal with conflicts at the club level more effectively and be successful in your role.
Do you have a passion to do something? Where do you start? Gain valuable experience just by Volunteering! Increase your skills, confidence, and networking circle by stepping up and stepping out. The Path of Volunteering will open many doors to future employment opportunities increasing your PSI (Personal Skill Inventory).
Improve your Speaking Skills
Do you work hard at creating compelling content and setting up solid structures for your speeches? Do you realize that planning dynamic delivery devices is also equally important? Discover the 10 most common delivery mistakes and how to remedy them, in order to connect with audiences and make your speeches more memorable!
Personal Professional Development
This workshop is highly interactive. Arrive with questions and walk away with one key insight that will help transform your life, professionally, personally and spiritually, from stress to feelgood! 'Your feelgood life is simpler than you think!'
Caroline has an IDEA to implement a surprisingly successful Speechcraft program that will benefit self, club, and community. Discover how a Speechcraft program increases productivity, business and community. Imagine. Dare. Execute. Achieve.
Learn and understand your inner being. Change your results by changing your paradigms. You become what you think about.
Special Toastmaster Conference Rates
Even though our block of rooms have been released to the public, the Sheraton will still honour the special rate we have negotiated as long as you tell them, when you call, that you are a Toastmaster. The room rates we have negotiated are:
Sheraton - $125 + taxes
Best Western – SOLD OUT
Both hotels come with
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