What’s that all about?? My first exposure to the District Conference was about 22 years ago. I joined in February and went to my first Conference in April of the same year. All because I had an invitation from a fellow member Alicia who asked me to join her for the International Speech Contest as she didn’t want to drive all the way from the Brampton to Markham by herself. WOW, what an event!!!
OMG, what an eye opener!!! Not just an eye opener I think my mouth was wide opened all the time I was there. The venue classy… people friendly and welcoming, having fun… the quality of presenters on stage!! The contest was a m a z i n g! After that I wanted to take in what else was in the offering and realized …… there was more than meets the eye. I only came for the International Speech Contest but there was an Evaluations contest too!!! Then I checked out the write ups about the presenters and workshop. You can learn about being a better leader, self improvement, become a better present, speaker a n d sooo much more??? My company would have paid thousands of dollars for a few hours workshop and here I could pay a hundred or so (don’t forget 22 years ago) for a three-day event and get so much more including food, entertainment, Keynote speakers, awards, networking, meeting new people and making friends.
Toastmaster conferences aren’t stuffy and snobby, unlike some other conferences I’ve gone to especially for a shy person where you feel lost and left out. At Toastmaster conferences, people actually are friendly, they greet you, welcome you and they talk to you. Talk, surprised!! We’re Toastmasters!!
Never a dull moment, if you like you have something to do you can or can just sit back network or observe.
I was hooked!
Looking for more? I have another installment coming soon.
Eva Britton, DTM
2020 Conference Co-Chair, District 86