Three Reasons to Be in Canton for
the Fall Conference …

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iPhone artAs you may have heard by now, your fellow Toastmasters from all over Northeast Ohio will be descending on Canton on November 9th for our Fall Conference.

They’ll be there to accelerate their development … to celebrate success … and to have fun!

You can be part of the event either by attending for the full day, or joining us just for the contests! 

Our theme is “Toastmasters – THE Social Media”

When we say “social media”, we don’t mean websites like Facebook … Twitter … Pinterest … YouTube … Tumblr … or MySpace.

We’re talking about Toastmasters and how it helpsyou look good and be respected in social situations. 

We invite you to join us on Saturday, November 9th, at Malone University in Canton … for a day focused on social communication through Toastmasters.

Get out from behind your computersocially interact face-to-face with other Toastmasters … make more new friends in the real world … and learn to improve your own Social Media project.

Reason #1 to Attend the Fall Conference:
Accelerate Your Development as a Toastmaster

Lori Lococo, DTM

Lori Lococo, DTM

Start the day off with inspiring and motivational words from International Director Lori Lococo, DTM, from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Lori is a “working ambassador” for the organization.  She will share a message from International President George Yen.

You don’t want to miss this session and you will find out about:
• how we can satisfy our members;
• opportunities for leadership;
• how mentorship helps all members;
• the revitalized education program;
• the new social “Meeting Room”.

Next … get working on your “social media education”!!

Do you want secrets to delivering better speeches? Would you like to know how to easily motivate others with your leadership skills?

We have eight “social media mavens” who have identified interesting and trending content in these areas and are eager to share it with you at the Fall conference.

Donna KomidarIs your delivery a little stiff? Concerned about how to make your speech more moving?

Donna Komidar, DTM, will teach body language techniques to enliven your speaking skills. You will find another level of communication is not just at your fingertips but in your whole body!


Jenilee200Hearts and stars! Jenilee Grabenhorst, DTM, will help you glitter up your speech with her special brand of spice.

Jenilee knows it’s all about presentation skills – she’s an expert at making a speech shiny and sparkling. It’s sure to be a showstopper!


reneRene Smith, DTM, Lt. Governor of Marketing, knows a thing or two about applying leadership skills, and she’s got some friends with her who have been tried by fire.  Rene and her panelists will talk about sponsorship, mentorship and coaching a club to success.

(Psst … if you’re working on your DTM, you do not want to miss this panel.)


Maria PajakZombie Speeches – those deadly, dreadful speeches that a zombie wrote with a Novocain pen – who doesn’t hate giving these lifeless talks?

Maria Pajak, ACS, ALS, will take these zombie speeches and talk about animating them without making a monsterous mess of the material.


JGA_4954Finished that first Competent Communicator manual and don’t know what to do next? With 15 manuals to choose from, how do you pick?

Sharon Brustoski, DTM, can lend a hand along with a panel of Toastmasters who have worked most or all of the manuals. Got a question? They’ve got answers! On track for your DTM or want to expand your skills? Get to this panel!


Sherry200Putting it all together into one speech- you’ve learned the tools, now it’s TOOL TIME! Sherry Watts, DTM, discusses 5 keys to wow the audience by putting those tools you learn in the Competent Communicator to work!

If you’re new to Toastmasters, this presentation will give you insight into the process that Toastmasters has refined and how it can work for you!


Judy200Unexpected change in plans? Judy Edwards, DTM, found Toastmasters changed her life by changing her career. Together with three others who have found Toastmasters redirected their careers in new and unexpected ways, this panel will inspire you to look at your dreams and how Toastmasters can help you get there. Panelists include Jacci Adams, Ron Finklestein, and District 10 2013 International Speech competitor, Terry Begue.


debstark110A Peek behind the Wire – Toastmasters clubs in prisons have an amazing impact on inmates in various Ohio penitentiaries. Spend an hour with Debbie Stark, ACB, to hear how Toastmasters works behind the wire. Focusing on prison clubs and gavel clubs, this informative presentation will expand what you think a Toastmaster is and where you can find them.


You’re probably thinking “those are some GREAT educational sessions“. And you’re right!

Click Here to RegisterReason #2 to attend:
Witness Top Toastmasters Get the Recognition they Deserve

There’s an old saying that if you want other people to stand and cheer for your accomplishments, then you have to be willing to stand and cheer for the accomplishments of others.

Imagine eating a relaxing luncheon with good food and friendly people, while you meet the Toastmasters who have made significant contributions to our Northeast Ohio District.  Included with your Full-Day ticket is a Leadership Luncheon … where awards like Toastmaster of the Year are handed out.

Cynthia A Brown, DTM

Cynthia A Brown, DTM

You’ll also get to hear our Luncheon Keynote by Cynthia A. Brown, MBA, DTM.  Cynthia Brown is a social media coach, marketing content developer, public relations specialist, and event planner.  She has engaged teens and professionals on topics such as career choices, Leveraging LinkedIn to Network, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Your Organization, Goal Setting, Leadership, and Social Media: the Differences Between Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter.  Cynthia is a Distinguished Toastmaster whose roles have included Public Relations Officer and Lieutenant Governor of Marketing of District 38.

Celebrate the new DTM’s!  Enjoy the DTM Minting Ceremony a major recognition event we hold to applaud your fellow Toastmasters who have achieved the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster.

Reason #3 to attend: 
To Relax, Have Fun and Laugh!

Watch the funniest and most quick-thinking speakers in Northeast Ohio compete in the District-level Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests! You’ll spend the afternoon laughing and trying to figure out how to add more humor to your own speeches!

… and much more that we don’t have time to mention!

The Schedule of Events

Fall 2013 Conference:  Toastmasters – THE Social Media
Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Malone University, Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts
2600 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44709

7:30 am:  Credentials desk is open to register to vote
8:00 am
:  District Council Meeting
8:30 am:  General Registration Opens
9:30 am:  Conference Begins with Morning Keynote by International Director Lori Lococo, DTM
10:45 am: Education Sessions
12:00 pm: Luncheon, Keynote by Cynthia Brown DTM, and Awards Recognition
1:45 pm:  Education Sessions
2:50 pm:  Education Sessions
4:00 pm:  DTM Minting Ceremony & Contests

If you’re a Club President, VP of Education, or District Leader, note the change we’ve made with the District Council Meeting. The meeting takes place first thing in the morning so we can make better use of the entire day with educational sessions.

You’ll Find it Affordable, too!

We would love to see you … out from behind your computer … in the audience … on November 9th as we show how Toastmasters is the original “social media”.

Go ahead … take ownership of your Toastmasters learning … and attend the Fall Conference.

Click Here to Register

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