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Getting More Out of District 51Toastmaster Conferences
by John Lau
Toastmasters Conferences offer unique opportunities for professional
and personal growth.
Perhaps the most important consideration for you is "What will you get
out of the experience." If you just passively attend you deny yourself
much of the real value. However, if you think about what you can do to get
more out of the programs, speakers and attendees (as well as your own
thought process); and then actively participate, you will multiply your
personal benefits. You are responsible for most of what you get out of any
conference. If you actively participate, you will become more informed and
more enthusiastic. Here are some helpful hints for getting more out of our
District conference communication and leadership forum.
- Set goals. Develop a list of personal goals; it will
help you focus. These goals can be oriented toward quality, professional
growth, and interpersonal relationship skills and experiences.
- Participate! Ask questions. Comment. Make
contributions. Be visible. You'll benefit at least two ways. First, your
mind will start working on information, ideas, problems and solutions.
Second, the speakers and attendees will contribute to finding answers
for you. (Don't overdo it. Be relevant and don't monopolize any
- Develop an action plan. Make a list of anything you want to
consider doing differently when you get back to your business, your
family and your club(s). This should help you visualize tangible
- Become involved with running the conference. It's a great way
to learn another process and to meet other people. For many people it is
easier to introduce themselves and start a conversation with others when
speaking on behalf of Toastmasters.
- Develop a list of questions. Think about specific issues you
want addressed by the seminar speakers.
- Enjoy yourself. You can learn more when you are having a good
time! Take care of yourself physically. Eat properly. Get adequate rest.
- Take clear notes. Notes help you organize your thoughts, keep
you more involved and will be helpful for future reference. Take notes
right the first time. Few people actually take time to rewrite notes
- Write a brief report or briefing based on your notes.
Circulate it to anyone who might be interested, particularly your club
and district members. Attach copies of useful materials from the
convention. Submit an article about the convention to your club and
- Expand your network. Meet everyone you can during and between
programs. Each candidate, speaker and attendee has a specific area of
expertise. Make a list of contacts. Exchange business cards. Plan meals
with others and share information.
- Present a post-convention speech to your club. (Make sure
it's a manual speech.) It will help others appreciate why you're
enthusiastic about our TI conventions and our Toastmasters programs.
Share your action plan and put your new information to work for you and
See you all at the Pansea 2002 in Kuala Lumpur
24th to 26th, 2002.
5 Main Reasons to
be at KL2002
1. International President's attending the function
2. Dinners, lunches and tea breaks at no extra cost
3. Parliamentary procedure in action
4. Educational and motivational workshops for free
5. District International Speech Contest (contestants from 7 countries)
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Why is there a need to attend a Toastmasters
When you surround yourself with people from whom you can learn instead of just people who are learning from you you are more likely to grow. When you make friends in the most
lively and exciting situation, you not only create an everlasting
friendship, you tend to build a network. When
you cannot read more than 10 books in a year, by attending just one
convention, you are able to observe and learn from those who can.
When more positive people gather in a convention who are dedicated to growth, then their values and priorities will encourage
you and reinforce your desire to develop yourself.
Why does a District hold an
- To conduct the District Executive Committee meeting
- To conduct the District Council Meeting
- To present the report of the nominating Committee and hold the election
of officers for
the coming year
- To provide training for members of the District Executive Committee and members
- To present awards and recognition to individuals for their outstanding accomplishments
- To install the newly elected District Officers
- To conduct the International Speech Contest to select the District's representative at
the Regional level
What do you get when you attend an annual convention:
- Educational and Self-Development workshops and talks which you have the liberty to
select a few to attend during the 3 day convention
- Enjoy 2 evenings of fun and dance at the Welcome Nite Dinner and Installation Banquet
- 4-Tea Breaks where we can relax and mix around with friends from 5 different countries
- One Farewell Lunch at the end of the whole 3 day for you to wet your appetite and wet
your eyes for Goodbyes
Plus, you will also get to do the
- Network with contacts from 7 countries
- Make more friends from the 7 countries and from the participating
Toastmasters from other countries
- Observe how parliamentary procedure is carried out during meetings
- Attend talks and workshops without paying anything extra
- Learn new things
- List more adventures
- Find out what Toastmasters is all about
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