San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Toastmasters from all over London and beyond are invited to join us for Division B Autumn Conference and Contests. A jam-packed programme has been laid out to cover the day, with workshops, the Table Topics & Humorous Speech Contests a speakfest and a keynote speech by a past UK & Ireland Humorous Speech Champion!
Ticket purchase grants entry to the "Great Victorian Raffle" with amazing prizes!
9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Networking
9:30 – 10:35 Speakfest
Fancy delivering a short 5 mins speech on any topic, a mini-educational, want to try out a workshop exercise? This is your chance to do it and get feedback from everyone present.
10:45 – 11:35 Workshop: Long-term leadership & Succession Planning by Jean Gamester
Jean is the past District 91 ‘UK South’ Director, a past CEO of the Speakers Trust charity and one of the UK’s foremost change leadership and organisational development experts.
11:45 – 12:35 Workshop: Confidence through Connection by Nicola Dhillon
Nicola is a professionally trained actor and international presenter. She has been the voice of multinational companies from Phillips to Cannon in presenting at product launches and awards shows all over the world from London to Singapore.
12:35 – 13:30 Lunch Break & Briefings
Attendees are strongly encouraged to make use of the excellent facilities offered by the on-site 2 Bridge Place restaurant, featuring a range of affordable lunch options starting at only £9.
13:35 – 14:00 Keynote address: ‘A Heroic Act’ by Ola Aralepo – 2011 UK & Ireland Humorous Speech Champion
Like it or loathe it, the ability to speak humorously is fast becoming a communication competence that audiences expect from a speaker/leader in the UK. This ability is a competence that can be learnt and mastered. But it takes a lot of courage, 'a heroic act' to develop this competence.
What is this heroic act? You are invited to find out.
14:00 – 14:45 Table Topics Contest
8 Contestants from all over West London will be battling for a chance to represent Division B at the District 91 final in early November. Find out who the winner will be!
14:45 – 15:00 Break & Networking
15:00 – 16:30 Humorous Speech Contest
Cackle and laugh at the speeches of 8 contestants from all over Division B clubs! Good times and laughter guaranteed!
16:30 – 16:50 Closing address: ‘Choose extraordinary - Launch a new club!’ by Club Growth Director Andy Hammond
Launching a new Toastmasters club in your workplace or local community is an amazing opportunity to push yourself and boost your leadership skills. Let’s find out more about how you can do that and the numerous ways in which WE can help you.
16:50 – 17:00 Results and Great Victorian Raffle
Workshop: Confidence through Connection
Struggling with feeling small when you want to play tall?
In present times it appears everyone wants to be seen as unique, stand out from the crowd and showcase their USP or Unique Stage Presence, on all manner of platforms. In this workshop I will share a variety of tools and tips that I have gathered as a stage performer and corporate presenter to support you to create connection between where you are and where you want to be.
My experienced as a stage actress taught me how to breathe life into a character and the more attention I poured into the process the more powerful the presence of my character. The more powerful the presence, the more focused I felt, and the more focused I felt the more confident I was in the delivery.
It is no different in the bigger world stage. Focus is powerful, which is why we have to be sassy about where we choose to focus our attention. You may have heard the term 'Every subject is two subjects' - What you want and the lack of it. What determines the outcome or quality of an experience depends largely on what we choose to focus our attention on. We will look at ways to become a powerful focuser and how this can bolster our confidence and conviction in who we are and what we bring to the our very own life stage.
Topics to explore will include:
- The Receivership Principle
- Setting the Tone
- And Pre-Paving for Confidence
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Florian Bay - Division B Director
Division B Director