Schedule

This schedule below is roughly based on the Toastmasters District 47 Conference from June 2020 (which turned into a Virtual Empowerment Weekend because of the COVID-19 crisis). The point is to show how RSVPMaker can can display the schedule for an event. Each conference session is an RSVPMaker post, and the different tracks are color coded (setup details).

Leadership: Red
Communication: Blue
Keynote: Green

Friday June 12, 2026

2:00 PM Dazzling Digital Marketing for Speakers and Clubs

There are many low budget / no budget online tools speakers and clubs can tap to share their awesomeness with the world. Here are some of the best.

David particularly recommends options based on WordPress but will also discuss resources available on LinkedIn, Facebook, and event promotion and professional networking platforms.

Presenter: David F. Carr, DTM

David F. Carr is this year’s district webmaster and the founder of the WordPress for Toastmasters project. He is a past president of Club Awesome Toastmasters in Coral Springs and led Online Presenters Toastmasters to charter in 2017. He is the author of Social Collaboration for Dummies and has been a main stage speaker at technology conferences in Lisbon, Berlin, and Stockholm.

David previously served as an editor for InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, and Internet World. He has written for Forbes, CIO Magazine, and Defense Systems and is a current contributor to The Enterprisers Project

Communication Skills

3:00 PM “Empowering Your Team” – Bill Kirby, DTM

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If you believe that the most important leadership instrument you have in life and work is You, how about spending some time on transforming yourself?

Becoming a more conscious leader enables us to observe the bigger picture while at the same time making choices to align our behaviors with who we want to be.

This course will cover differences in leadership styles, offer insights into what being a leader really means and practices that will help you get the most out of your team.”

Leadership Skills, Moderate

4:00 PM “Elements of Storytelling” – Kip Barkley, DTM

Kip will present a one-hour workshop on what makes for a good story. There is you the Teller, your audience, and the Story. There are characters, setting, plot, and some conflict to liven things up. Kip will demonstrate classic tales and then pick them apart.

How does Kip go about being creative? What about ethics: whose story is this? How to apply Toastmaster skills like gestures, face, voice within ZOOM.

DTM Barkley has been a Toastmaster for 30+ years and is a member of the Florida Storytelling Association. Come, be entertained, and tell a better story. See www.KipBarkley.net.”

Communication Skills, Moderate

5:00 PM “Preparing to speak—getting over stage fright” – Ambika Devi

Ambika has an interactive workshop packed with tools, tips, and tricks to help you prepare to speak and get over stage fright. From breathing and centering to vocal warm-ups and visualizations you are going to gain everything you need to walk out in front of a group, get on camera, and speak with confidence and grace. This session is sure to change your way of gearing up to present for good giving you extra space to focus on your subject and deliver your message comfortably and relaxed!

Beginner, Communication Skills

Saturday June 13, 2026

8:00 AM “I Will Do It – Goal Setting that Works!” – Erin Coley

Participants will learn techniques for setting goals by focusing their intent, clarifying destination, identifying steps, and setting deadlines for success.  Participants will be assigned accountability buddies to help them be successful.

Beginner, Leadership Skills

9:00 AM “13 Ways to Be Joyful in Everything” – Nina Obier, DTM

Do you find yourself constantly on the go with a calendar filled of events that are time wasters? Or maybe you are consistently looking to others for answers on achieving your goals? Has anyone every called you a “people pleaser”? If you can relate to one or all these statements, then this workshop is for you. As a recovering people pleaser who said yes to all the things and was always asking permission or looking for validation, I have discovered another way to look at leadership, self-leadership to be exact, because who are we with the most? 24/7? Ourselves. Join me as we explore 13 Ways to Be Joyful in Everything.

Leadership Skills, Moderate

11:00 AM Keynote: “OWN THE STAGE” – Darren LaCroix

Keynote

1:00 PM “ABC: Speech Preparation Tactics” – Ernesto G. Williams

Public Speaking is like a plant. It needs to be fed, watered, and nurtured in order to cultivate its true potential – beautiful fruit to benefit others. Come and learn of proven unique, interactive, and fun activities that all Toastmasters can use to supercharge and nurture the skills of the public speaker within!

Beginner, Communication Skills

2:00 PM Keynote: “How to Achieve Club Excellence” – Anthony J. Longley, DTM

International Director Longley will draw from his depth of experience and share leadership strategies to enhance Member Awareness, Engagement and Participation, the key elements of club excellence.

Keynote

4:00 PM “COMMAND with Your Virtual Presence” – Lois Margolin, DTM

DTM Lois Margolin, President of Online Presenters, spent 3+ years meeting week after week in the Zoom platform so she can COMMAND with her presence.  Now she is ready to share her secrets with YOU!

Have you discovered how to engage your audience with emoticons, breakout rooms and Zoom polling tools?  Do you understand when you should sit close vs stand?  Does the camera love you? Wondering how to make that Power Point presentation keep your audience on the edge of their seat?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then let “Just” Lois help you COMMAND Your Virtual Presence.”

Leadership Skills, Moderate

5:00 PM “Put Your Dream To The Test” – Dorrette Keen, DTM

Most people fail to realize their potential because their dreams remain hypothetical. PUT YOUR DREAMS TO THE TEST, takes your dream from ethereal to achievable.  Attend this workshop and learn how to crystallize your vision and galvanize your commitment.  Learn how to be intentional, both privately and professionally-by working with purpose and having a solid plan.  Being intentional is about relying on a pre-determined strategy.  You will leave this workshop not only having a dream, but also knowing how to achieve it. If you know the right questions to ask yourself, and if you can answer these questions in an affirmative way, you will have an excellent chance of being able to achieve your dreams. The more questions you can answer positively, the greater the likelihood of success!  Attend and learn 10 Questions That Will Help You See It and Seize It!

Beginner, Leadership Skills

Sunday June 14, 2026

8:00 AM “Educational Moments for Toastmasters & Beyond” – Marlene Smith

“What is a “Moment of Education” role?

This role, “Moment of Education” or MOE, is a public speaking tip, given in 1-2 minutes at a club meeting.  This workshop reviews this role. Several public speaking tips in the format of a picture quote will be shared.

Why is it on the agenda? These questions and more will be addressed in this workshop. Engage, educate, and empower with “Educational Moments for Toastmasters and Beyond”.

The full PDF version of “Educational Moments and Beyond” is available upon request for use at Toastmaster clubs.”

Communication Skills, Moderate

9:00 AM “Adopting Fluid Leadership” – Samantha Inguanzo

Discover best practices to ride waves of uncertainty and navigate turbulent paths by implementing a fluid leadership style. Fluid leadership utilizes various known and highly effective leadership styles, identifying and selecting the ideal fit appropriate to unique and highly specialized situations. As leaders we routinely face dynamic, high-intensity, obscure, precarious, and sometimes perilous conditions. Equip yourself with resources, skills, and attitudes to stay calm and remain buoyant while overcoming any trial regardless of circumstances.

Learn tactics to employ during tumultuous times, strategies to support and encourage team members, and mindsets to imbue excellence.

Advanced, Leadership Skills

10:00 AM “Inclusive Language in Speaking” – Luiz Bravim

Learn how to avoid using gendered, jarring, or stereotypical language when writing your speeches.

Advanced, Communication Skills

11:00 AM Keynote: “STORYTELLING FOR LEADERS” – Darren LaCroix

Communication Skills, Keynote

1:00 PM “Pro Speaking After COVID-19” – Jim Barber

The past few months have seen many industries turned upside down, and professional speaking is no exception. “Pro Speaking After COVID-19” explores what the speaking industry looks like right now (hint: it’s in shambles), how and when the experts expect it to reemerge to profitability, and how professional speakers (or aspiring pros) can not only survive but eventually thrive during this unprecedented crisis. If you have ever had the urge to enjoy a successful career as a speaking professional, you need to attend this eye-opening examination of an industry in chaos.

Communication Skills, Moderate