World Champion of Public Speaking Jim Key Will Help Judge Our Mini-Webinar Contest

We are fortunate to have recruited a celebrity guest Judge for Monday’s Mini-Webinar Contest! You can learn more about Jim Key below. Click the RSVP button if you would like to join us as a guest.

The Mini-Webinar Contest is an unofficial Toastmasters format we developed to test online presentation skills. It’s a “webinar” in the same way that an International Speech Contest speech is like a mini-keynote. Speakers will have 6-8 minutes, including time fielding questions submitted via the chat function of our online meetings platform.

Monday September 24, 2018 7:30 PM EDT to 9:00 PM EDT

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

The formal meeting starts on the hour. Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions and an

Contest Master:
Carol Prahinski, DTM
Welcomes the contestants and audience. Introduces the Chief Judge
Chief Judge:
David F. Carr, DTM
Explains the rules
Roger Fung, DTM
Ballot Counter:
Angela Smucker
Chat Monitor:
Dagmara Sitek
Assists the contestants with monitoring questions received via Q&A. Alerts the contest master and chief judge to any issues reported via chat.

Contest Speech Format: Speakers will be allowed 6-8 minutes. It is up to the speaker to decide how much of that time to spend responding to audience questions, but they will get points for audience engagement. Time spent on Q&A is included within the 6-8 minute time limit.

Contestants who speak for less than 5 minutes, 30 seconds, or more than 8 minutes, 30 seconds, will be disqualified. The Timer should interrupt any speaker who goes past 9 minutes to keep the event as a whole on time.

Sunny Fridge, ACG, ALB
Norman Dowe, PM4, ACG, ALB
Ryan Demchuk
Jim Barber, ATMG, CL
Lois Margolin, DTM
Backup Speaker:
Jim Key, 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking, will be our celebrity guest judge.

We ask our guest judge for general feedback on the quality of the webinar presentations and the contest as a whole (5-7 minutes).

President or presiding officer wraps up the meeting and asks for volunteers to fill open roles at the next meeting. Be sure to finish by 9 pm U.S. Eastern Time.

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Meet Jim Key


Jim Key comes from a background in computer technology, sports, music, leadership, and public speaking. After entering the world of Information Technologies in 1987, Jim developed an IT consulting practice, working with leaders and managers from national non-profit organizations, manufacturing companies, and service companies across the United States. Additionally, he has volunteered for many years in his community and church, working with children and teenagers in various capacities for 20+ years.

Jim’s volunteerism and information technologies background converged in 1996, as he brought much needed automation to a national youth development program. His efforts led to an invited position of serving 6 years on the national steering committee for this youth program, and to a cutting edge computerized solution that is still in use today. Additionally, participation in the program more than quadrupled during those 6 years of Jim’s influence and involvement.

Simply put, Jim is a difference maker. He believes in pursuing excellence unapologetically, and without reservation. This passion for excellence enabled and drove him to become an award-winning speaker. Reaching the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking an unprecedented three consecutive times, Jim set an unparalleled mark for continued presentation excellence on his way to becoming the 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking. He has subsequently delivered keynote addresses and workshops around the United States and in several other countries. Jim currently serves as an adjunct professor of communications at West Coast Bible College and Seminary.

Though Jim speaks to a variety of audiences, he always speaks from his heart directly to the hearts of the audience members. His presentations include examples to which everyone can relate, as he blends everyday humor with messages of gravitas to produce programs that yield results. You can expect his uplifting message to inspire your people to higher levels of achievement in your organization.

On a personal note, Jim is a devoted husband and father. He has three children: Jay (32),  Michael (28), and Veronica (21). He has been very active in coaching soccer, baseball, and basketball with kids in the YMCA sports program.