Replay: the Future of Online Toastmasters Workshop

The video of our workshop on the Future of Online Toastmasters is included below, along with information about the participants and the results of a survey we conducted of attendees and early replay viewers.

Our Panel

Moderator: Marianne Grady has spent more than 20 years as an HR executive. Of late, she is providing coaching services related to Job Interviewing, Career Strategies and Presentations. Marianne is a long time Toastmaster and has held almost every board position at least once. She has been a member of Online Presenters since early 2020 and currently resides in the state of Delaware.

David F. Carr

David led Online Presenters to charter in 2017, served as its first president, and is currently VPE. He chaired the EVV CON virtual conference in 2022 and is the founder of the WordPress for Toastmasters project and Toastmost club website hosting service.

George Marshall

George Marshall was part of the original online club trial project that became Netizens and has been involved with many other online clubs, including as a charter member of Online Presenters. He recently wrapped up a year as District Director for District 57 in California.

Joseph Esler

Joseph is the founder of Tragicomedy Toastmasters, which was originally supposed to be a hybrid club — except that operating 100% online worked out so well. Part of District 31, the club chartered in 2021.

Larry Miller

Larry Miller was one of the founders of Netizens, the first official online Toastmasters club, and remains an active club leader.

Graham Cairns

Graham is a radio presenter, travel writer, speaker, trainer, voice-artist and consultant based in Brisbane, Australia. He was a charter member of Online Presenters.

Joni-Renee Laidlaw

In 2020, Joni-Renee Laidlaw of Jamaica stepped forward to help leaders in her District 81 become comfortable conducting online meetings due to COVID. She continues to work with “traditional” clubs that remain online because “they haven’t figured out what to do next.” She joined Online Presenters in June 2022.

Author: David F. Carr

Founder of Online Presenters and of the WordPress for Toastmasters project. Past President and member of Club Awesome in Coral Springs, Florida. Also former Area Governor, District Social Media Director. Outside of Toastmasters: writer, editor, and digital marketing consultant. He currently works as a Senior Insights Manager for Similarweb, the digital intelligence platform. Formerly an editor at publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, Internet World, and WebWeek, and a contributor to VentureBeat and The Enterprisers Project.