Many decades ago, my first job was at an organizational development and training firm. A wise and warm woman became my unofficial mentor, and put the seed of joining Toastmasters (or a Toastmistress group?) into my psyche. Even though I'd found soul-expression in performing, singing, teaching, motivational speaking and video-livestreaming to varied audiences over decades, it wasn't until 2018 that I found my way to Toastmasters (online) in Online Presenters. I'm so grateful. Currently I'm Vice President of PR, and immediate past VP-Membership.
My life work has always had a focus on uncovering and developing personal and group potential. Currently a transformation coach expanding from serving entrepreneurs into more executive and team coaching, my roots are in holistic caring. A foundation of skill in integrative health approaches and energy medicine (Reiki) surprisingly flipped into bringing those approaches into caregiving as an RN after turning 50.
Holistic nursing paved the way for my entry into coaching and wellness teaching as an entrepreneur and livestream broadcaster. TLC is a theme I weave into speeches, interviews and workshops, where playful engagement is employed for helpful solutions. Today's Laughter Care has been my most frequent audience-interactive program theme for wellness guidance and perceptual shift. How may I help you? Reach me at LeadWithTLC@gmail.com
Come to the April 5th Open House. No fooling, April is a great time for guests to make a first-time or repeat visit to Online Presenters. Members can celebrate and showcase the excellence and diversity in our global membership. .
We’ll be revealing what makes Online Presenters so oustanding, including high-caliber evaluations, excellent leaders, and globally-diverse members.
A different kind of meeting?? Yes. Past club presidents will offer special reflections, a single speaker will receive 3 expert evaluations. Table Topics will elicit #MyWhy responses about being part of this premier online-only Toastmaster Club.
SHOW YOUR COLORS. All attendees are invited to download their country/state flag or representation of heritage to use as a background — help celebrate the richness of the global membership in Toastmasters, and cultural diversity within our Online Presenters family.
Members – share this post to help “fill the house” with guests on April 5th. See you there!
What’s different in Online Presenters since 2017? Everything has upleveled – the way we look, act, engage, and outreach! You’ve likely seen Marianne Grady’s “007 style” club promo video of December 2020, but there was a snappy one made April, 2017 to attract folks to OP, an undistricted online pioneer. Many of the 2017 Charter Year members (still with us now) are in the promo — Check this out — find them and enjoy the catchy music.
Thank you to David Carr, Charter President, current Treasurer and Toastmost.org webmaster extraordinaire for captaining our ship from early on. Along with David, 11 of the 2017 charter year members are still with us — including Andy Bern, Carol Prahinski, Debra Carr, George Marshall, Graham Cairnes, Krishn Ramchurn, Lois Margolin, Lou Brown, Monika Tucker and Viviana Widjaja. We’re grateful for your continuity, caring, and all the ways you serve us and the mission of Toastmasters.
Our Newest Online Presenter Toastmaster isApril Elizee hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia USA. She was inducted on March 1st. April’s been a member of Com-Unity Toastmasters and previously was a multi- year member of the corporate club, HR Orators. Welcome April! You’re in the right place to refine your online presentation skills!
What can YOU do now?
To keep Online Presenters being a robust and meaningful presence in the Toastmaster world – please
INVITE GUESTS to our APRIL 5th OPEN HOUSE. We’ll be showcasing what makes Online Presenters so oustanding, including high-caliber evaluations, excellent leaders, and globally-diverse members. Past club presidents will offer special reflections, a single speaker will receive 3 expert evaluations, and Table Topics will elicit #MyWhy responses about being part of this premier online-only Toastmaster Club.
SHOW YOUR COLORS – download your country/state flag or representation of heritage to use as a background — help celebrate the richness of our global membership and cultural diversity.
WEBINAR Contest – Fun Format on April 26
Are you up for a challenge?Compete in Online Presenters’ APRIL 26th mini-webinar contest with a 3-5 minute presentation. There will be a winner – who’ll go on to compete at #VTMCON – the Virtual Toastmasters Conference in June. This event will host the first multi-club webinar contest ever.
If you think of the International Speech Contest as being a competition for who can deliver the best keynote in a compressed, 7-minute format, the mini-webinar contest is the equivalent for an online presentation where part of the speaker’s challenge is to create audience engagement, potentially address questions, and close with some sort of “call to action.” Trying to create engagement within a 3-5 minute webinar will be challenging, but that’s what makes it a contest!
The Bigger, Better June Virtual Toastmasters Conference
#VTMCON this June will be hosted over two days, — June 26 & 27th. This time there were will be more featured workshops, again under the theme “Make YOUR Audience Remember You.” New will be a webinar contest, and plenty of intermissions so attendees can break for a meal, tending family, or any other need.
COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE CREATION. Thirteen clubs, with either “Sponsor” (online/undistricted) or “Affiliate” (hybrid/districted) designation, will be important partners promoting the event, providing event team staffing, and hosting engaging activities in many BREAKOUT ROOMS (i.e. networking, entertainment, mini-workshops or fun competition).
MAIN PRESENTERS. There will be 6. We’re so excited to already have on our keynote lineup World Champions of Public Speaking Darren LaCroix and Mark Brown, plus Patricia Fripp, National Speaker Association distinctive past President. Find the keynoters bios, emerging conference schedule and more at the event website.
#VTMCON Leadership, Teamwork, HELP Wanted
VTMCon continues to have Online Presenters leaders give inspiration and direction the 2nd Virtual Toastmasters (multi-club) Conference, making it an even more collaborative event.
HELP WANTED!Many of the committees (in RED) are inviting additional team members. Reach out to the team leader for their current, more specific needs.
Congratulate your fellow members; offer them feedback on speeches, connect! Member Emails
SPRING brings CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to our Video Speech Contest Winners Jim Barber (1st Place) and Mike Woodall (2nd Place). It was a rousing competition on March 22nd, also featuring Ginette Francois and Andriy Smolenko. The speeches included moving themes on parent-child relationships, healing, mentoring, and being powerful in rule-breaking. Jim Barber’s winning speech video will become an entry into Toastmaster.org’s undistricted clubs’ 2021 competition. Good luck!
It’s 2nd DTM time for Birgit Starmanns!
Congratulations to Birgit Starmanns, member of Online Presenters since April of 2020 – for achieving her second Distinguished Toastmasters designation about 10 years after achieving her first one. She approached earning this 2nd one in a less hurried fashion, and enjoyed mentoring many more Toastmasters along the way.
Birgit (pronouncer BEER-get) – hails from Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley) close to the San Francisco Bay area on the US west coast. She drives a convertible, is an accomplished ballroom dancer, and has long been involved in PR leadership in Districts 4 and 101. Birgit’s been a Toastmaster since 2006, is currently 2nd-time President for the advanced club Evening Stars Toastmasters, and will mark her one-year anniversary with Online Presenters come April.
Need some inspiration for the Level 4 “start a podcast” elective? Listen to the some of fine interviews and great production elements of “Destination 101” , the bi-weekly podcast Birgit Starmanns produces and hosts for District 101 (it launched in December, 2020). We sure can learn from our fellow members.
A 30-year Toastmaster’s Reflections
Dr. Michael S. Alexander, DTM marks his 30th year being a Toastmaster. Indeed, that’s a long, long time to learn, grow and serve – Online Presenters offers congratulations! PRESS Editor Elaine Nieberding invited him to offer some pithy guidance for making the most of being a Toastmaster.
Reflect on his most helpful words:“Whenever you hear someone (including yourself) say — I don’t know if I am ready — remind them that you never learn anything by only doing things you already know how to do.”
Aligned with that idea he’s venturing anew, designing Specialty Toastmaster clubs. He says this is a chance to apply Think-tank/Mastermind models to Toastmasters, and provide a whole new learning experience.
Likely no surprise, in his long toastmastering tenure, Michael Alexander’s held all of the offices at the club level, served as Area Governor, District Chief Judge, and many other roles. Like Birgit Starmanns featured above, Michael finds the teaching and mentoring service deeply fulfilling. He says “You learn as much or more from your students than they do from you.”
RECAP: Outstanding Storytelling Workshop
“Authenticity in Storytelling” — Online Presenters’ first workshop of 2021 featured the dynamic Fursey Gotuaco on February 27th. He drew a huge global audience, not a surprise after his rousing “Seal the Deal” presentation at VTMCON of December 5, 2021.
Visit, or revisit to see how Fursey’s oreo cookie story grabs and pulls us into connection, then engages us to stretch our gestural, positional, vocal and emotional reach. He demonstrates how to use music to support story creation, set mood for vocal practice and oh so much more.
Three bold volunteers shared brief stories. We witnessed the changes with Fursey’s coaching so audiences would more likely feel, think and respond to the intentions of the speakers: Tammie D (The Proposal, 39:00); Moira O’Brien (Do you believe in Miracles? 48:30); Jose Pereira (fall in love with the one in the wheel chair 1 hour mark) Guest Jim (finding the singing bowl partner 1:07); Rod Todorvitch (sailing 1:12) . Q & A starts at 1 hour 23 minutes).
April 7th (revised) deadline to get your FREE Pathway
This is a gift to TM members that paid/renewed a full membership for the October 2020 – March 2021 period by December 31 2020. (Paying retro renewal dues now will not give members a free path.) Dual members who renewed do not get multiple free paths (only one). Free path incentive does not apply to print paths.
Don’t let this gift from Toastmasters.org go to waste. Claim yours before 4/07/2021, start projects whenever you like.
March 30, 2021
Dear Toastmaster, Recently, we emailed you to let you know that you qualified for a free learning path for renewing your membership before the end of 2020. Due to increased demand and a technical issue, path purchases through the member profile are temporarily unavailable.
We are working diligently to fix this issue and return the path purchasing functionality as soon as we can. In the meantime, we have set up this form for you to sign up for your free path.
Please complete and submit the form by April 7. With such high demand, it may take some time to process your request. Path requests will be processed in the order they are received, and we appreciate your patience. Please visit the Pathways webpage if you need help deciding which path is best for you. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. Sincerely, Supply Orders Team Toastmasters International
Magnetizing the OP VP-PR for 2021-22
Loving Online Presenters? Hmmm – have some PR experience from a club or elsewhere — want to grow those skills?
Consider nominating yourself for this executive role — you’ll gain great leader experience in our premier Toastmaster Club. If looking to earn your DTM, you’ll be able to meet the “club officer” requirement.
I welcome your inquiry, curiosity and having a conversation to explore whether this might be a win-win arrangment for you – and this fine club. When we talk, I’ll share insights gleaned while serving here, and how I could support a smooth office holder transition. Have some questions?? Please reach out.
See you soon at an upcoming meeting. Your feedback on this issue is of course – very welcome.
—Welcome –Calendar: January – June Events –Can Poetry Inspire Your Speaking? –Celebrate VTMCON 2020 (Leaders, Contest Winners, Galleries) –VTMCON Workshop Gold (Revisit, handy links) –VTMCON 2021: June 26-27 –Member Honors and Achievements (Leaders Rise & Shine, Pathways Awards) –Membership Momentum –Help Other Clubs –V (Valuable You) Wordcloud
–Connect & Collaborate (Contacts)
Welcome (going bi-monthly)
What will now be the bi-monthly club newsletter is finally before you. Covid 19 woes and global political dramas have had so many reeling. Thank goodness we’ve had our Toastmaster clubs like Online Presenters to gather in for learning, levity, and growing in leadership.
Anytime you need a lift… watch this peppy video created by Marianne Grady — our intro to global attendees of the December 5th VTMCON event.
May this issue help you recall the fun of our club, our collaborations, and inspire you to new clarity for your Toastmaster and leadership actions in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Elaine Nieberding, Online Presenters Press Editor and club VP-PR
Calendar: JAN – JUNE Events
Paper or digital calendar for you? Get yours out and add these in!
Sat. JAN 30 is our first Speechathon in 2021, 11:30 am Eastern. Sign in to signup and share your skills as an Evaluator, since a few more are needed…
Mon. FEB 15th – is another Speakathon. Look for more speaking slots to be inserted for signups, soon.
Mon. FEB 22nd, 7:15 pm EST – a PANEL Discussion on Club Coaching … wow! Part of our weekly meeting.
Sat. FEB 27th, 10 am EST – WORKSHOP on Authentic Storytelling led by VTMCON presenter Fursey Gotuaco. Eventbrite Registration will be coming for your sign-ups soon.Bring a 1-2 minute personal story that you’d like to come to life.
Mon. MARCH 8th, 7:15 pm EST – Day at the Improv – exercises to stretch your creative communication (at our weekly meeting.)
Mon. MARCH 15th, 7:15 pm EST – Speakathon – more speaking and evaluator slots to hone your skills during this meeting.
Mon. MARCH 22th, 7:15 pm EST – Club Video Speech Contest
Mon. APRIL 5th, 7:15 pm EST – Open House with Online Presenters Toastmasters. Have guests join the fun.
Mon. APRIL 26th, 7:15 pm – Webinar Contest (hone those virtual presentation skills!!)
Mon. MAY 17th, 7:15 – Vocal Variety specialty session at our weekly meeting.
Sat. & Sun. JUNE 26-27 – VTM CON 2021 – the Virtual Toastmasters Conference goes to 2 days, involving many more TM clubs. Sign up for the email-notice listand send your Toastmaster friends over to https://vtm.toastmost.org too.
Can Poetry Inspire Your Speaking?
Since her televised Inaugural Poem “A Hill to Climb” on January 20th, Amanda Gorman has taken the world by storm with her creative, powerful presence.
Could this be fresh inspiration to uplevel your speechcraft with poetic alliteration, and rhyme; experiment with pausing, tempo changes in phrasing, and more?
Whether you were an attendee, team leader or volunteer, co-chair, advisor or club member helping with PR, contestant too… thank you for being part of the inaugural Virtual Toastmasters Conference held December 5, 2020!
Special thanks to David Carr, OP Charter President, Toastmost.org web platform creator and event PR chair. The whole thing could not have been born without his ongoing tech wizardry and caring.
Leaders make all the Difference!
It started with Vision. One of DTMs Nik Lakhani and Krishn Ramchurn, and OP Immediate Past President Lois Margolin DTM’s wise and grounding counsel. An event was created, with major execution happening in the 6 weeks just prior to its “birth” on December 5, 2020 – in collaboration with 5 other clubs. Pretty wild, growing the teams, having hundreds of live attendees. and enjoying videos, music and dancing, interviews and more in the “break time.” Wow… just wow.
Congratulations VTMCON 2020 Contest Winners!
Recall the fun in the galleries below.
Workshop GOLD to Use!
VTMCON 2021: June 26-27
Get ready for a second VTMCON (use #vtmcon as you help us promote in the coming months.)
This June, 2-day event will involve more online Toastmaster clubs. The theme “Make YOUR Audience Remember You” will continue, and teams and leadership roles are being reconfigured.
Stay tuned for the emerging full leadership for teams Talent, Breakout, Program, Recording, Zoom, Contests and more.
HELP ESPECIALLY SOUGHT – identifying GREAT lead workshop presenters for our next VTMCON – with amazing presentation and engagement skills aimed at helping you uplevel! Contact Pamela Benjamin, event co-chair at email@example.com.
Honors & Achievements
Leaders Continue to Rise and Shine
Our Sarra Idehen, Online Presenters member since April, 2020 was recognized as Division Director of the Year for 2019-2020, District 15, Division D Kudos, Sarra!
Lois Margolin – DTM, Immediate Past President of Online Presenters and Co-chair for VTMCON 2020 revels in receiving the Club President award for her superlative service to us, 2019-2020.
PATHWAYS – Great Momentum into 2021
We are thrilled to have OP President Nik Lakhani at ourhelm and congratulate him on receiving the Distinguished Toasmaster designation this past December. Busy serving in many Toastmaster arenas since 2016, he’s currently Mentor for Dovercome Toastmasters Club (Hybrid, District 91); and Mentor for Shilling Speakers Toastmasters Club (Hybrid, District 91). With others he’s just launched Digital Communicators Toastmasters, and will be an one of the special advisors for VTMCON 2021.
APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE for Pathways Level Completion Achievements!
What’s the Smedley Award?? It’s what up to 20 clubs worldwide can earn if they enroll 5 new members in August-September. Online Presenters achieved that — and was just awarded the blue ribbon in December, 2020.
4 MORE NEW to OP in December 2020 and into the New Year. We’re proud to welcome into our ranks these seasoned Toastmasters and professional presenters:
Natatia Vanellison, DTM from Savannah, Georgia USA joined in December. Catch her energetic presence.
Sony Vasandani hails from AUSTRALIA, making her the second Online Presenter member from “down under.” Sony, do you speak “strine” like Graham Cairnes??
Calvin Dorsey, DTM achieved his Distinguished Toastmaster rank in June, 2020 and joined OP in January. He’s from Lewisville, Texas, USA.
Surya Vangala, DTM new member in 2021 – connected with OP via close fellowship with Marianne Grady, both of Princeton Toastmasters.
Help other Clubs!
Visiting other clubs is a great way to build relationships and grow skills. Can you help Bell Noontime Toastmasters?
Are you an experienced toastmaster who is passionate about helping new Toastmasters grow? Are you a seasoned speaker interested to visit a club different from your own? Bell Noontime Toastmasters Club is looking for outside club contest judges to help out in their club contest on Wednesday Feb 3, 2021, 12-1pm EST (US east coast time). Please reach out to Sara Gao, DTM, VPE of Bell Noontime for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
V = Valuable = You
Recalling 2020 and starting anew in 2021 – catch these V-Words and associations and then make your plans for OP participationand collaboration to create great value in the days ahead.
VIRTUAL, VIDEO meetings were VALIDATED!
The covid VIRUS spurred online connection amongst Toastmasters in a way we could not have imagined.
Online Presenters members extended goodwill education through VOLUNTEERISM to help Districts and Clubs from near and far learn the mechanics of meeting online.
A VISION to create a global conference was realized!
The Inaugural VTM CON 2020 brought together new collaborations amongst online TM clubs/clubmembers and world-class presenters to serve Toastmasters and public speaking enthusiasts froall across the globe.
We keep discovering how VAST our skills are.
Guest VISITS to Online Presenters soared in 2020, and many found their way to apply and join. We VALUE every Online Presenters Toastmaster.
VERITABLY, we belong together. VIVA Online Presenters!
SAVOR and CELEBRATE our club connections in this 2nd issue of “the PRESS”. Guests and members are treated to magic moments each and every Online Presenters weekly meeting, occasional contest, and speechathon.
BACKGROUNDS displayed by members are more often revealing meeting themes. Pixabay.com is just one of the many royalty-free graphics resources sites we draw from to add vitality to Zoom-meeting together. Remember how Mahfuzur Rahman, Michael Alexander, Sara Gao and Saikishore Raju“got spicy” for us?
PREPARE to PROPEL VTM CON, the 12/5 event
WHY NOT WORDPLAY on DTM?? Angela Heathgave us great idea – to ID the Virtual Toastmasters Conference “VTM”! It will be a wonderful way to enter the last month of a rather challenging 2020, deepening connections with a global family of speakers, presenters, Toastmasters.
CONTESTS and WORKSHOPS to Make YOUR Audience Remember YOU. Online Presenters is taking a leading role in the creation of this collaborative event, VTM CON 2020 – vtm.toastmost.org. The conference website is hosted on toastmost.org, just like our club website. We’ve been a pioneering online-only club since 2017. President Nik Lakhani‘s dream to bring online clubs together to compete, collaborate and uplevel online skills is coming into being, so do join in.
COOL BACKGROUNDS. Further down in this issue, find the graphics you can download for use during the event — and before the event (help us promote!) Does Conference Co-Chair Lois Margolin look fabulous… or what?! Picture yourself in his grand background space.
WHO are the VTM CON EVENT LEADERS from Online Presenters? Yay, team leaders!!!! It’s quite a task communicating and collaborating with the other 5 great club volunteers, and it’s… happening! Thank you, leaders and committee volunteers.
Event Co-Chairs: Nik Lakhani & Lois Margolin
PR Chair: David Carr
Talent Chair: Pamela Benjamin
Contest Chair: Carol Prahinski
Contest Chief Judge: Lukas Calafell
TAKE the CHALLENGE!
THANKFUL for THIS CLUB?Marianne Gradyembodies the Spirit of Online Presenters — below she greets and challenges you. At this “harvest season” – how about opting in to make a 1 minute video?? Share your gratitude for the gifts you’ve received, being a part of the OP Family.
Send your .mp4 file email@example.com . We’ll highlight some via Facebook and website in the weeks ahead.
FACE(BOOK) it… We’re Social
YES, OP is on FACEBOOK!A growing number of guests and prospective members discover us first … on our Facebook Page! With Marianne Grady’s fine PR help (lots of fun posts) — our Facebook Page IS getting more traffic.
FACEBOOK Folks – help us out by
LIKING the page.
COMMENT. See yourself in a meeting screenshot? Say “hey, that was a great meeting” etc.
SHARE the VTM CON posts and any others to raise visibility and excitement.
REVISIT speeches and workshop posts featured there.
IT’s the ALGORYTHM. The more activity on our club page with your enegagement, the more posts become visible on Facebook User’s streams…
What do you think?Does our FB page have “the vibe” of our meetings?
LIGHTER Moments of “Toastgator”
LOVE A Toastgator??!? Or someone finding kinship with another “Big Mike”? BDC, aka Brian David Crawford did not disappoint OP friends and replay viewers of our October 31st meeting. Plus, recently he found a great way to entice a guest visitor to return. Seeing guest Mike sporting a boom microphone similar to his own, BDC chortled, “We need more Big Mic’s around here!”
President’s Distinguished Club (again!)
How wonderful to achieve Presidents Distinguished Club award from Toastmasters International for each club year since chartering in 2017. We’re well on our way already to completing needed goals for this year too. VPE Krishn Ramchurn says we’re eagerly awaiting completion of more Levels 2 and 3 freom our club members…. (nudge, nudge!)
TOASTMASTER of the YEAR Designations!
OP President Nik Lakhaniand Secretary Emily Thompsoneach were honored as “Toastmaster of the Year” 2019-2020: Nik for all of District 71 (the United Kingdom & Ireland) and Emily for Washtenaw Toastmasters in Ann Arbor, MI. They dream big, work hard…. and it’s noticed! Here at OP, “undistricted”… we fully give ourselves permission to go beyond boundaries when celebrating successes.
NEWS FLASH – Nik just received another award… designated as DIVISION HERO (Division K in District 91.) Wow, just wow, Nik!
PATHWAYS – Awesome Autumn Progress
APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE for Pathways Level Completion Achievements! With 2020 Covid-19 life adjustment, plus many of our members being active in multiple Toastmaster Clubs – it’s outstanding how our members keep growing. Notice who’s working on the same path as you.
2 MORE NEW to OP in October — born competitors — each braved our October Evaluation Contest – what a start!
Ginette Francois, DTM hails from Quebec, CANADA. Already she’s been lively in Table Topics and claiming roles; is Vote Counter again on Nov. 16.
Elizanne Warren-Russell from West Babylon, New York, UNITED STATES helped us get acquainted in her November 2nd Icebreaker. Family?? Fishing? Paragliding… prepare for surprises. Catch the replay, timestamp 19:09.
Saikishore Raju rejoined OP, returning to the US amidst Covid-19 woes and county entry travails. He delights in his comeback to Online Presenters, participating in David Carr leading Table Topics on October 26th (Scary movies — do you love them or hate them? timestamp 33:35)
9 COMPETED in the EVALUATION CONTEST.
THE WINNERS… Andriy Smolenko – 1st, Louis Brown – 2nd andRoxanne Hosein – 3rd. Hear Andriy exuberantly conveying the wisdom of “Facts tell and story sells!”
4 OP Winners to compete in VTM CON 2020
You’ll want to root on all the first and second place winners from our fall contests competing at the “next level” at VTM CON 2020 on December 5th. The contests will be in the first portion of the 8 hour event, starting at 8:30 am Eastern.
Speaking of contests — the impromptu debating at our November 2nd meeting spurred Rosena Duncanson (third-place winner of our September Table Topics contest) to try this “sport” again. Just days later, she astounded herself winning an Impromptu Debate Contest on November 7, chaired by Nik Lakani — part of a unique 24-hour online Table Topics marathon. Well done, Rosena!
VTM CON – the DEC 5th event!
Make YOUR Audience Remember You (theme)
WORKSHOPS at VTM CON are to help you become more memorable and impactful as an online speaker and presenter.
MORNING/DAY/EVENING for YOU?? You can see how the 8:15 am Eastern (New York/USA) Event Room Opening time is converted for your city/timezone here. Scroll down to see all the cities/zone times.
After the 9 am Eastern Welcomes, the day segments alternate between presenter workshops and contests. Also woven throughout the day are interviews of contest winners and participants, video introductions of the 6 Collaborating Toastmaster Clubs, and breaks.
Register, knowing you can attend as many or few portions of the conference as you like. Our Zoom Room capacity is 500.
BACKGROUNDS to show your VTM Colors!
Come on, come on (do) VTM Promotion with OP! You enjoy the great backgrounds folks are using at our meetings? Well, YOU can use the ones below at OP, other clubs you’re in or guest-visit, AND at the EVENT to help build excitement.
VARIOUS CHOICES… Click to download the images you want – then show your VTM CON colors!
VTM Logo – Social Profile Pic
SHARE SOCIALLY, use #VTMCON Hashtag!
Be on the lookout for VTM CON emails and social media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more – and share!
INCLUDE SUGGESTED TEXT with a VTM CON photo:
Register now for VTM CON 2020, a virtual conference for Toastmasters and anyone who wants to learn to make a stronger impression when speaking and leading online. #VTMCON
VTM CON 2020 Contest Chief JudgeLukas Calafell needs additional experienced online contest helpers – Judges and otherwise. Click his name to launch a volunteering conversation.
ZOOM MASTER-ASSISTANTS are being recruited too by team lead Sarinca Janga of One Club One World (OCOW).
Assignments will be made to assist for a specific time slot (contest or workshop). Reach out to Sarinca via email and help put your Zoom coordination skills to work.
CONNECT with Online Presenters Leadership
We’re here to make for win-win relationships. Here’s how to connect with the Online Presenters officers.
President Nik Lakhani – ALB, ACB, MS5, EC4, PM4, VC4
In our digital-madness age, I find myself struggling with balancing hyper-focus with ADD “bright shiny object” syndrome. Working on this issue, I had so much fun playing with graphics, and smiling as I came upon images from our meetings. What’s the right balance of celebrating membership and instructing/entertaining?? Help me know. Share some feedback on this issue, just as if you were a speech evaluator (I can take it.)
There’s many months ahead in “the club year” … so would YOU enjoy playing in this arena? collecting fun, quotable quips from meetings? Capturing screenshots live or from meeting replays? Contributing a single article, story or series on a helpful theme? I can’t wait to hear from you.
I look forward to seeing you at Monday meetings and VTM CON 2020.
Welcome Online Presenters members and friends! Here’s a 1st-run newsletter format to connect us more deeply as members, and share club news. In days ahead we’ll be tweaking things for a good user-experience on desktop, tablet and mobile devices – and maybe even have a full “email version”. Remember – the table of contents above has convenient clickable links to any part of the news letter.
Together, let’s press on with new discoveries and experiences as Toastmasters, and press buttons on our apps and devices to see this news. Remember – you can revisit this anytime on the OP website in the “Newsletter” blog category without having to dig through email!
PRESENTING Club Officers
Who’s at the helm?? On July 6th, 2020 new club officers were installed by our officiant Carol Prahinski, DTM, OP charter member and former International Director of Region 6 Toastmasters. The full slate was completed on August 31st with a new Sergeant of Arms.
They are: PRESIDENT, Nik Lakhani. VPE, Krishn Ramchurn. VPM, Louis Brown. VP-PR, Elaine Nieberding. SECRETARY, Emily Thompson. TREASURER, OP CHARTER PRESIDENT & WEBMASTER, David Carr. SERGEANT-of-ARMS, Andriy Smolenko. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, Lois Margolin.
Your officers hail from 3 continents to lead our 56+ members from 16 countries (and counting!) In our weekly meetings, after-hours conversations and special projects, they are here to serve plus help you grow and savor our human-to-human connection.
OFFICERS & CONTACTS
President Nik Lakhani – ALB, ACB, MS5, EC4, PM4, VC4
Elaine Nieberding, DL5, – Visionary Communication Level 1
Emily Thompson, DTM –Engaging Humor, Level 5
Graham Cairnes, DTM is in a class all his own….. 3 levels listed have been credited to Online Presenters – thank you! Engaging Humor 3 & 4, Innovative Planning 3, 4 & 5. Leadership Development 1, 2, 3 & 4. Strategic Relationships 1 & 2. Visionary Communication 3 , 4 & 5.
12 new members to our advanced Toastmaster Club, July through September, 2020 … even we were surprised! Rapid growth brings challenges, and here at Online Presenters, we are up the to the challenge. What’s so wonderful is new members, so excited about what’s here… inviting friends and colleagues to have their own rich experience, starting their own series of RSVP visits. Welcome new members… and guests!
AMELIA WOODE, PM2 – United Kingdom
ANGELA HEATH, ATMB – Maryland, USA
BUDDY HODGES – Florida, USA
CHANY OKERT, CC – Montana, USA
LATOSHA HENDERSON – New Jersey, USA
LUKAS CALAFELL, IP4 – Florida, USA
MAHFUZUR RAHMAN – Alberta, CANADA
MARY RUTH DILLING, DTM – Texas, USA
PAMELA BENJAMIN, DTM – Texas, USA
ROSENA DUNCANSON, LD5 – Nassau, BAHAMAS
SUSAN HEWITT, ACB, ALB – UNITED KINGDOM
TAIANA MELO – Ontario, CANADA
MAKE KNOWING YOU EASY – (new AND seasoned OP members). UPDATE your PROFILE INFO, PHOTO and more from the convenient links on the Welcome page of the OP website. Add your latest achievement initials. Fine-tune your bio so we can appreciate you even more. Enjoy helping members in some specialty area? You can put it in your profile.
TABLE TOPICS Contest Winners
“What would you tell your younger self and why??” was posed on our most recent Table Topics competition. Catch the replay hereto be inspired (again?!) by all our contestants’ answers from our September 21st contest. First Place winner Roxanne Hosein inspired us with “Keep breathing!” starting at timestamp 55:10. Find Angela Heath at 40:20 and Rosena Duncanson at 52:00. Roxanne Hosein & Angela Heath will compete at the DEC 5 Conference/Contest event.
SPEECH-A-THON Oct 31
PREPARE to JUDGE Oct 19
Have you ever been a TM contest judge? An evaluation judge — or an online-contest judge? Try something new, it’s fun! Let Evaluation Contest Master Lukas Calafell know you’ll sign on — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your judge role will be secret! Lukas will let you know how to get ready. On 10/19, you’ll be called into a breakout room and review how to use the online scoring system.
David Carr, Club Charter President, created this system that growing numbers of clubs are using for contest scoring — and it doesn’t require convoluted sharing of PDF judge score sheets! Two blog articles below provide online scoring info and visual context that may be helpful.
Global Online Conference (with contests!) – December 5th! Join the fun that Saturday, starting 9 am Eastern/US time (2 pm London time). This is a mega event with 5 (mostly advanced) toastmaster clubs. Not to be missed — evaluation and table topic contests with our own club winners competing, workshops and special guest speakers.
Mark your calendar now, so you too can get globally Zoom-y with members and friends of Online Presenters, Witty Birds, Firebirds Collective, Plateau Toastmasters, and One Country One World Toastmasters.
Witty Birds has 40 members from 25 countries
One Country One World formed during Covid-19 lockdown and chartered with 27 members recently – from 25 countries.
Both have members from all continents (except Antarctica – I suspect there are not clubs there!)
We’ll arrange enhanced attendance capacity for the Zoom-room, and will let you know how to RSVP and claim your seat.
It’s a great time to join the “lead and help team” now forming. You’ll gain experience with global event coordination and execution that might be perfect for an HPL, DTM or other Pathways project.
Global OnlineConference co-directors are Lois Margolin and Nik Lakhani. Contact them to explore how you could assist with PR, talent coordination, zoom mastering, contest roles.
PROJECTS – Help Wanted
The Online Presenters PRESSwill evolve in look and features, with your use of it and contributions to it.
Let’s have fun as co-creators, club-collaborators and celebrants of our victories and achievements. What can YOU do, now, and in the future?
For our PRojects/”Help Wanted” next or ongoing issues, tell what project or support needs you have. Examples — workshop participants or helpers, guest speakers for another club you’re in, HPL or DTM initiatives or Pathways levels 4 & 5 projects.
Creative juices flowing (writing or video creation)? We’ll review your ideas and submissions. Look over your pathways projects ahead – and imagine one that helps our PR effort and grows your skills.
Toot your own horn about an achievement – even a Pathway level you’ve credited to another club.
Enjoy mentoring? Willing to help a new club member, even one brand new to Toastmasters — get sound footing early on?
JUMP IN NOW to help launch the DEC 5 event. Reach out to Global OnlineConference co-directorsLois Margolin and Nik Lakhanito join the event coordination team, and have fun along the way.
It’s been a labor of love the past few weeks orienting myself to creating in WordPress (the platform for this website)… and I still have plenty to learn. Future issues will likely contain more video, photos from meetings, humor, quotes, tips…, contributor columns.
Pleaseemail me with comments, submissions and contribute to our PR efforts.
PR, PR, PR – starting out with “the PRESS”, I’m having fun with PR wordplay… you can praise the categories… or tell me your ideas and preferences! I sang it before (as I took on this VP-PR role) and I’ll say it again… “Come on Baby, do OP PRomotion with me!”
Guest speaker Achim Nowak gave this presentation at Online Presenters on Feb. 24, 2020. The full meeting replay (including Table Topics impromptu speaking practices) is at https://youtu.be/zkH_aZHLi4g but the version shared here includes Achim’s presentation and the Q&A discussion with members and guests.
Workshop abstract: As a speaker, leader, communicator, how much do you know about your “gestural vocabulary?” Desire deepening your capacity to connect with an individual, audience, work team, or group in front of you?
There are key things to know and discover about gesturing and your energetic presence — some of which may be new to you as a Toastmaster.
Achim Nowak has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, NPR, the Miami Herald, NBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and as a TedX presenter. He’s the author of Power Speaking-The Art of the Exceptional Public Speaker, Infectious-How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within, and The Moment-A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World.
Achim offers his presentation, executive coaching and mentoring services through BrilliantBest.expert.
How much attention do you bring to your body language and gestures when preparing for a talk, speech or presentation? No doubt you paysome advance attention, preparing for a Toastmaster project presentation. You know the speech evaluator will be taking this in and might give you related feedback of importance.
Our guest presenter for February 24th, Achim Nowak, will help us deep-dive into “Gestures for Connection: A New Look,” in an interactive workshop-meeting. What does research tell us about “amount of gesturing” related to effectiveness and connection? Have you explored your own “gestural vocabulary”, rhythms, tempos, intentional versus natural, unconscious, spontaneous gesturing? Let’s get into this, together!
This will be a fun evening, not just for members of Online Presenters, but valuable for Toastmasters from any clubs, brick and mortar or online, corporate and community, and anyone interested in effective connection and presentation.
Achim Nowak has been featured the New York Times, Forbes, NPR, the Miami Herald, NBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Fast Company.
He’s the author of Power Speaking-The Art of the Exceptional Public Speaker, Infectious-How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within, and The Moment-A Practical Guide to Creating a Mindful Life in a Distracted World.
Achim offers his presentation, executive coaching, mentoring services and retreats through BrilliantBest.expert.
Achim will be taking questions during the workshop.What would you like to know, to be an impactful presence with natural and conscious gesturing? In in-person meetings… in online or video presentation?
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