Business Strategy For Your Company Or Organization

Want to improve your business decisions to increase revenue, reduce expenses and create happy customers and employees?
Dreaming about discovering untapped business opportunities?
Or maybe you are interested in team building?

Then we have some great news for you. Our member Carol Prahinski hosts a Business Strategy Webinar, December 26, 2018, 7 pm Eastern Time. Carol is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.

What are you going to learn with her at the Business Strategy Webinar?

  • Overview and definition of strategy (corporate, business, functional strategies); includes Porter’s business strategy
  • Introduction and definitions of the eight competitive priorities (how companies compete in the marketplace)
  • An overview of Fisher’s article, “What is the right supply chain strategy for your product?”
  • The product-process matrix (how to organize the processes to match the products/services)
  • The product lifecycle and how our organization must change over time to remain aligned
  • How these tools align with each other and what it means for your organization

Dec 26, 2018, 7 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video: 9 Steps to Successfully Coaching a Toastmasters Club

Club Coaching can be incredibly rewarding or terribly frustrating.  It all depends on your attitude and the club officer attitudes.  If you have officer support, then you are on your way to successfully coaching a club to achieving Distinguished status or higher in the Distinguished Club Program.  

In this speech I mention some Toastmaster International resources you can use to successfully coach a club.  It would be helpful if before your initial meeting with the officers you download the “Club Coach Troubleshooting Guide” .   Consider having a meeting with the club officers and let them complete the short survey.  This puts everyone on the same page.

Be sure you understand the Distinguished Club program and review the “Club Coach FAQ“.  I especially like the detail of a club coach’s responsibilities.

Most importantly, have fun coaching your club and ask questions of other coaches.  Enjoy building a brand that brings distinction to your club.  


Sunny Fridge Wins Our Mini-Webinar Contest

Congratulations to our mini-webinar contest winner, Sunny Fridge, as well as Lois Margolin, 2nd place, Jim Barber, 3rd place, and all participants.

Here is the winning webinar speech, including feedback for the contestants from guest judge Jim Key, the 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking.

“Beat Fear at its Own Game”

Here’s the full event replay:

The mini-webinar contest is an unofficial Toastmasters contest format, created to test online-specific presentation skills. You can read more about here.

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 to 2:19 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, CC
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, DTM
Norman Dowe, ACG, ALB, PM5, VC2
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.

Videos: Replay – Online Presenters Toastmasters Aug. 8, 2018

Replay – Online Presenters Toastmasters Aug. 8, 2018

Video policy: speech videos are intended as a tool for speakers to see their own performances and think about how they can improve. Even though these are on YouTube, they are published as “unlisted” by default, meaning they won’t show up in search results. Don’t forward these links or post them on Facebook or in any other forum without the speaker’s permission. From time to time, we may ask a speaker for permission to use a video as part of our marketing of the club. Volunteers are also welcome – if you’re proud of a particular speech, let us know.