Online Presenters PRESS 6/30/21

JUNE-JULY 2021 ISSUE: Bridge to New Club Year

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OP’s Fantastic Club Year

What’s OP have to feel great and celebrate about our 2020-21 club year? Plenty! If a 5-minute journey isn’t sufficient to savor everything here, come on back to this “bridge issue” of the Online Presenters Press. Revisit fun and accomplishments, links and resources to ready You for our next great club year.

About one year ago, President Nik Lakhani, DTM – on July 6, 2020 said:

“We’ll push members in a number of different ways. What will we do to make it (the club) better??”

Officers were inducted by Carol Prahinski, DTM, PID that same day… and we were off and running!

The Executive Board and OP “family” soared, creating new varieties of experiences and value for our members. What a range of events and projects. Nik, pairing with VPE Krishn Ramchurn, DTM spearheaded innovations to every area of Online Presenters’ endeavors and events.

  • Regular weekly meetings added special focus nites to nearly every month.
  • Breakouts became a part of Introduction time before 7:45 pm EDT meeting start . Small-group chat or speaker/evaluator mini-meetings proved fun and valuable.
  • 7 Speak-a-thons convened so members had plenty of chances to present (August 30, October 31, January 31, March 16, April 24 and May 31)
  • How many contests?? 4! TABLE TOPICS- Sept. 21: Roxanne Hosein 1st place. EVALUATION-October 19, Andriy Smolenko 1st place. VIDEO Speech – March 22: Jim Barber 1st place. WEBINAR Contest-April 26: Angela Heath 1st place, represented Online Presenters and earned 3rd place prize at VTMCON 2021.
  • OP members birthed VTMCON spurring global Toastmaster collaboration in amazing new ways — the un-conference for undistricted online and hybrid innovative clubs.

Executive Board 2020-21 Yearbook

Online Presenter’s leaders built teams and brought fun to all endeavors. Here’s a gallery of fun appreciations of the 2020-21 OP Board.

This Executive Team, with playful and purposeful engagement of membership, carried us forward to reach President’s Destinguished Club status for the 3rd consecutive year. Can’t you just hear member DTM Carol Prahinski, PID saying… “Woo hoo!” ??!?

More PDC ribbons will be arriving…

Having officers take LDI skill-building twice helped earning 10 points for the first time. Officers were oh-so-grateful to get attendance credits from District LDI’s that welcomed us.

As of June 30, we have 56 members from 12 countries, many more countries “of origin”, and 22+ DTMs!

Also exciting — we picked up 23 new members during the club year! Lots who made multiple guest visits decided “this is the advanced TM club for me.” Our newest members inducted in May and June — Hector Cabrera Farjat and Carolina Ramirez have already given speeches and taken on helpful functionary roles. That’s terrific momentum!

Achievements & Special Honors

Member’s Pathways Level Completions assigned to OP were part of achieving Presidents Distinguished Club Status. Perhaps some folks began a “free Pathway” gifted to members who renewed during a particular fall 2020 window.

Have you started working on a new Pathway recently??

Applause, applause for May and June Pathway level complettions by 3 OP members. Most of these were assigned for our club credit.

Natatia VanEllison achieved Effective Coaching 5, Motivational Strategies 4. She and April Elizee both finished Presentation Mastery 1. Tricia Smith chalked up Presentation Mastery, Level 4 Engaging Humor Level 1, and Visionary Communication Level 1 during May and June. Congratulations.

Toastmasters Carr & Grady Serve with Distinction

Online Presenter’s Charter President David Carr has so many Toastmaster service passions: keeping monies straight as longtime Treasurer for OP, getting TM clubs to have more beautiful, functional webites with creations … AND instructing globally on the nuances of running hybrid Toastmaster Club meetings.

As an expert and educational activist, David Carr, DTM was honored having his Hybrid Harmony feature article in Toastmasters Magazine April 2021 issue. Video livestreaming from a brick & mortar in-person meeting to include online participation is a learned art. Tips and commentary by OP DTMs Graham Cairnes (Queensland, Australia) and Birgit Starmanns (Mountainside, CA – USA) make this a great read. Congratulations, David.

  • Hybrid Workshop

A special thank you from your outgoing VP-PR goes to Marianne Grady, who joined OP in April, 2020. This club year she ramped up engagement on our Facebook Club Page, posting great screenshots after weekly meetings. Her creativity delivered us a 007-style promo club video shown at both VTM conferences since December, 2020.

Her inspiration and leadership isn’t limited to Online Presenters. Relocating to Delaware from New Jersey, she’s steered the Southern Delaware Toastmasters to new heights as their 2021-21 President. Princeton (NJ) Toastmasters also awarded her their Toastmaster of the Year Award. We are so lucky to have Marianne’s warmth and skills bless Online Presenters… and the global Toastmasters she served during VTM CON 2021.

OP Webinar Winner Angela Heath Challenges You

Write YOUR Book, Toastmasters! That’s what Angela Heath‘s been inviting us to consider since competing in, and winning our club mini-webinar contest in April, where Chris Guld and Andriy Smolenko were also prize awardees. Angela’s win propelled her to the June VTMCON webinar contest, where in 5 minutes, she got to engage, instruct and put forth a meaningful call-to-action in “Publish Your Message.”

Her April to June presentation evolved some, yet included these logical, simple steps:

  • Identify book chapters (create content outline)
  • Give (and test) your speech at your own Toastmaster club (and others!)
  • Schedule longer speeches in your local community
  • Transcribe your recorded speeches
  • Edit the content and publish digitaly and/or in print help other Toastmasters gain inspiration and knowledge from this way of sharing YOUR message.

So — will a book-writing/speaking journey be a part of your new TM club year? Consider a next step attending Angela’s July 13th Masterclass (find email in a gallery photo.)

June 2021 VTMCON Delivers Value

#VTMCON “Make YOUR Audience Remember You” was a second-time virtual conference hit, June 26-27th. Conference Co-chairs Krishn Ramchurn and Pamela Benjamin saw registrants and attendees swell with with heightened participation from sponsoring TM clubs, plus Toastmasters, speakers and entrepreneurs from around the globe.

As Talent Lead, Pamela Benjamin kicked things off finding amazing keynote presenters. Mark Brown, Fursey Gotuaco, Sean D’Souza, David Beckett, Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix did not disappoint!

VTMCON segment recordings will be uploaded to the event website soon. Check there and be alert for attendee email notices. Enjoy and plan to put some things into practice.

Breakout Time Grew Global Community

Half-hour Breakout workshops for global Toastmaster online connection gave VTM CON attendees a range of great experiences to enjoy – with keynote speakers, or 12 sponsoring Toastmaster clubs.

Twelve clubs joined the conference vision to explore “Make YOUR Audience Remember You.” Over 3-1/2 months, each created an engaging event to showcase interests and skills of members – to inspire attendees and attract club visitors.

A big challenge was to find the right activity within the confines of Breakout functionality — no spotlighting, no Zoom polling – and never really know how many attendees would be visiting. Elaine Nieberding became the Breakout Team Lead (cheerleader) and details cooradinator for the Zoom Master and Program Team.

Catch a sense of the fun in the gallery below.


Eight applications and tools were spotlighted on the Sunday Tech Tips Session of VTMCON, led by Marianne Grady and IPP Lois Marolin, DTM. If you didn’t catch the segment live – keep your eyes peeled for replays reloading to in coming future days … “there’s GOLD there to mine!”

Special presenters from OP included Jim Guld (OBS – Open Broadcaster Software) and David Carr (Toastmost webites for TM clubs). Roxanne Hosein wowed us with Power Point animations combined with Zoom background video Experts from other clubs showcased (post-it-note speech/project organization), (graphic creation), the Prezi presentation platform, Podcasting how-tos, and studio set-up.

Which Presenter TECH TIPS Resources do you want? Click here.

Committed OP participation = VTMCON success

Nearly every VTMCON Team had an Online Presenter “doing the work” for big-guns Co-Chairs Krishn Ramchurn and Pamela Benjamin. Donna Knight was the Webinar Contest Chair, supported by Ginette Francois at event chat time. No doubt at least one Contest Judge (anonymous) was from OP.

Lukas Calafell made the Version 2 VTM Program modern and striking with his team. David Carr led the VTM PR team (no surprise) with the VTMCON website creation, social media posts. He nudged all to like, share and comment for social reach. Andriy Smolenko created our VTM CON Facebook Group for more connection.

Marianne Grady as Liaison Team Lead kept communications flowing amongst all the participating clubs and Surya Vangala was our OP Liaison anchor. The Zoom Master Team landed Tricia Smith, Sarra Idehen, Nik Lakhani and Angela Heath as helpers.

Recording Team, led by Julian Cereceda of Digital Communicators was ably assisted by Krishn Ramchurn and David Carr – downloading hours and hours from the OP Zoom Cloud. Our local breakout (IMPROV Theater Games) was recorded by Carl Walsh, Nik Lakhani and Elaine Nieberding.

For future VTMCONs — there are little and big ways to participate to grow in ways you never imagined. Do join in.

IMPROV Theater Games at VTMCON, June 27

Toastmaster Carl Walsh‘s long history of hosting theater games with corporate teams and Toastmaster groups turned out to be a great discovery when Online Presenters was brainstorming to find a great, engaging activity to host at VTMCON. OP Breakout Team Lead and event host Louis Brown helped the brainstorming team come to agree — “This is IT!”

During May and June, we grasped the great opportunity people have to experience lessons of leadership when they play (or lead!) Improv Theater Games.

At VTMCON, Carl Walsh led volunteers and attendees through facial and body warmups, and guided us “don’t try to be funny”! Yes BUT plus Yes AND games involved lots of players trying to address a group mission. It was fun and… telling! Being the Expert in serial storytelling and the Actor’s Nightmare game brought great surprises!

A raft of Online Presenters got in the improv spotlight during trial, dry-run and “real-day” Theater Games sessions. Thanks to guys Rik Durling, Andriy Smolenko, Jim Barber, Andy Bern. Thanks to ladies Lois Margolin, April Elizee, Surya Vangala, Elaine Nieberding, Ginette Francois, Lieceng Zhu, Tricia Smith and Sarra Idehen for playfully “getting the improv feel”!

Perhaps the biggest challenge went to President Nik Lakhani, who rose to read Shakespeare, and Donna Knight, to come up with her own reasoned, spontaneous rhyme in the “Actors Nightmare” sprung upon her. “Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…” will never be forgotten. Oh what fun, to pretend one has a script!

Stay tuned for when the video replay of this VTMCON OP Breakout is posted for your enjoyment. Try out some IMPROV Theater Games with your own work teams and Toatmaster groups outside of Online Presenters.

And you just might enjoy the interview of Carl Walsh featured in the August 2012 issue of Toastmaster Magazine.

New OP Executive Team – Welcome!

Here they are, our newly elected slate of officers for the Online Presenters 2020-21 club year. You’ve seen each of them featured in amazing ways in this “bridge” issue of the Online Presenters Press.

Taking encouragement and inspiration from VTMCON to grow new skills and relationships in the weeks and months ahead, know your stepping up to serve will be a blessing to all. Have a question or want to serve in a particular arena? Reach out by email, or at an upcoming meeting or “after party.”

Louis M Brown, DTM
VP Education
Andrew Bern, DTM
VP Membership
Marianne Grady
VP PR, Charter Pres
David Carr, DTM
Donna Knight, DTM
Pamela Benjamin, DTM
Roxanne Hosein
Immed Past President
Nik Lakhani, DTM

Reflections on OP PR for 2020-21

We are a bold presence in the Online Toastmaster Club arena. It’s been a joy coming to know you – the robust, talented, joyful members of OP this past year. You’ve helped me deepen connection with so many more cultures, unique human expressions and grow my own confidence to lead, uniquely.

My next personal challenge is to grow my capacity to be consise and simpler in presentation, as I continue joying in canva creation and dabbling in WordPress from time to time. This and other newsletters – have they been too long? I must have been some librarian or archivist in a past life — I still retain “collection-itis.” I’ve been celebrating the richness of OP members with each screenshot I’ve taken, lists I’ve stored, etc.

Please return to this issue for the resources and joy of OP here. I look forward to connecting with you in the next OP club year – and perhaps offering speeches in some of the additional clubs you belong to. There’s a treasure trove of leadership insights from the past year of serving and innovating that I’m happy to extend your way.

Your OP Friend, Elaine Nieberding, DL5, VC1 mobile/text/WhatsApp 1+ 410-652-2880


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Online Presenters PRESS 3/28/21

MARCH-APRIL 2021 Issue

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Promo, promo – Here’s OP Promotion!

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 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 is April 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 worldplease

CALENDAR – What’s Coming Up?

With weekly Monday 7:15 pm Eastern meetings – you will have variety in your club experience with us, for sure! Articles in this issue provide even more detail.

  • MARCH 29, 2021 – Regular Meeting w/ Pres. Lakhani address on districting options for online-only clubs
  • APRIL 5, 2021 – OPEN HOUSE Specialty Focus Meeting
  • APRIL 26, 2021 – WEBINAR CONTEST (winner competes at VTMCON)
  • MAY 3, 2021 – OP BUSINESS MEETING (vote on issues & future officers).
  • JUNE 26-27, 2021 VTMCON Vitrual Toastmasters Conference SAT-SUN


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 COLORSdownload 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.

EVENT Co-ChairsKrishn Ramchurn
Pamela Benjamin
Event ADVISORSLois Margolin
Nik Lakhani
BREAKOUT ROOMSElaine NieberdingYES (1-2)
CONTEST CHAIR (Webinar)Fabiola
LIASON w/participating CLUBSMarianne
PROGRAM Lukas CalafellYES (1)
TALENT Pamela BenjaminSpecial

PRIZES, Achievements

Congratulations for PATHWAYS Level Completions

  • WHO’s on the GO with PATHWAYS PROGRESS?? Applause, applause goes to
    • Angela Heath – Visionary Communication – Level 1
    • Andriy Smolenko – Innovative Planning – Level 1
    • Elizanne Warren-Russell – Effective Coaching, Level 4
    • Elizanne Warren-Russell – Leadership Development, Level 2
    • Emily Thompson – Presentation Mastery, Level 1
    • Tricia Smith – Presentation Mastery, Level 3
  • Congratulate your fellow members; offer them feedback on speeches, connect! Member Emails


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’s undistricted clubs’ 2021 competition. Good luck!

OP’s Roxanne Hossein won the
VTM CON December 2020 Table Topics Contest
… and loves competing
Now 1st Place-Area 30 Winner Roxanne goes to the Division competition in Florida, USA in the International Speech Contest – World Championship of Public Speaking!

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.”

Dr. Michael S. Alexander’s looking playful
in the 2020 holiday season,

even abandoning his idea that
mostly we look better with
“no Zoom backgrounds!”

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).

Enjoy this for the first time, or a more indepth revisit. His “Seal the Deal” program at VTMCon #1 offers additional gems of presentation guidance.

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 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

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.

Your Editor & VP-PR, Elaine Nieberding


Nik Lakhani – DTM
VP Education
Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
VP Membership
Louis Brown, DTM
VP Public Relations
Elaine Nieberding, DL5, VC1
Emily Thompson, DTM
Treasurer & Charter President
David Carr, DTM
Andriy Smolenko, CC, IP1
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin, DTM

Online Presenters PRESS 01/27/21

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President, Nik Lakhani, DTM ~ Charter President (2017) David Carr, DTM

January, 2021 Issue

Table of Contents


–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

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.

Welcome to Online Presenters (007 style)

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 ESTWORKSHOP 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 26-27VTM CON 2021 – the Virtual Toastmasters Conference goes to 2 days, involving many more TM clubs. Sign up for the email-notice list and send your Toastmaster friends over to too.

Can Poetry Inspire Your Speaking?

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the US Youth Poet Laureate of 2017,
delivers a poem for Joseph R. Biden’s inauguration

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?

There is always light,

if only we’re brave enought to see it,

if only we’ve brave enought to be it.”

Amanda Gorson, from “The Hill We Climb.”

(Explore Amanda Gorson; glean insights for your speechcraft)

Celebrate VTM CON 2020

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, 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.

  • Event Co-Chairs: Pamela Benjamin, DTM & Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
  • PR Chair: David Carr, DTM
  • Event Advisors: Nik Lakhani, DTM & Lois Margolin, DTM
  • 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

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 our helm 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!

  • Elizanne Warren-Russell – Leadership Development, Level 1
  • Krishn Ramchurn – Presentation Mastery, Level 2
  • Tricia Smith – Presention Mastery, Levels 1 & 2

Membership Momentum

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 ( Thank you! 

V = Valuable = You

Created with Try POLL-GENERATED Wordclouds

Recalling 2020 and starting anew in 2021 – catch these V-Words and associations and then make your plans for OP participation and 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!

Connect & Collaborate

Nik Lakhani – DTM
VP Education
Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
VP Membership
Louis Brown, DTM
VP Public Relations
Elaine Nieberding, DL5, VC1
Emily Thompson, DTM
Treasurer & Charter President
David Carr, DTM
Andriy Smolenko, CC
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin, DTM

We’re here to create win-win relationships. Reach your Online Presenters officers to make collaboration come alive.

Hot tip — see/print out ALL the Online Presenters email contacts from our website Members TAB. Log in first of course – then configure alphabetical by last name, or by date of joining/most recent first. Who might you enjoy partnering with for some value-creating activity?

Please send me feedback or things you’d enjoy contributing to the next issue – due out mid-March, 2021. Thanks!

Your Editor & VP-PR, Elaine Nieberding:


Online Presenters PRESS 11/16/20

NOVEMBER 2020 Issue (Featuring VTM CON 2020 News)

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THANKFUL, for the health of it


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. 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 Heath gave 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 – The conference website is hosted on, 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


THANKFUL for THIS CLUB? Marianne Grady embodies 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 to . We’ll highlight some via Facebook and website in the weeks ahead.

What about Online Presenters has you feeling grateful?

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.
  • LIKING posts.
  • 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!”

PRIZES, Achievements

President’s Distinguished Club (again!)

Immediate Past President LOIS MARGOLIN, DTM glows, showing our ribbon.

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 Lakhani and Secretary Emily Thompson each 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.

  • Antoinette Trim – Engaging Humor, Level 3
  • Birgit Starmanns – Presentation Mastery, Level 1
  • Elizanne Warren-Russell – Effective Coaching, Level 3
  • Krishn Ramchurn – Presentation Mastery, Level 1
  • Lukas Calafell – Strategic Relationships, Level 1
  • Michael Alexander – Presentation Mastery, Level 1
  • Rosena Duncanson – Visionary Communication, Level 1
  • Sara Idehen – Motavational Strategies, Level 3


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)

PRACTICE Competing!


THE WINNERS… Andriy Smolenko – 1st, Louis Brown – 2nd and Roxanne 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!

Impromptu debating, anyone??

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.

This is an impressive presenter lineup, with workshops on SPEAKER PRESENCE, DESIGN to ENGAGE, UPLEVEL CREATIVITY, SEAL the DEAL, and SPEAKER BRANDING on ZOOM.

AGENDA & TIMES for the Contests and Workshops?

The VTM CON Program times can be found at and may be fine-tuned as the event draws closer.

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

Make this your Profile PIC on FB, LI !


Be on the lookout for VTM CON emails and social media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more – and share!


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 Judge Lukas 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.

Nik Lakhani – ALB, ACB, MS5, EC4, PM4, VC4
VP Education
Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
VP Membership
Louis Brown, DTM
VP Public Relations
Elaine Nieberding, DL5, VC1
Emily Thompson, DTM
Treasurer & Charter President
David Carr, DTM
Andriy Smolenko, CC
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin, DTM

Editor Talk

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.

Your Editor & VP-PR, Elaine Nieberding:

Online Presenters PRESS

OCTOBER 2020 Premiere Issue

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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.

Online Presenters officers

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.


Nik Lakhani – ALB, ACB, MS5, EC4, PM4, VC4
VP Education
Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
VP Membership
Louis Brown, DTM
VP Public Relations
Elaine Nieberding, DL5, EC1
Emily Thompson, DTM
Treasurer & Charter President
David Carr, DTM
Andriy Smolenko, CC
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin, DTM

PRIZES, Achievements


Pathways badges

Online Presenters members have been busy the first quarter of the club year and have many Pathways achievements.  Way to go!!

Congratulations to all those with Level Completions that have been credited to either Online Presenters or another club they also maintain membership in!

  • Antoinette Trim, MS5, EC2 – Effective Coaching Levels 1 & 2
  • Birgit Starmanns, DTM, EH3 – Engaging Humor 1, 2 & 3
  • 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.
  • Latosha Henderson, IP1Innovative Planning, Level 1
  • Lukas Calafell, IP4 – Innovative Planning Level 4
  • Marianne Grady, CC, ALB, EC1– Effective Communication Level 1 
  • Pamela Benjamin, DTM, IP4SR4 – Visionary Communication Level 1
  • Sarra Idehen, EC5MS2 – Motivational Strategies Level 2
  • Tricia Smith, PM1 –  Presentation Mastery Level 1


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












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

Roxanne Hosein, 1st Place TT Winner

“What would you tell your younger self and why??” was posed on our most recent Table Topics competition.  Catch the replay here to 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.


and Sign-up on the October 31st Meeting Form


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 —

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.

PREVIEW the DEC 5 Event

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 Online Conference co-directors are Lois Margolin and Nik LakhaniContact them to explore how you could assist with PR, talent coordination, zoom mastering, contest roles.

PROJECTS – Help Wanted

The Online Presenters PRESS will 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 Online Conference co-directors Lois Margolin and Nik Lakhani to 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.

Please email 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!”

Your Editor & VP-PR, Elaine Nieberding:

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