In August each year, for four fabulous days, Toastmasters holds it’s International Convention.
In 2019, it will be held in Denver Colorado from August 21-24.
In 2020, it will be held in Paris, France from 5-8 August.
In 2021, it will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from 25-28 August.
Is it time you explored the bigger picture in Toastmasters?
The first International Convention I attended was in 2005 in Toronto, Canada and what I remember was being there to watch Lance Miller win the World Championship of Public Speaking with his speech “The Ultimate Question” in my eyes the obvious winner. I admire Lance and look forward to meeting up with him at the Convention each year as well as many other champions who are most generous with their time. I have similar memories from many conventions since. Of course the contest is a big draw card but there is so much more to the International Convention.
Starting with the Opening Ceremony, waiting for your flag in the Banner Parade a very emotional start followed by three days of fast paced programming. You can volunteer to be a Convention Helping Hand, a great way to make friends around the globe. I have been on several Candidate Campaign Teams, helping with the promotion of Candidates for International Leadership Positions, here you can meet Leaders of the world.
There is value in attending as many presentations on varied topics scattered throughout the program, scan through the program and make time to see as many as you can fit in. To be involved in the Business Session, carry your club’s proxies, and be part of the process of electing the Leaders for the coming year, that is one of my favourites.
Then there is the Hall of Fame, a time to celebrate the achievements of all the Districts of Toastmasters. I always attend the Accredited Speakers Showcase where applicants present their final speech to becoming an accredited speaker, this is where I first met with my wonderful friend Sheryl Roush. Make going to an International Convention a must do, I know you will not regret it and like me you will have some wonderful memories.
I have now attended ten International Conventions they are quite addictive and although there are similarities each Convention brings its own flavour.
Joan Rinaldi DTM
President- Bossley Park Toastmasters