The Workshop Bureau is a rich source of education and training for members of District 60. Through its workshops, it provides opportunities for empowerment and excellence to all its constituents – Members, Clubs, Areas and Divisions.
Workshops are offered on a wide variety of topics and throughout the year. To register for a workshop, check out the Events Calendar. Just click on the description for the workshop and registration details.
What the Workshop Bureau can do for you
We provide a range of services to empower our members:
1. District 60 Hosted Workshops
The District periodically offers educational workshops on a range of topics that support club success. If you want your club to benefit (of course, you do!), stay tuned for the District’s communication in your Inbox.
2. The Workshop Library
Would you like to have the Bureau arrange for a workshop for your members? Send us an email at the email address given below. Workshops may be selected from a list of workshops available in our library as shown under ‘The Workshop Library’ section below. In case the desired topic is not available, the District will try to arrange on a best efforts basis, subject to the availability of a presenter.
3. Annual Conference Workshops
Would you like to present a workshop at the District’s Annual Conference held in April of each year? The Bureau invites and adjudicates on workshop proposals for its Annual Conference. Proposals must be submitted on a standard application form. The Workshop Application is available for download: Workshop Proposal. The proposal submission due date will be announced in the month of December
4. Workshops Presentation Training
Are you interested in learning how to become an effective workshop presenter? We have two exciting workshops for you on what it takes to put a virtual workshop together.
5. New Workshop Topics
We have a list of topics requested by members, but not yet available. Are you interested in developing a workshop for one of these topics or one that you are passionate about? We would love to hear from you!
6. Workshop Evaluation
The District endeavours to ensure that our members have a quality experience. All workshops available in the Workshop Library have been practiced and evaluated by experienced Toastmasters. If you are interested in evaluating workshops or having your workshop evaluated, please contact Shubha Amba at the email given below.
7. Promotional Support
Divisions, Areas, Clubs or Members may request to have their workshops promoted on the District 60 website. If you would like to have your workshop advertised, please send us an email at the email address given below.
The Workshop Bureau will be updated periodically as information on more workshops becomes available.
Shubha Amba, DTM Workshop Bureau Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
District 60 Hosted Workshops
Workshops listed here are arranged by the District and communicated to the target audience by email. They are also available upon request for presentation at your club.
Club Success Plan
We all would like our Clubs to provide the best possible member experience so that existing members stay and new members join. It has been shown that Clubs that actively participate in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) are more likely to be healthier and more vibrant than Clubs that do not. To achieve a distinguished status takes analysis, planning and setting goals.
FreeToastHost (FTH) is the easiest way to set up a website and meeting agenda builder for your club in less than an hour! This system was designed for Toastmasters by Toastmasters. You can use this system alongside easySPEAK! Let’s go on a FreeToastHost tour shall we? When we reach the end of the workshop you will know how to administer FTH. As the Toastmaster of the day, you will know how to enter meeting role information, review and distribute meeting agenda electronically and more!
Put on an online Open House that will WOW your visitors!
- Having an Open House that makes your visitors go WOW will convert your visitors into members!
- What makes an online Open House great?
- Planning for an online Open House that sizzles!
- Reaching out to your communities before the Open House.
- What to do when the event is over?
Presenter: Elton Brown, DTM
Overview of easy-speak:
- What easy-speak is
- How easy-speak tracks and reports Pathways projects
- How easy-speak handles meeting Agendas
- How to Plan to start using easy-speak in your club
- Demo of training a new easy-speak user in 90 seconds
Presenter: Matthew Kleinosky is a longtime DTM Toastmaster across 5 decades, in several countries and a D60 speech contest trophy winner 6 times. He has sponsored and mentored clubs in multiple countries and been a District 60 Conference and TLI presenter several times including on the topics of easy-Speak and Pathways. He has seen easy-Speak bring one district to #1 ranked in the world and many clubs to high success. He is fishing for D60 clubs ready to revitalize their planning and management with easy-Speak.
The Workshop Library
The workshops showcased below fall under the following four categories:
- Club Success
- Speaker Success
- Personal/Professional Development
The presenters are happy to present live at your location for an enriching interactive experience. If you wish to review a recording, where available, we have provided a link to a recording of the workshop.
Inquires about booking a workshop should be sent to Shubha Amba at email@example.com
Moments of Truth
An ideal club is one that provides the best possible member experience so that existing members stay and thrive, and new members join and grow. It has been shown that clubs that actively participate in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) and conduct a Moments of Truth (MoT) session are more likely to be healthier and more vibrant than clubs that do not.
6 Steps to Convert Guests to Members – without being PUSHY
- Guests come to meetings but are not joining
- Guests come back multiple times but don’t sign up
- Guest seem interested, but we can’t seem to get them to make a commitment
- You don’t know what to do
- You certainly don’t want to seem pushy
- A 6-step plan to convert guests to members
- 4 Types of questions you MUST ask every guest
- That understanding their WHY is a key to success
- How to position the membership application
- It’s not about the cost of membership … it’s the value of the results
- How to follow up with guests and not seem pushy
Presenter: When it came to speaking in public, Bob Weese went from uncomfortable, nervous and anxious to an accomplished professional speaker. Bob worked as an on-air broadcaster in radio and television and is now co-owner of B2B Sales Connections. He has traveled across North America delivering training workshops to thousands of business professionals and was named in their worldwide practice by FastTraining International Inc. (35 countries). His clients have appeared on CBC’s Dragons’ Den as well as major TV networks.
To view a recording of Bob’s workshop click here.
Grow Your Membership
Membership is the life blood of any Toastmasters Club. Discover tips and techniques in attracting and converting guests to members. In this workshop, Carrie Webster will share her wisdom and knowledge in growing club membership. The session will include:
- Marketing strategies for corporate clubs
- Marketing strategies for community clubs
- Strategies for enhancing the quality of club meetings to demonstrate the value of Toastmasters to guests and retain existing members
- Guest followup and finding their “why”
Presenter: Carrie Webster is an avid Toastmaster who is passionate about helping clubs grow their membership. She has been a member in the Corporate environment for over 4 years, coached a Community club to the highest level of distinction, run training seminars for non-Toastmasters and held leadership positions in clubs and at the District level.
Defining Your Club Brand: Key to Growing Your Membership
In today’s climate, Toastmaster clubs require an enhanced online presence to attract guests and convert new members. Yet, most clubs are challenged to define exactly what their club’s brand is. An added challenge is how to create a distinct club identity while staying consistent with Toastmasters International guidelines. This interactive workshop assists clubs in defining their brand and identifying what makes their club unique. You will be in a better position to improve your club’s website and marketing efforts. Get prepared to promote the true nature of your cherished TM club.
- Understand the difference between Toastmasters and club branding.
- Identify your club’s unique value proposition.
- Define a strong club brand that attracts guests and new members.
- Apply the above understanding to create a compelling club website.
Presenter: Roman Smolak, DTM has delivered over a dozen VP Public Relations related executive training sessions and participated on a D60 Public Relations guidelines committee. The committee released the District60 PR Guide, an excellent aid for building a club marketing program. View this related video: Toastmasters Club Website Design, Branding and Marketing – YouTube
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Speech Building Workshop
This workshop is a hands-on training session teaching members how to develop an idea for a speech, flesh it out and be ready to present at their next meeting, all within 30 minutes. By the end of this session, participants will have completed the outline for their next speech!
Presenter: Cate Posner, DL3, MS Proficient: At the urging of her manager, Cate Posner, a Senior Compliance Analyst at Foresters Financial, checked out Toastmasters and has never looked back. Cate has been a club officer trainer, competed in Division level speech and evaluation contests, been a target speaker at other clubs and in her community, facilitated Speechcraft and Youth Leadership programs, become a conference anthem singer, and last year, was an Area Director. After participating in a “Train the Trainer” district workshop by Roman Smolak, Cate turned her attention to being a workshop presenter. Last summer Cate and her team of facilitators hit the jackpot by developing a workshop that cracks the speech development dilemma felt by many.
To view a recording of Cate’s workshop click here.
Connect to Communicate
When you speak to an audience, are you “connecting” or merely communicating? Through this workshop, Connect to Communicate, learn how to project confidence and radiate warmth; discover the importance of analyzing the audience’s specific needs and why this approach works.
Participants will learn the benefits of “connecting” with their audience before, during and after their speech and why conducting an “AUDIENCE ANALYSIS” is the first order of business when a speaking opportunity arises. Attendees will also see why the following statement, “connections create credibility” is a proven public speaking principle.
Presenter: Harry Ansara, DTM, is an outstanding speaker, keynote presenter, workshop leader and highly respected member of our organization since 1991. He has won numerous speech contests in Districts 60 and 86. He has earned a solid reputation for delivering unforgettable speeches.
Just Talk to Me – A Conversational Style of Speaking
Learn a practical technique to transition from memorizing your script to a conversational style of speaking. Justin proposes to change the way you write, practice and present a speech. With practice, this technique reduces preparation time, improves the quality of your speech and reduces word-for-word memorization.
Presenter: Facilitated by Justin Edenbaum, P Eng., ACB ALB. Justin is a 15-year plus veteran of Toastmasters. He has competed in district-level speech contests and is in demand by clubs and district conferences as a workshop presenter.
Your Gift – Effective Evaluations that Empower Speakers
Learn how to develop the sensitivity necessary to prepare and deliver effective speech evaluations, plus offer specific suggestions for improvement along with healthy doses of encouragement to help the speaker build courage and self-esteem. A 1-hour workshop.
Tick Tock – Creating a Speech Introduction
A great introduction sets the speaker up for success and builds anticipation in the audience. Learn a fool-proof method for crafting an effective introduction that connects you with the audience, establishes your credibility on the speech topic and conveys how the audience will benefit from your message. A 1-hour workshop.
Presenter: Facilitated by Distinguished Toastmaster, Karen Goodyear. Karen is a 25-year, award-winning Toastmasters veteran. She is a dedicated servant leader who has supported clubs, areas, divisions and District 60 in numerous capacities. She is an accomplished speaker, trainer and workshop presenter. In 2016, Karen received the prestigious George Keenan Award in honour of her longstanding commitment to the club and member success.
Successful Storytelling Using the “Skeletal Story Structure”
Do you realize that storytelling is the most powerful tool you can use in speaking? People are moved to action both intellectually and emotionally. Facts only tell but stories sell. Are you telling personal stories? Are they hooking audiences at the start and holding their interest throughout? Are they memorable? Discover the Skeletal Story Structure so you can readily use and become a masterful storyteller. Hear the mistakes most speakers make, understand what’s missing and how to fix them by breathing life into your stories making them remembered and repeated.
A 5-Part Formula to Create Compelling and Connecting Content
Do you want to raise the bar of your speaking and be a highly esteemed speaker? Discover a five-part proven formula that will help you understand what to include in your speeches. Knowing and using the PARTS formula will separate you from the average speaker since your content will be compelling, engaging, and memorable. Create compelling content that connects with all audiences. Discover and immediately apply parts of an essential key to create and deliver engaging speeches that have audiences buy into your message.
TIPS, TOOLS and Techniques to help you become a more confident, competent Communicator
Speaking is not about Perfection, but about Connection! Discover the most common mistakes, we, as speakers make, and pick up proven pointers to incorporate into daily practice. We will discuss: how to set up a solid structure by getting your audience engaged from start to close, how to create more conversational, connecting, compelling content, how to use dynamic delivery devices and make your content come alive. In essence, pick up many easy to use tips on going from polished preparation to powerful presentation by having an EDGE over the average presenter! After all, isn’t the goal of a presenter to have the audience buy into your message and take action?
Presenter: Facilitated by Kathryn MacKenzie, BA M.Ed DTM, a presentation skills instructor, certified world class speaking coach, keynote speaker, and author of “Speeches That Will Leave Them Speechless.” A toastmaster since 2003, she studied for years with the world champions. Besides delivering workshops at many district conferences and also at the Regional level, Kathryn is honored to have been invited as the opening Keynote Speaker for 5 District Conferences in Canada and the US.
Using Proven Structures for Effective Impromptu Responses
Through his workshop, Michel will share three approaches to start, and seven structures or techniques to coherently frame responses to impromptu speaking situations. Michel will explain each approach and structure and will provide concrete response examples for each structure. The participant will have the opportunity to practice the technique in a mini table topic format.
Presenter: Michel Adedokun is a member of Blossoming Voices and SFEAT. He is a seasoned Toastmaster with over six years’ experience delivering speeches and taking leadership roles. Toastmasters has helped Michel overcome his fear of public speaking and improve his communication skills. He is the Past President of Blossoming Voices and the current Director for Area D43.
Who is Your Audience?
When we prepare our presentations, we know what we want to say. We might even know how we will say it. But will we be effective? To be effective, our messages must resonate with our audience. Learn how to identify and connect with your audience to communicate clearly.
Presenter: Michelle Warren, DTM passionately believes that if we improve our communication skills, that we are destined for career success. She combines her expertise in training, coaching, and teaching to customize and deliver specialized professional development programs, arming her clients with tools for professional advantage. Her clients include companies such as TD Bank and she is currently a lecturer at George Brown College specializing in communication and the art of thinking.
To review a video recording of Michelle’s workshop click here.
Micro Storytelling for Effective Virtual Training
As Toastmasters, we can apply our storytelling capabilities to create successful workshops. The key is to incorporate aspects of the story into a micro story, in order to interact with your participants. The micro story encourages communications, visualization, helps to internalize the learning, and keeps the focus on end-user value.
In this interactive workshop, you will learn proven techniques for delivering engaging virtual training sessions:
- How to use micro stories to develop interesting workshop training.
- Utilize story visualization for crafting mental and emotional scenarios.
- How to identify the basic structure of emotionally laden stories.
- Apply micro story scenarios for effective interaction with participants.
Adapt micro storytelling for improved facilitation and learning outcomes.
Presenter: Roman Smolak, DTM. Roman joined Toastmasters in 2006 and is an active trainer and workshop presenter. He has created and delivered over 30 workshops, including presentations at ten D60 Conferences. For 22 years, Roman was an account manager selling software technology to Fortune 500 companies in Canada and the USA.
To review a video recording of Roman’s workshop click here.
10 Comedy Tips to Influence Any Audience
Become a funny, confident speaker with amazing presentation skills in front of clients, colleagues and executives!
Presenter: Stephan Dyer, DTM: is a bilingual, award-winning stand up comedian with 400+ shows in 8 countries including Peru, Mexico and Malaysia. In 2017, after becoming one of the youngest senior managers at Scotiabank Toronto, he quit his lucrative bank job to pursue his professional careers in stand up comedy. Since then he’s appeared on Comedy Central, TEDx Talks, The Second City and some of the world’s biggest comedy festivals. He is also the proud co-founder of MalPensando, a Toronto-based bilingual public speaking and comedy school (English, Spanish) that has empowered thousands of professionals to become funny, confident speakers. Stehpan has taught hundreds of workshops in 5 countries with extraordinary results.
To review a video recording of Stephan’s workshop click here.
“I Love Working With You!” The Leadership Trinity Applied
Learn crucial leadership techniques that will help your team work more effectively together. Your team will learn, grow and perform at their best … leading to outstanding results.
Presenter: Facilitated by George Anastasopoulos, a 20-year business veteran in senior sales, marketing, and general management. His experience includes developing superior employees and empowered teams in high-profile roles with Pepsi-Cola, General Mills, and Bausch & Lomb
Tools and Updates for Virtual Meetings
If your meetings are the same as before COVID, you are not running effective meetings. This workshop teaches attendees new tools and techniques to lead better virtual business meetings. Steps include preparing an agenda in the cloud, tools to use during the meeting, and how to prepare meeting notes and action items after the meeting.
Presenter: Justin Edenbaum, DTM has been an engineer and toastmaster for 20 years. As an engineer, he has attended many meetings. Out of total frustration from sitting or leading through too many boring meetings that lacked purpose and direction, he undertook the challenge to research how to conduct meetings properly. A workshop incorporating this research, “Lead Productive Business Meetings,” has been presented 15 times at multiple Toastmaster events, RBC, Professional Engineers Ontario, and Apotex. Then COVID hit. Justin went back to research best-practices for virtual meetings. While the same fundamentals still apply, this workshop incorporates tips and tools for “Planning an effective virtual meeting”. Note: This workshop focuses on business meetings, not club meetings for Toastmasters.
To review a recording of Justin’s workshop click here.
Lead Well. Lead Right.
Leadership is not about you. It’s about us. It’s about dreams and achievements. It’s about direction and progression. A leader must know the way, go the way and show the way.
Presenter: Facilitated by Shukla Datta, DTM. Shukla is a coach, trainer and motivational speaker with over 20 years’ experience in conducting workshops in various countries. She has authored three books, obtained a master’s degree from Sheffield University, U.K and taught Economics, Business Studies, and Life Skills.
Leading in a Volunteer Organization
Leading in a volunteer organization is a very fulfilling experience. However, there are different skills required to lead in a volunteer organization and the importance of recognition and reward in motivating volunteers. Through his workshop, Dinesh will share how leading in a volunteer organization helps individuals build skills that enable them to bring together different aspects of life.
Presenter: Dinesh Sharma is a Relationship Builder and a Change Agent. As a Human Resources Leader with more than 25 years of global corporate experience, Dinesh has worked both in India and North America. One of Dinesh’s benchmarks of success is his community work. He believes in life-long learning and sharing his knowledge with other professionals in the industry. He has helped a number of skilled immigrants settle in the country. The work Dinesh does in the community has been awarded numerous awards and has
earned him recognition as an emerging community leader.
Working in a Team Environment
Today in business and Toastmasters, people are talking about teams. The days of the directive or authoritarian-style leader where the boss tells everyone what to do are fast disappearing. They are being replaced by team environments, where each member knows they are part of something bigger than the individuals involved. People working in a team environment determine goals and plan and share the work. This interactive workshop will focus on the three keys of a successful team – Communication, Collaboration and Commitment.
Presenter: Wendy Williamson, DTM, has honed her team development skills during a 20-year career as an executive account manager with a global financial software company and during her eight years of D60 leadership. During her 12 years in Toastmasters, she has led many successful teams including her roles as Club Growth Director, Program Quality Director and District Director. Wendy is a trainer, coach and facilitator of public speaking programs for youths.
Kaizen – Continuous Improvement, a Japanese Way to Improve Processes
Learn how to improve your professional and personal success. With this workshop participants will: 1) be able to identify future steps to improve or increase the success of their personnel and business goals; 2) learn and understand the KAIZEN Methodology; 3) increase job success; 4) increase customer satisfaction, and; 5) learn what how to influence one’s career in positive ways. Find out how to apply KAIZEN in your everyday life. No matter what you do, success is guaranteed.
To review a video recording of Azhar’s workshop click here.
KAIZEN – The Japanese Secret to Lasting Change
Through his workshop, KAIZEN – The Japanese Secret to Lasting Change, learn how to improve professional and personal success. With this workshop participants will be able to identify future steps to improve or increase the success of their personnel and business goal:
- Learn and understand the KAIZEN Methodology
- Increase job success
- Increase customer satisfaction, and
- Learn how to influence one’s career in positive ways
Presenter:Azhar Khan, DTM, is a Kaizen Coach and Consultant since 2001 who has implemented Kaizen Methodology in many corporations including Toyota, Lexus, Amazon, FCA and Bombardier. A Toastmaster since 2012, he has and continues to hold leadership roles at the Club, Area and Division levels and in the Youth
Leadership Program. In addition to travelling, Azhar’s hobbies include listening to music, photography, research on history, and community service. He holds a Master’s in Economics, Project Management, BS Computer Science and Bachelor’s in Business.
Getting to Yes – The Art Of Successful Negotiation
Explore key points related to negotiation, encourage the use of research and empathy to understand the competing viewpoints and demonstrate effective methods of coming up with alternate solutions when negotiations come to a stand-still.
Presenter: David Bachan, DTM. District 60’s Club Officer Training Co-Chair 2021/22, David is a member of the FRMT team negotiating use of domed spaces within Toronto. As a Riverdale resident, he is negotiating with Metrolinx to add new train lines along the east-west corridor.
Power of Networking & Relationship Building
In North America, Networking & Relationship Building plays a very important role. Most of the work is done by Trust & with Relationship. Even for jobs, 80% of the jobs are in the hidden job market. However, doing effective networking & building an effective relationship is a skill, which many people are not aware of. It can be learned through some simple steps.
Presenter: Dinesh Sharma: Considered one of the biggest Relationship Builders in the industry, is an Author / Speaker & Inspirational HR Leader with more than 25 years of global HR experience in North America & India. He is a Relationship Builder and a Change Agent, and one of Dinesh’s benchmarks of success is his community work. Dinesh has organized more than 15 webinars to help new Canadians learn the skills necessary to successfully integrate into Canadian culture and build their career in Canada. The webinars have been attended by 700+ session attendees, and recently one of his companies was awarded a community service award by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).
To review a video recording of Dinesh’s workshop click here.
Do Less, Accomplish More, Make a Difference!
Want to do less, accomplish more and make a difference? We’ll give you the power, voice, and tools to:
- Sculpt work relationships with your manager and colleagues producing outstanding outcomes
- Love your work and who you do it with
- Collaborate more effectively and impact those you work with
To review a video recording of George’s workshop click here.
Presenter: George Anastasopoulos makes a difference with people who want to make a difference. His clients become influential leaders, perform at their best, build championship teams, produce superior results, and reach their goals; because he helps them do less, accomplish more and make a difference. George has taught at the University of Toronto and Schulich Executive Education Centre, is an ACC credentialed Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Sales Leader with the Canadian Professional Sales Association, a Certified Analyst with Thomas International on a variety of assessment tools, and a veteran business operator with a 20-year corporate career in senior sales, marketing and general management roles. Most of George’s clients are senior managers, executives and business owners across a variety of industries.
George brings fun, flare, and passion as a storyteller with poignant insights, and anecdotes.
YOU Are the Solution
YOU Are the Solution will help you transform yourself and those around you, to love what you do, and who you do it with. Rediscover the joy and fulfillment in your work. George will give you some practical tools to take action, to build transformative relationships, to become a great leader.
Presenter: As Head Coach at Leadership Fundamentals, George Anastasopoulos’ mission is to enable every manager and employee to accomplish more while doing less, and make a difference. Ever the contrarian, George refuses to accept “that’s the way it is.” He is dedicated to serving others, to helping them transform from manager to leader, and to creating workplaces where people love their work and who they do it with.
George is the author of I LOVE MONDAYS: Accomplish more, make a difference, and create a culture shift. He is a long-term Toastmaster and member of Albany Club Toastmasters. He’s taught at the U. Toronto and Schulich Executive Education Centre, is a Professional Certified Coach, a Certified Sales Leader,
and a veteran business operator with a 20-year corporate career.
Managing Your Mental Health and Developing Mental Vitality During COVID-19!
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and placed significant demands on our mental health. In this session on building Mental Vitality, you will learn powerful techniques on how to increase your self-awareness and improve your self-care. Participants will learn easy to implement self-management strategies such as Personal Upgrading, Instant Emotional Intelligence, and the “I AM WISZER” approach to life.
Presenter: Glen Matadeen, DTM: Over the past 25 years, as a University Educator and now Corporate Educator, Glen has educated 1000s of people from more than 135 countries. He has presented over 1700 sessions and currently facilitates webinars on mental health for organizations across North America and around the world. In early 2020, he joined Advanced 60 Toastmasters, and recently presented a keynote on mental health for the fall 2020 HR Forum, held at McMaster University.
To review a video recording of Glen’s workshop click here.
Your Best Interview: How Storytelling Techniques Can Make You the #1 Candidate
‘What is the successful narrative for a promotion or new employment opportunity? Participants will learn how to present professional assets and personal attributes in an informative story that meets the three criteria on every employer’s list.
Presenter: Marenca Kherani, DTM: Founder and President of an executive search firm, Marenca has coached hundreds of clients for job interviews in the areas of senior management, human resources, finance, law, information technology, marketing and sales. Recognized by National Personnel Associates (a global network of over 200 firms): ‘Hall of Fame’, Top Canadian Consultant, Three Times Quota Achiever, Regional Revenue Producer, Counseling Excellence. Marenca combines her expertise in the employment market with ten years of Toastmasters story telling experience to develop masterful, winning interview narratives.
To review a video recording of Marenca’s workshop click here.
A Toastmaster’s Guide to Publishing Your Book!
Rob’s online workshop is designed for Toastmasters and gives participants readily implementable advice as to how they can write, publish, and promote their very own book of which they will be proud. Specifically, Rob will address:
- Why to write a book
- What to write a book about
- How to write a book
- When to write a book
- Who to help you
Presenter: Rob Peck, DTM, has seventy-six years of life experience and over forty years of Toastmasters experience. He is a DTM, a past President of three different Toastmasters clubs, a past Area Director, and a past Division Director. Born in Toronto, raised in Canada, Guyana, England, and Switzerland, and trained as an engineer, Rob is married to Julia, is a father of four, and a grandfather of nine. He worked 34 years as a banker and retired at 59 to concentrate on the important things in life: family, church, and Toastmasters
Hero’s Journey: An Adventure Story Arc
Adventures begin with the awareness of a gap between what IS and what could BE. Many stories, myths, and movies are based on how a hero subject sets out on a quest, full of challenges and obstacles, in pursuit of a higher consciousness. Joseph Campbell described this mission as a Hero’s Journey. In the end, the Hero returns to their ordinary life with fabulous insights and wisdom. Participate in this adventurous workshop and return with new powers to map your personal journey story of success.
- Understand the standard formula for story development.
- Learn how to map your inner/outer journeys.
- Identify how challenges, obstructions and limited beliefs prevent progress.
- Uncover methods for transformation and personal growth.
- Experience the practical application of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
Presenter: Roman Smolak, DTM. Roman joined Toastmasters in 2006 and is an active trainer and workshop presenter. He shares reflections from his own Hero’s Workshop Journey in numerous D60 training and Conference sessions. Roman completed his Master’s Certificate in Adult Training, from the York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Master Your Power Tool for Success
Only 8 to 10% of people succeed in fulfilling their dreams. Wouldn’t you like to be one of them?
Most people give up because it feels like too much effort. The truth is that they unwittingly make it hard upon themselves. The Workshop is based on cutting-edge research in neuroscience and explains the requirements that must be met to ensure that your efforts are successful. You will learn about the three common impediments to success and how to overcome them. As a result of attending this workshop, you will become excited to release your intrinsic greatness and join the ranks of the successful.
Presenter: Shubha Amba, DTM: A Psychology graduate keenly interested in the key drivers of behaviour and behaviour change, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with her audience so as to inspire them to release their inherent greatness. Author, writer and poet, Shubha has participated in multiple anthologies. Her interests also include dabbling in art and keeping abreast of developments in neuroscience as it relates to human behaviour and change.
To review a recording of Shubha’s workshop click here.
Crack Your Excellence Code: Be All You Can Be
Do you want to:
– Live a life of excellence?
– Imagine the possibilities of a limitless life?
Attend this workshop to:
– Discover the impact of excellence in all levels of your life.
– Learn techniques to master self-management.
– Craft the right strategy to achieve excellence and be unlimited.
Presenter: Shukla Datta, DTM: A coach, trainer, author and a motivational speaker with over 20 years of experience in teaching, training and conducting workshops. She has a Master’s degree from Sheffield University, U.K and has taught Economics, Business Studies, and life skills. Her motivational book “LIVE LIFE LIKE NEVER BEFORE” and newly published “The MOJO of Relationships” have received enormous positive feedback from readers. As a passionate Toastmaster, she has visited TM clubs in many countries, taken roles in many TMI Conferences and has inspired toastmasters world-wide.
To review a recording of Shukla’s workshop click here.
Workshop Presentation Training
Create Engaging Virtual Training
Online training may not appeal to you. Creating an interactive workshop can feel like a formidable task. You may resist the silence of a virtual classroom or not know how to deal with leaners’ feedback. This workshop addresses how you can deliver an engaging virtual workshop. Join us to learn the top techniques for making your next training event more effective. Acquire the skills to get participants to pay attention and retain what it is you need to teach them.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Use key principles for designing great virtual training.
- Connect, communicate and collaborate virtually.
- Guide learners through interactive dialogue for effective learning.
- Avoid virtual training pitfalls.
Creating Your Toastmasters Workshop: Part 1 Design
Trainers aim to transfer knowledge and skills through training and facilitation. The latest techniques incorporate research to build training with more emotional connections. One approach is the utilization of stories to connect and engage learners. Learn to apply stories in the way learners want to experience the content.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Learn what the purpose of a Toastmasters training session is.
- Develop a training approach based on adult learning principles.
- Identify your key training message that compels transformation.
- Identify a process for organizing content.
Attend this workshop to build the knowledge you need for creating an insightful and entertaining program. Prepare now to become a facilitator for future training events and consider what benefits you will gain in developing your presentation skills.
Creating Your Toastmasters Workshop: Part 2 Delivery
Delivering an interactive workshop can feel like a formidable task. You may resist the silence of a virtual classroom or not know how to deal with leaners’ feedback. This workshop addresses how you can deliver an engaging virtual workshop. Join us to learn the top techniques for making your next training event more effective. Acquire the skills to get participants to pay attention and retain what it is you need to teach them.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Use key principles for delivering great virtual training
- Connect, communicate and collaborate virtually
- Guide learners through interactive dialogue for effective learning
- Avoid virtual training pitfalls
Presenter: Roman Smolak, DTM delivers impactful and engaging workshops for District 60 conferences and Club Officer Training. He delights in creating interactive training that inspires and motivates learners to take action.
From Speaker to Virtual Trainer
“From Speaker to Virtual Trainer” is a program designed to help you move from being a speaker to an effective web-based trainer.
Trainers aim to transfer knowledge and skills through training and facilitation. The latest techniques incorporate neuroscience research to build training with more emotional connections. The key findings explain how the brain responds to stories. Learn to apply stories in the way learners want to experience the content. In this program, you’ll acquire the five steps involved in preparing and presenting a virtual training program.
- You’ll learn the differences between public speaking and training.
- Understand different adult learning and neuroscience principles.
- Gain fundamental training techniques: micro story telling, virtual facilitation, and more.
- Participate in practical experiences of facilitation, and grow through discussions.
- Discover strengths you already have to design and deliver effective training.
- Develop the confidence to conduct a workshop.
Duration: This six-hour workshop is comprised of three 2 hour virtual sessions.
Presenter: Roman Smolak, DTM. Roman joined Toastmasters in 2006 and is an active trainer and workshop presenter. He has created and delivered over 30 workshops, including presentations at ten D60 Conferences. He completed his Master’s Certificate in Adult Training, from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Workshop Evaluation Committee
The Workshop Evaluation Committee is a collaboration between the Workshop Bureau and TGIF Advanced Toastmasters, a club that has differentiated itself through excellent evaluations enabling its members to elevate themselves as speakers. This committee has been formed to enable members across District 60 to be filled with confidence as they ‘Cross Over’ on The Bridge to the World outside Toastmasters.
The Workshop Evaluation Committee will provide the following services:
1. Develop and maintain a set of standardized criteria for evaluation of workshops for quality assurance
2. Provide feedback to aspiring facilitators in the setting of a pilot workshop presentation
3. Review and adjudicate workshop proposals and make recommendations for inclusion in the Workshop Bureau and the annual conference
New Workshop Topics
Members have requested workshops on the topics below. Please consider developing one of these workshops and submitting a proposal (Workshop Proposal) to the Workshop Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How to judge a speech contest
- Conflict resolution in a Toastmasters club
- Motivating members and recognizing their achievements
- How to write a club blog
- Social media marketing
- Build a club mentor program