Recap of Day Three – Toastmasters 2012 International Convention


Day 3 provided an array of speakers who were unfazed by the inclement weather:

  • Chris Ford advised in “Lead from the Middle” that as a leader your main focus is people and the mission. What’s your mission for the 2012 – 2013 term?
  • Pete Weissman asked “What is the unique perspective only YOU can provide?” He also recommended the Full Circle Conclusion approach to ending speeches.
  • Later Sam Davidson urged toastmasters to “Find YOUR story; a personal and repeatable story” 
  • Matt Abrahams imparted tactics for delivering better speeches. What do you do if your hands sweat profusely or you are averse to making eye contact? Read his clever tips on Twitter using hashtag #TIConv12
  • Lisa Panarello spoke on the value of networking. Relationship management is a critical success factor in networking. “Build your network before you need it” she said. Read her Bio at and the wealth of knowledge she revealed on the twitter-stream #TIConv12
  • Lars Sudmann gave a talk on using humor. “For something to be funny, it should be true to your audience and have a touch of pain” Those sound like words to remember for the upcoming Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests. 
  • Finally, the Golden Gavel Reception & Dinner hosted by District 84 featuring Golden Gavel Recipient John C. Maxwell was a banquet of ideas in addition to the great food and company. Maxwell made the observation “You are Toastmasters & you are smarter than most people!” 

The education session will be posted to Youtube in September, look out for these! 

Tomorrow a new World Champion of Public Speaking will be determined. The live stream will be available here. Best wishes to the nine finalists. We will be watching from Trinidad & Tobago and following the backchannel on Twitter via #TIConv12.


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