Last minute notes and thoughts
Toastmasters International conference in Toronto, Ontario this past weekend, saw a sold out crowd in attendance for the World Championship of Public Speaking, on Saturday morning.
I have had the privilege of working behind the scenes, in the coaches corner, for one of the world finalists, Rowena Romero from Calgary, AB. What a delightful, dedicated young woman! Though she did not walk off stage with the ultimate prize, (this year); she delighted and captivated the audience (and even more so in her humorous contestant interview.) She used a step stool as a prop and people were lining up to talk to her and to sign it! I can hardly wait for the DVD to come out mid October.
Rowena is an amazing speaker and a worthy champion in her own right, having won the Regional Championships in Saskatoon ealier this June. That win moved her into the ranks as one of the top 10 Toastmasters International speakers of 2005, garnering a trip to Toronto. I have been very impressed with her style, her sense of humor and timing, as well as her dedication to bringing the best of herself to her captivating presentations. Row is a delight to work with...
I am sure this is not the last we will see of this very talented performer.
Remember Rowena... Step into the ring... It's show time!
Actually get to do some speaking in the Edmonton area this month. I love what I do, but it is a nice change to be able to sleep in my own bed!
Saturday, September 10th I'll be the host MC for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter professional development meeting.
We meet at Lister Hall, on the UofA campus. Coffee is on at 8:30AM and the meeting starts at 9AM. Visitor fee is only $35. Parking is available for $4.
This month we have three special guests... my friends Colin and Sandra who co-founded the Mastermind Club (which meets on Wed nights. www.mastermindclubs.com) here in Edmonton and a very special friend and fellow writer, Julie Fergeson (www.beaconlit.com) from Vancouver.
If you've ever thought you had a book inside you, Julie will help you bring it out. Her approach to writing is refreshing and very helpful. Even if you just want to be a better writer, Beacon Literary Services can help. She'll be doing a super session in the afternoon where she will be going deeper into the topic.See you there! Visit: www.capsedmonton.com for more information on CAPS.
Thursday, September 22nd - Webcast event for Edmonton's Business Link Brown Bag Series:
I've been asked to do a lunch and learn for my special friends at The Business Link on 'The Secrets of EFFECTIVE Customer Service.' This session will be Video cast, with interaction and feedback, to 6 or more locations around Alberta.
For our Alberta readers, contact The Business Link to find out if there is a location near you. They provide some top level speakers each year, as part of their mandate to service the business community in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. Many of them are video cast. The sessions are available for sure in Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche, St. Paul, Cochrane, Calgary and Medicine Hat.
For more information and contacts for registration see their video conferencing schedule. The sessions available via video conferencing are marked with a . My session is in the sales and marketing listings.
Tuesday, Sept. 27th will be a special 'focus' evening with the Alberta Care Givers Association.
This special evening with their leadership and volunteers will also be open to any who would be interested in helping this organization grow and expand its worthwhile and much needed work across Alberta. I will be facilitating this focused evening on the challenges and the opportunities of doing just that!
If you'd be interested in getting involved or attending, please contact Director, Peter Kossowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more details: http://www.albertacaregiversassociation.org/