Journey to the D4 Toastmasters Spring Conference (Part II) – 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend

The Spring Conference is approaching and we are so excited. We know that it can feel like a big commitment to dedicate a weekend to attending a conference but there are many reasons why you should attend. Here’s 5 to get you started:

The Venue

This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza located in Foster City. For those who may be attending the conference from outside the bay area, the hotel’s location is near the San Francisco Airport, making your transportation a breeze. There’s also a free shuttle to and from SFO.

The Contests

The Spring Conference will feature Table Topics and International Speech Contests. Come watch the best in the District throw down and compete for the illustrious title of District 4 Champion. The winner of the International Speech Contest will also advance to the semi-final round at this year’s Toastmasters International Convention which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 23-26.

The Educational Sessions

We’re thrilled to welcome Ayla Lewis from Happy Brain Science to present the keynote address, The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work. Studies show that happier people are more productive, creative, insightful, engaged and resilient. Ayla will provide dozens of actionable techniques and specific strategies to effectively cope with stress, reboot your workflow for increased focus and creativity, develop and sustain happiness, and more! View a special video message from Ayla below:

That’s not all… additional educational sessions will showcase talented members from District 4. You’ll have the opportunity to learn persuasive speaking techniques with Richard Bannin, hear updates on Pathways (Toastmasters’ revitalized educational program) from Ken Cawley, or practice developing a growth mindset with Stewart Murrie.

The Business Meeting

While it may not seem as glamorous as the keynote speaker or as thrilling as the speech contests, the District Business Meeting is the linchpin of the Spring Conference. Members from across our community will come together to participate in Join us to hear the latest updates on District performance, review financials, and most importantly, elect leaders for the 2017-2018 term! Every club in good standing is entitled to two votes at the Business Meeting, carried by the President and VP-Education. If these officers cannot make it, we encourage them to designate a proxy to ensure their club is represented.

If you’re an officer of your club and hold a vote in the business meeting, come attend and help drive critical district decisions that need to be made for the continued success of our District. Your voice counts! Even if you don’t hold a vote, come learn about District matters and see what it’s like behind the scenes.

For those who choose not to atted the meeting, there’s something for you, too! Michael Chojnacki will lead a concurrent session on Powerful Leadership Skills for Building Community.

The Networking

The conference brings together roughly 200 people from all divisions, areas and clubs. This is a fantastic opportunity to network and learn from your peers. What are their other interests? What insights do they have to share? How has Toastmasters helped in the industries that they work in? There is so much collective talent and experience gathered in one place. Take advantage by building relationships.

Two specific events that you do not want to miss are the happy hour mixer which will be held on Saturday evening and the breakfast discussion on Sunday morning.

Convinced? What are you waiting for? Register now and we’ll see you there on May 20th.

About Eugene Chen 25 Articles
Eugene Chen joined Toastmasters in June 2013. He is a member of First Republic Toastmasters and Cable Car Toastmasters. During his time with the organization, he has held a variety of club and district level leadership roles - the most recent being Public Relations Manager for District 4 during the 2016-2017 term. Outside of Toastmasters, Eugene leads the Enterprise Collaboration program at First Republic Bank where he uses the mechanics of social media, community management, information architecture, and user experience design to help his colleagues work smarter together. He’s also an avid half-marathon runner and has competed in over 20 races to date.

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