Southern Interior TLI Spring 2016


Gary Schmidt photo Gary Schmidt wants to talk to you…

The former Toastmasters International president (2009-2010) is the keynote speaker at the D21 Southern Interior Toastmasters Leadership Institute.

“If your New Year’s resolutions include ramping up your personal development in 2016, you will be there,” said Division X Director Moya Webb. “I have helped to organize six club officer training events in the past, but I think that this one is the best. Having someone of Gary Schmidt’s calibre tailoring his keynote to the specific needs and challenges of the clubs in the Southern Interior is a fantastic opportunity for us all to learn.

Schmidt, the youngest international president in Toastmasters history, will give much needed advice and suggestions in two keynote addresses, one before morning coffee break and one after:

  • The secrets of successful clubs — what a successful club does before, during and after the club meeting.
  • The three secrets of successful leaders — building relationships, communicating with your team, and being a servant-leader.

“My Toastmasters experience has transformed me into a better communicator, a stronger leader and a well-developed person,” Schmidt said. “It has taught me that the best way to build organizations is by building people: with confidence, leadership and self-worth.

Schmidt, who chose Toastmasters: Confidence. Leadership. Service as his presidential theme, asked Toastmasters to take action on these concepts. “You will improve your life, the lives of your fellow members, and the lives of all those in the world who are touched daily by the power of Toastmasters.”

While you’re digesting your lunch and the advice from his two talks, Schmidt will hold a question-and-answer session. There will also be opportunities for one:one discussions if necessary.
See if you can’t stump the former senatorial aide and speech writer. Bring your trickiest challenges and let Schmidt help you to make Divisions C and X even more successful.

In the afternoon, club officer training sessions will be led by experienced trainers from the Southern Interior divisions, along with educational sessions on the revitalized education program (because it’s all about to change) and how to use social media to increase your membership (by popular request following a poll of club officers).

For those who are not club officers, an educational session on the best evaluation techniques will prepare you for the upcoming spring contest.

“Everyone is welcome, club officers and regular members. There’s something for everyone. Come along for some amazing leadership development” Webb said.

When: Sunday, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with check-in at 10:15 a.m.

Where: Main Lecture Theatre (S104), Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna

Cost: $15 (Pre-registration is required).

Coffee and Lunch provided.