GREAT Events

Watch this space for free GREAT Events throughout the year. Events include webinars and workshops on communication and leadership topics.


GREAT Event – To Hybrid or Not To Hybrid, That is the Question!

Moderated by: Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM 

Description:

Many clubs are still meeting online; other clubs have returned to meeting in person, and some have begun Hybrid meetings.

Our expert panel representing Downtown Santa Cruz Toastmasters, Los Gatos Toastmasters, and Saratoga Toastmasters will share their successful hybrid meeting tips. There are many “Do and Don’t’ lists about hybrid meetings but let’s hear from those doing it. The lessons learned, what works and what doesn’t work, and more. If you are planning to start Hybrid meetings, then this is the one session that is a Must Attend

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM PST
Cost: Free!

Agenda:
Session: 6:00 – 7:00PM PST
Q&A: 7:00 – 7:30PM PST

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Blarney! Tall Tales Tips from Three Wild Irishmen and a Lovely Lass to Keep Them in Czech

Description:
This workshop focuses on the keys to effective tall tales: Imagination, Exaggeration, Vocalization, and Visualization. District champions and Distinguished Toastmasters Brendan Murphy, Declan Shalvey, Jana Lannen, and Dennis Dawson will talk about the skills they use to capture and delight their audience with tales of hyperbolic improbability, then let audience members try it themselves. If you don’t walk out of the workshop a consummate purveyor of pure preposterous pabulum, you will have the skills to convince everyone you do.

Speaker Bios:

Dennis Dawson is a Distinguished Toastmaster and past district champion in the Tall Tales contest.

Jana Lannen is a Toastmasters enthusiast, who competed twice in the International Speech Contest District Level.

Declan Shalvey is a Distinguished Toastmaster and the winner of the 2020 Fall Fusion Humorous contest.

Distinguished Toastmaster Brendan James Murphy is a past District Table Topics and District Humorous Speech Champion.

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Connecting with Others: What Effective Leaders Do Differently

Presenter: Ramesh Dewangan, DTM 

Description:
Connecting with others is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.

The Talk “Connecting with Others: What the Most Effective Leaders Do Differently” will cover how leaders display genuine interest in their audience and team members. Without the right connections, the efforts of leaders may be wasted. While the merits of strong relationships and connections may appear straightforward, forming connections requires planned and purposeful adherence to a select set of principles and practices. The talk will explore several principles and practices using real-life examples and discussions.

Speaker Bio:
Ramesh Dewangan is the Founder and CEO of Quantum Vision Consulting, and a leadership coach for mid-level professionals. He is a best-selling author and certified coach, speaker, and trainer.

He has led global teams in software development, product management, and marketing in his 30+ years of career. He is an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and an Electrical Engineer from NITK India. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Evaluate with Empathy

Presenter: Dennis Dawson, DTM, PDG

Description:
Evaluation is the heart of Toastmasters – it’s the core of our education program, and it’s how we show we care. Dennis Dawson discusses the importance of giving honest criticism in a way that the speaker is able to incorporate the feedback and build their skills. The workshop will include a practical example with a target speaker and evaluations from three attendees who will try out Dennis’s techniques in real time.

Speaker Bio:
Dennis Dawson has completed the traditional Toastmasters education program two times to earn two Distinguished Toastmaster awards. He is a Past Governor of District 57 Toastmasters. Dennis is a district champion in the Humorous, Tall Tales, and Evaluation contests. He teaches drawing at local elementary schools, and volunteers as Santa Claus at San Jose Christmas in the Park.

Date: Monday, December 19, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Pitching Like a Pro

Presenter: Satish Shenoy, DTM

Description:
As leaders, we have to “pitch” every time we want to communicate to our audience. This audience could be the teams we lead, to our peers, senior company executives to board of directors or even investors. Learning the different and most effective ways to pitch can really set you apart as a leader.

In this session, come learn from Distinguished Toastmaster Satish Shenoy who shares some effective pitching techniques having learned them while working at some of the world’s most exciting startups to the largest enterprises from leading pitch practitioners including Dan Pink, Simon Sinek, Nathan Gold and others. You will learn several different ways to pitch effectively based on the situation you are faced with and the outcome you are driving to deliver.

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – How to Promote and Produce a Contest

Presenter: Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM

Description:

Contest Season is Here!

Club Contests are held in February. Area Contests are held in March. Division Contests are held in April. All leading to the District 101 Spring Conference in May.

It’s time to plan your Area and Division Contest. Who does what and when?

How do you select your Contest Chair; your Tech Chair; your Chief Judge; your Toastmaster; your Sergeant at Arms? How do you conduct Registration? How do you plan and execute your Public Relations and Marketing Plan?

Plan, Prepare, and Execute your Contest without losing sleep. We’ll provide guidance, resources, and answers.

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Pitch Your Club

Pitch your club and win a trophy!
 
FAQ about the Pitch Your Club Events

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Train the Trainer

Presenter: Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM 

Description:

Have you attended Officer Training and thought, “I would like to do that,” or “I can do that.”

District 101 is conducting a Train the Trainer session on June 3rd from 9 am to Noon (PST)

We will review the difference between Speaking and Training; how to do Gap Analysis; the difference in Communication Styles; what are Adult Learning Principles; how to Facilitate; the use of Questions to move the learning forward; how to manage Problem Participants; how to plan your Club Officer Training Session; how to manage training online and in person.

These and more will be covered in three participative hours. At the end of the training, you will receive a completion certificate for your attendance and participation, and you will be qualified to be one of the trainers for District 101 Club Officer Training.

Don’t passively sit on the sidelines, become one of the influential leaders in District 101 by sharing your officer knowledge with other Toastmasters. Seneca, the philosopher and author, shared, “Men learn as they teach.”

Learn how to teach, and then learn as you teach.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 12:00PM PST
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101

 


 

Past GREAT Events


GREAT Event – Train the Trainer

Presenter: Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM 

Description:

Have you attended Officer Training and thought, “I would like to do that,” or “I can do that.”

District 101 is conducting a Train the Trainer session on November 12th from 9 am to Noon (PST)

We will review the difference between Speaking and Training; how to do Gap Analysis; the difference in Communication Styles; what are Adult Learning Principles; how to Facilitate; the use of Questions to move the learning forward; how to manage Problem Participants; how to plan your Club Officer Training Session; how to manage training online and in person.

These and more will be covered in three participative hours. At the end of the training, you will receive a completion certificate for your attendance and participation, and you will be qualified to be one of the trainers for District 101 Club Officer Training.

Don’t passively sit on the sidelines, become one of the influential leaders in District 101 by sharing your officer knowledge with other Toastmasters. Seneca, the philosopher and author, shared, “Men learn as they teach.”

Learn how to teach, and then learn as you teach.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Time: 9:00 – 12:00PM PST
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Great Meetings

Presenter: Dennis Dawson, DTM 

Description:

Dennis Dawson will lead a discussion not only of best practices for running a great meeting, but also why the rituals are important to running meetings that motivate members and transform guests. There will be ample time for attendees to discuss the issues that interfere with the fun and success of their clubs and brainstorm practical solutions.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PST
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – What, Why, and How of Pathways

Presenter: Raghunadha Raju, DTM 

Description:
Do you know that Pathways program offers more than 300+ competencies that can nurture our public speaking and leadership journey. Pathways also offers several projects where we can safely practice and exhibit our leadership skills. come join the pathways orientation session where Raghu is going to talk about Why, what and how about Toastmasters.

Speaker Bio:
Raghunadha Raju is a 3-time DTM and has completed 9 pathways. He has mentored several members across the globe on pathways. He believes in converting his personal experiences and stories into speeches. Raghunadha is currently serving as Division Director for Division A in District 101. He calls himself Nomadic Toastmaster, roaming around different countries of the world virtually. He has now virtually visited 600+ clubs in 144 countries.

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PST
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Think Inside the Box: How to Reach Your Audience Online

Presenter: Alexandre Matte, DTM 

Description:
The number and frequency of online events skyrocketed in 2020. While many Toastmasters and presenters embraced the new medium, many others resisted or hesitated to make the switch. And while the world is opening again and we can go back on stages in front of real live audiences, the need and desire for online events is expected to continue growing. Don’t be left out.

Join Alexandre Matte, DTM, First runner up in the 2022 World Championship of Public Speaking, and the only online contestant to reach the podium, in his rich and participative workshop. Come prepared to practice your content live, and increase your level of comfort and skills in online presentations.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – Pathways Percipience – What!

Moderated by Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM

Description:
Love it – Hate it – it doesn’t matter, Pathways is here to stay.

  • Learn how to work Pathways and how to make Pathways work for you.
  • Our panel of knowledgeable Pathways trainers will offer tips, tools and insights to make navigating Pathways and doing assignments easy.
  • Advanced registrants will be asked to offer questions and concerns that can be covered during the discussion.

Our Panelists:
Program Quality Director, DTM Abhijeet Joshi
Club Growth Director, DTM Raji Bandanapudi
Pathways Professor, DTM Ken Braly

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:15PM PT
Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101


GREAT Event – An Evening with Meetup’s CEO: David Siegel

Leadership Advice and Decision-Making Strategies from a Leading CEO

Description
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the largest platform for finding and building local community.

From his bestselling book, Decide & Conquer (HarperCollins) David will share the framework for decision-making that leaders can use to ensure organizational and personal success.

About the Speaker
David Siegel has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth, and digital traffic acceleration.

Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he teaches strategic planning and entrepreneurship. He hosts Keep Connected, a podcast dedicated to the power of community, which ranks among the top 3% of global podcasts.

David’s bestselling book, Decide & Conquer (HarperCollins) can be purchased from Amazon through this link: Amazon Link

Agenda
6:00 PM: Doors Open
6:30 PM: Session Begins
8:00 PM: Adjourn

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Location: Synopsys, 800 N Mary Ave, Building 1, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Online: An online option is provided with the registration.

Cost: Free!

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Questions? Contact:
Abhijeet Joshi
Program Quality Director, District 101