Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Learn, Grow, and Reinvent through the
Toastmasters Leadership Institute Series Online

A note from District 101 Events Chair, Mythili Prabhu, DTM, PDD:

August 27, 2020

For the very first time, we held a TLI Series spread over 2 months – July and August 2020. I would like to thank our TLI Chair, Abhijeet Joshi for his excellent contribution in leading this event. It took a great amount of planning and time to make it happen.

The TLI Series featured a great variety of speakers from near and far, and on a variety of topics to help our members. If you were unable to attend the sessions, check out the recording for our sessions below.

If you’d like to step up and chair an event in the future, reach out to me at mythili.toastmasters@gmail.com.

Lastly, check out our GREAT Events and Fall Fusion pages to learn about upcoming events!

Weekly Event Schedule

DateTimeTitle
Tuesday, July 14 6-7 PM Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Career
Rita Barber, DTM, PDG
Video
Tuesday, July 21 6-7 PM How to Effectively Respond to Criticism
Arnold Buss, Ph.D.
Video
Wednesday, July 29 6-7 PM Active Trust
Kari Lynn Morgan
Video
Thursday, August 6 6-7 PM The Rhythm of English
Sheila Lebedenko, MATESL
Video
Wednesday, August 12 6-7:30 PM Mentoring: The Secret Weapon of Successful Speakers and Leaders
Satish Shenoy, DTM
Video
Saturday, August 15 10-11 AM Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease
Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking
Thursday, August 20 6-7 PM Special Event: Three Past International Presidents Discuss Leadership Video
Wednesday, August 26 6-7:30 PM The Magic of the Mindset
Stewart Murrie
Video

The link to the video of Craig Valentime's presentation was provided to members in the District Director's message for September 2020.

Educational Sessions:

Click on each session title below for event details.

[July 14] Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Career - Rita Barber, DTM, PDG

Session: Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Career

Speaker: Rita Barber, DTM, PDG

Abstract: Did you know that over 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to research and recruit candidates? They know it’s a time saver in finding the best talent out there. Learn the steps needed to boost up your career and demonstrate who you are professionally with LinkedIn. We’ll talk about the benefits of having a profile on LinkedIn, career transitioning using LinkedIn, and how you can use LinkedIn as a resource in finding that next great career.

About the Speaker: Rita Barber, DTM, PDG works with individuals and groups of people to polish their message in order to reach their goals.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!

[July 21] How to Effectively Respond to Criticism - Arnold Buss, Ph. D.

Session: How to Effectively Respond to Criticism

Speaker: Arnold Buss, Ph. D.

Abstract: Do you find yourself in conflict with others – friends? Family members? Coworkers? Employers?
Employees? Do you struggle at times to resolve those conflicts? Would it surprise you to learn that the most important step towards resolving conflict is to become a more effective listener?

This presentation focuses on specific ways that you can break through difficult communications with a simple, yet powerful, approach to listening empathetically. Listening effectively means being open to a point of view with which you may disagree, putting aside your own judgments and thoughts, and focusing all attention on the messages – spoken and unspoken – that the other person is sending. In a conflict, understanding the other person’s point of view is a crucial first step towards resolution.

You will learn a simple, yet powerful and effective approach to listening effectively in difficult and even confrontational situations. Using this listening skill, you can transform any conflict into an opportunity for constructive resolution to a problem, a deepening of understanding and empathy, and ultimately an improvement to the relationship itself.

Bio: Arnold Buss received an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research at Cornell University. He has been teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the past 30 years. A longtime member of Toastmasters, he has achieved the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and is a past Area Governor. He teaches seminars on Effective Communication and Relationship Building and has previously given presentations on interpersonal communication skills to many local. He also facilitates individuals and couples with their interpersonal communication issues.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/district-101-toastmasters-leadership-series/

[July 29] Active Trust - Kari Lynn Morgan

Session: Active Trust

Speaker: Kari Lynn Morgan

Abstract: Trust is the foundation of every human relationship, whether personal or professional. This interactive session proposes a model of trust that can be gifted, not just earned; and where trusting the other, creates trustworthiness in them. We will discuss the challenges of sitting in the unknown, and of trusting in situations where previous trust has been breached and how to navigate blame and surrender. We will also discuss effective communication tools for talking about trust, mistrust, and repairing the relationship when trust is weakened

Bio: Kari Lynn Morgan is a relationship coach working to bring better communication skills to the world. She works with groups, couples, and individuals in their pursuit of more connection through honesty and trust.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-july-29-2020

[Aug 6] The Rhythm of English - Sheila Lebedenko, MATESL

Session: The Rhythm of English

Speaker: Sheila Lebedenko, MATESL

Abstract: Sheila, a Los Gatos and Next Step Toastmaster, and the head accent reduction coach at Smooth English, will offer a 1 hour interactive workshop designed to help you appreciate what makes English a stress-timed language, as opposed to a syllable-timed language.  You will learn what syllables to stress, which words to stress, how to stress and how to “unstress.”  You will improve your vocal variety and comprehensibility by implementing vowel lengthening, reductions, linking and blending as you work in small groups.  Those who are brave will even volunteer to display their efforts in front of everyone, to be corrected by the instructor.

Bio: An Illinois native, Sheila has always loved the rhythm of English, from music to nursery rhymes, from acting monologues to public speeches.  She has over 25 years of experience coaching accent reduction to non-native speakers, as well as a background in business, law, theater, singing & public speaking.  She earned her law degree and master’s degree in teaching ESL (English as a second language) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   She has taught not only pronunciation but the entire spectrum of ESL courses for Smooth English, Golden Gate Language Schools, Executive Language Training, University of Illinois, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and San Jose State University.  As the founding owner of Smooth English, Sheila currently offers custom-tailored programs on Zoom, including private, semi-private and large group accent reduction lessons.  She also offers mobile apps and online pronunciation courses on YouTubeUdemy, and Skill Share.  She’s coached actors, as well as 100s of Silicon Valley professionals, including engineers and executives from top tech companies, i.e. Amazon, Apple, Google, HP, PayPal and Samsung.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-august-6-2020

[August 12] Mentoring: The Secret Weapon of Successful Speakers and Leaders - Satish Shenoy, DTM

Session: Mentoring: The Secret Weapon of Successful Speakers and Leaders

Speaker: Satish Shenoy, DTM

Abstract: Would you like to develop new skills or polish your existing skills? Do you find yourself stuck after several years in Toastmasters or in the same job? Do you have a mentor or, better yet, a personal board of mentors to help you?

Continuous learning and active engagement with the right mentors are absolutely essential to accelerate your learning and growth within Toastmasters and beyond. Having a mentor, or a personal board of mentors will help you take your Toastmasters experience and your career to the next level and help you find fulfillment. It is equally important for experienced professionals as mentors to share their wisdom and build their leadership skills and personal brand.

In this speech, Satish Shenoy will share insights around the characteristics of good mentors and mentees and practical tips around how to find and keep the best mentors and disclose how to build and leverage a personal board of mentors to supercharge your learning and growth.

Bio: Satish Shenoy, DTM sees Toastmasters as a way to continually grow personally and professionally. Having worked across startups to Fortune 500 companies and traveled to over 50 clubs in 5 continents including Antarctica, he enjoys sharing his experiences to help fellow Toastmasters and colleagues to reach outside of their comfort zone. 

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Q&A
7:30 PM: Adjourn

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-aug-12-2020

[August 15] Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease - Craig Valentine, 1999 WCPS

Session: Present with Impact and Persuade with Ease

Speaker: Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

Abstract: Join Craig Valentine (the World Champion of Public Speaking) and get the top tools to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats and persuade them to take your next desired step. Whether speaking to an audience of 1 or 1000, you will pick up tools to…

1. Hook your listeners into your presentation from your very first words
2. Turn your presentation into profits
3. Motivate and influence your audience to take action when you are finished
4. Craft, deliver, and sell your message effectively
5. Present in a confident, assured, and engaging manner
6. Make your message memorable
7. Breathe life into your presentations, bring your audience to you, and build a message that sticks!

This is one interactive presentation you can’t afford to miss. Build your confidence and your competence and have lots of fun in the process!

Bio: Craig Valentine is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking, a 3-time Mid-Atlantic Salesperson of the Year, and an Amazon.com #1 Bestselling Author.

Agenda:
9:45 AM: Virtual Doors Open
10:00 AM: Session Begins
11:00 AM: Adjourn

Date:Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-aug-15-2020

[August 20] Special Event: Three Past International Presidents Discuss Leadership

Session: Special Event: Three Past International Presidents Discuss Leadership

Speakers: Pat Johnson, DTM, PIP 2010-11; Michal Notaro, DTM, PIP 2011-12; Jim Kokocki, DTM, PIP 2015-16

Abstract: What does it take to be a successful leader?
What does a great leader do to create a legacy?
Where do you begin and how do you grow as a leader?
Leadership is a grand journey and has so much to offer to all of us. When opportunities do come our way, we may not always do our best to absorb everything it has to offer. While it’s no easy task, one of the most important things is to truly find your voice as a leader. Join our illustrious panelists who have served and prospered as leaders. On Thursday, August 20th, you have the unique opportunity to hear from 3 Past International Presidents of Toastmasters International.

About the Panelists:

Pat Johnson, DTM, PIP A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Johnson offers the Toastmasters organization more than 30 years of experience in working in policy, career development and strategic planning. She has international experience as a speaker and trainer and is skilled in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. In addition, her work experience includes organizational development and delivery and evaluation of programs in adult education.

In 2004-2006 she was elected and served as International Director on the International Board of Toastmasters International and continued through the Vice President roles until 2010-2011 when she served this not-for-profit educational organization as their International President and Chairman of the Board. Pat is the only Canadian woman to serve in this prestigious role.

In the community, Pat has served as a Board Member with the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, Commonwealth Games Speaker’s Bureau trainer, Saanich Rotary Club, as well as a mentor for Leadership Victoria for five years. She is currently a member of Victoria Curling Club, Advisory Board member at the University of Victoria and just recently served on a fund raising committee for the Arts Community of Victoria. 

She currently owns a speaking, coaching and training business, Pat Johnson & Associates and is an Affiliate of Accomplishment Coaching.

Michael Notaro, DTM, PIP from Alameda, California served as the 2011-2012 Toastmasters International President. During his Presidency, Toastmasters launched a new visual system and branding initiative which included the tagline “Toastmasters: where leaders are made.”

The organization also updated its worldwide mission to focus on “empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders,” updated the district mission to focus on “building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence,” and updated the club mission to focus on building “a supportive and positive learning experience resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.”

Born and bred in the “windy city” of Chicago, Illinois, USA, Michael came to California to attend the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in political economy, played on the water polo team and made the single best decision of his life: he joined the CAL Bears Toastmasters Club in May of 1985.

During his thirty-five years of Toastmasters membership, Michael has held every leadership role from dogcatcher to International President. He has given over 600 speeches to enthusiastic Toastmasters on five continents. During the 2019-2020, Michael served as chairman of the International Leadership Committee (ILC) responsible for nominating International Director and Officer Candidates at the International Convention which begins next week! Michael is author of the bestselling book “The Call of the Leader” available on Amazon which was released at the 2019 Toastmasters International Convention.

He is currently an active member of three Toastmasters Clubs and served with distinction in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Michael is a practicing real estate attorney and principal of Notaro Law Group where he uses his Toastmasters skills every day.

Jim Kokocki, DTM, PIP is a writer, speaker, facilitator, and speech coach. 

As a volunteer leader, Jim serves as President and Board Chair of L’Arche Saint John, part of a worldwide network of communities creating homes, work, and day programs together with people who have intellectual disabilities.

Jim is a member of Toastmasters International and served as International President 2015-2016. Jim’s speaker reel is available at https://youtu.be/oe4NiQWZWDc.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: Adjourn

Date:Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-aug-20-2020

Preview of the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfHdVRzgBVY

[August 26] The Magic of the Mindset - Stewart Murrie

Session: The Magic of the Mindset

Speaker: Stewart Murrie

Abstract: Is there something you always wanted to do but felt it wasn’t for you, like learning a foreign language, playing an instrument, or starting your own business? Have you ever chased your dreams, but fallen at the first hurdle and walked away convinced that you just aren’t good enough?

In this workshop, Stewart will guide participants to level up their lives by developing a growth mindset, a powerful mentality that can unlock possibilities and unleash the untapped potential in all of us. You’ll walk away with an understanding of your current mindset, some tools to change your self-perception, and the most powerful word in the world for achieving lifelong success.

Bio: Stewart Murrie is a San Francisco-based product designer, speaker and coach. He is an active member of two clubs in District 4, Dolby Speakers and San Francisco Storytellers, and has served as both an Area and Division Director. He competes regularly, having reached District finals on four occasions, winning the 2017 District 4 Evaluation Contest. He was also recognized as the 2017 District 4 Toastmaster of the Year. Stewart loves helping teams work better together, and regularly runs workshops on topics such as brainstorming, evaluations and leadership. If you’d like him to run a workshop at your club or workplace, contact him at murrie.org.

Agenda:
5:45 PM: Virtual Doors Open
6:00 PM: Session Begins
7:00 PM: optional Q&A
7:30 PM: Adjourn

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Online

Cost: Free!
Registration: https://d101tm.wufoo.com/forms/d101-tli-series-aug-26-2020

Preview of the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxF-to6YPbI

Questions? Contact:
TLI Chair, Abhijeet Joshi
District 101 Events Chair, Mythili Prabhu, DTM, PDD
Program Quality Director, Shyamala Sista, DTM