2020 Toastmasters International Virtual Convention Semifinals
2020 Virtual Convention Logo Illustrating a Globe and Laptop

AUGUST 24–29, 2020


Please note: The following events are listed in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


8 a.m. – Convention is Live!
Join us on your computer or mobile device for a warm welcome from Toastmasters International President, Deepak Menon, DTM. Explore the virtual convention agenda, leave a note on the social wall, watch an OnDemand education session, or create your personal agenda.
Available On Demand – Town Hall
Be informed before you vote. The Toastmasters International Executive Committee answers frequently asked questions about the upcoming Annual Business Meeting proposals.

Would you like a sneak peek of the proposals that will be voted on? The Toastmasters International Executive Committee answers pertinent questions in an informative video; click here to watch on YouTube and here if you are in China and cannot access the first link.
Available On Demand – Education Sessions
Enjoy a total of 14 educational sessions at your leisure. A speaker will be featured from each of Toastmasters’ 14 regions, presenting dynamic, high-value, experiential topics in communication and leadership development skills.
6–7 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Presentation
Be there for the highly anticipated convention kickoff, featuring the popular Parade of Flags, an inspiring keynote speaker, and an introduction to candidates for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.
7–7:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Showcase
Connect with our Opening Ceremonies Keynote Speaker for a live Q&A session.
8–10 p.m. – Sing-Along
Join Past International President, Ted Corcoran, DTM, for a good, old-fashioned sing-along. Attendees from all over the world come together at the end of the day to entertain by singing, reciting a poem, or playing a musical instrument.

To sign up to be a performer at the Sing-Along, please click here and fill out the required form. If you have any issues with the form, please email meetingplanning@toastmasters.org for assistance.
8:30–9:30 a.m. – Board of Directors Briefing
Toastmasters International Board of Directors share updates about recent decisions, the organization’s vision, and strategies for the future.
10–11:30 a.m. – Semifinals Round 1
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®.
3–4 p.m. – Toastmasters 360°
This moderated panel discussion will explore Toastmasters International leadership opportunities from a 360° perspective. Learn important ways you can contribute as a leader at any level.
Moderator:
Mohammad Murad, DTM, Past International President, Entrepreneur
Panelists:
Deepak Menon, DTM, International President
Richard E. Peck, DTM, Executive Committee Member
Daniel Rex, Chief Executive Officer
David Templeman, DTM, International Director
Coral McVean, DTM, Region Advisor
Metaxia Kritsidima, DTM, District Director
Ashley Dong, Club President
6–7:30 p.m. – Semifinals Round 2
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®
Available On Demand – Candidate Showcase
Learn more about this year's candidates for the Toastmasters International Board of Directors. Watch videos of the International Officer and Director candidates as they address questions submitted by current and past Toastmasters leaders.
10:00–11:30 a.m. – Semifinals Round 3
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®.
2:00–2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Speaker Showcase
Engage with three of our education speakers for a live Q&A session. Please check back for more information on which speakers will be live at this time.
6–7:30 p.m. – Semifinals Round 4
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®.
8–10:00 p.m. – Sing-Along
Join Past International President, Ted Corcoran, DTM, for a good old-fashioned sing-along. Attendees from all over the world come together at the end of the day to entertain by singing, reciting a poem, or playing a musical instrument.

To sign up to be a performer at the Sing-Along, please click here and fill out the required form. If you have any issues with the form, please email meetingplanning@toastmasters.org for assistance.
10–10:30 a.m. – Concurrent Speaker Showcase
Engage with three of our education speakers for a live Q&A session. Please check back for more information on which speakers will be live at this time.
12:30–1:30 p.m. – Golden Gavel
The Golden Gavel is Toastmasters International’s most prestigious award, given annually since 1959, honoring an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership. Watch as we recognize and listen to an address by the 2020 Golden Gavel recipient.
1:30–2 p.m.– Golden Gavel Speaker Showcase
Connect live with the 2020 Golden Gavel recipient.
4:30–5 p.m. – Speaker Showcase
Engage with three of our education speakers for a live Q&A session. Please check back for more information on which speakers will be live at this time.
6–7:30 p.m. – Hall of Fame
Join as we celebrate the successes of Distinguished Districts and individual member’s accomplishments for the 2019-2020 program year.
8–8:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase
Engage with three of our education speakers for a live Q&A session. Please check back for more information on which speakers will be live at this time.
9:30–11:00 a.m. – Accredited Speaker Program
Watch as candidates for the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation give their final presentation before the judges.
11:15–11:45 a.m. – Speaker Showcase
Engage with three of our education speakers for a live Q&A session. Please check back for more information on which speakers will be live at this time.
12–4 p.m. – Annual Business Meeting
Your vote counts! Elect 2020-2021 international officers and directors and vote on important issues that guide the future of our organization.
2–4:30 p.m. – World Championship of Public Speaking®
Experience the thrill as eight finalists compete to become the 2020 World Champion of Public Speaking®.
6–7:15 p.m. – Annual Business Meeting and President’s Inauguration
Hear the Annual Business Meeting results, as announced by International President, Deepak Menon, DTM; learn of the newly elected officers and directors, as they are officially installed into office.
TBD – Region Gatherings
Mingle with members from your region and celebrate the results of the Annual Business Meeting.
(Please visit your region website for more information on when your region gathering will take place and how to connect using the Zoom meeting platform.)

Please note: Agenda is not complete, more details coming soon!