2020 Toastmasters International Virtual Convention Semifinals
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AUGUST 24–29, 2020


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Start here – Welcome Message
Tune in at your leisure on your computer or mobile device for a pre-recorded warm welcome from Toastmasters International President, Deepak Menon, DTM. Explore the virtual convention agenda, leave a note on the social wall, watch an On Demand education session, and 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 education 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.

Please visit danclark.com to claim your free book from Keynote Speaker, Dan Clark.



7:30–8 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Showcase: Dan Clark
Be sure to check out the Speaker Showcase (now at 7:30 p.m. GMT) where you can participate in a Q&A session with Keynote Speaker Dan Clark. This session is first come, first served, so please arrive early.
8:30–10:30 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.

The Sing-Along is also still on! Join us at 8:30 p.m. GMT for this fun and interactive experience.
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.
Please note that the Semifinal Contest 1 will now begin at 11 a.m. GMT.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Semifinals Contest 1
Cheer on contestants as they compete for a chance to proceed to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. Each contestant will present an original five- to seven- minute speech and be judged by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. Learn more about the International Speech Contest Semifinals. If you want to follow along by scoring each contestant, download the fillable Semifinal 1 Speech Contest Guide.

Contestants are:
Cyril Junior Dim, District 108
Kitty Brandal, District 10
Mario Lewis, District 46
Mike Carr, District 55
Benjamin Wayo, District 94
Travis Dent, District 77
Kin Ng, District 80

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. – Semifinal Contest 2
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®
Cheer on contestants as they compete for a chance to proceed to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. Each contestant will present an original five- to seven- minute speech and be judged by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. Learn more about the International Speech Contest Semifinals. If you want to follow along by scoring each contestant, download the fillable Semifinal 2 Speech Contest Guide.

Contestants are:
Akili E. Atkinson, District 56
Josef Victor Chiongbian, District 75
Lauren D. Merritt-Taylor, District 36
Lindy MacLaine, District 32
Mark Tannen, District 90
Maureen Zappala, District 115
Kenny Ray Morgan, District 6

8 a.m.– 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.
Learn more about this year's candidates for the Toastmasters International Board of Directors. Click here to watch videos.

Download the 2020 Candidate Brochure
10:00–11:30 a.m. – Semifinal Contest 3
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®
Cheer on contestants as they compete for a chance to proceed to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. Each contestant will present an original five- to seven- minute speech and be judged by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. Learn more about the International Speech Contest Semifinals. If you want to follow along by scoring each contestant, download the fillable Semifinal 3 Speech Contest Guide.

Contestants are:
Peter Karagianakis, District 109
Ash Banaszek, District 24
Fursey Gotuaco, District 25
Mas Mahathir bin Mohamad, District 51
Sherwood Jones, District 50
Kwong Yue Yang, District 118
Carrie Verrocchio (CarrieVee), District 65

2:00–2:30 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Katie Rigsby
Engage with Katie Rigsby, the region 5 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her session entitled, “Stimulated Not Stir Crazy: How to Stay Motivated While Living in Uncertainty.”
2:00–2:30 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Dawn Frail
Engage with Dawn Frail, the region 6 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her session entitled, “The 8-Carat Communicator.”
2:00–2:30 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Chris Thompson
Engage with Chris Thompson, the region 4 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his session entitled, “Influencer is a Verb.”
6–7:30 p.m. – Semifinal Contest 4
Cheer on our talented Semifinal contestants in their quest to become a finalist in The World Championship of Public Speaking®
Cheer on contestants as they compete for a chance to proceed to the World Championship of Public Speaking®. Each contestant will present an original five- to seven- minute speech and be judged by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. Learn more about the International Speech Contest Semifinals. If you want to follow along by scoring each contestant, download the fillable Semifinal 4 Speech Contest Guide.

Contestants are:
Kimberly Horne, District 40
Amy Davidson, District 112
Linda-Marie Miller, District 37
Stefano Cossalter, District 21
Sameer Mohamed Karama Al Jaberi, District 105
Errol Leandre, District 47
Aaron Samson, District 4

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. Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
10–10:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Dineshrie Pillay
Engage with Dineshrie Pillay, region 11 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her presentation entitled, “Humanity will Rise as a Force, Stronger than a Disease.”
10–10:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Saveen Hegde
Engage with Saveen Hegde, region 13 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “Design Thinking - A Way of Life.”
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 the 2020 Golden Gavel Award recipient, Julian Treasure, and listen to his presentation entitled, "The Secrets of Listening."

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1:30–2 p.m.– Golden Gavel Speaker Showcase
Connect with our Golden Gavel Award Recipient Julian Treasure for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, "The Secrets of Listening." Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
2:30–3 p.m.– Finalist Showcase
Learn more about the eight finalists competing in the World Championship of Public Speaking®. The session will begin with a short interview and conclude with questions from the audience, if time permits. Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
4:30–5 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Angela Barrus, DTM
Engage with Angela Barrus, DTM, region 1 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her presentation entitled, “ ‘I See You’ Leadership.”
4:30–5 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Ellie Kay
Engage with Ellie Kay, region 2 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her presentation entitled, “The Five Relationships Every Toastmaster Needs.”
4:30–5 p.m. – Speaker Showcase: Bob Mason
Engage with Bob Mason, region 3 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “The Art of Not Motivating.”
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. View the program to see a list of Hall of Fame honorees.

8–8:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Simon Bucknall
Engage with Simon Bucknall, the region 10 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his session entitled, “The Art of the Elevator Pitch.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
8–8:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Kingi Biddle
Engage with Kingi Biddle, the region 12 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “The Messenger.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
8–8:30 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Suhail Nasir
Engage with Suhail Nasir, the region 14 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “Win Hearts with Humor.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
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. Visit the Accredited Speaker page to learn more about becoming an Accredited Speaker or to find an Accredited Speaker for an upcoming event. View a full list of all Toastmasters who have earned the Accredited Speaker designation here.

11:15–11:45 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Kelly Swanson
Engage with Kelly Swanson, the region 7 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about her presentation entitled, “The Power of Story.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
11:15–11:45 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: Richard Hardon
Engage with Richard Hardon, the region 8 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “Move Them Without Seeing Them.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
11:15–11:45 a.m. – Speaker Showcase: John Bowe
Engage with John Bowe, the region 9 education speaker, for a live Q&A session. Ask questions about his presentation entitled, “I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection.” Use this Zoom link to join. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
12–4 p.m. – Annual Business Meeting (By Invitation Only)
Your vote counts! Elect 2020-2021 international officers and directors and vote on important issues that guide the future of our organization.

Voting Delegates: You were sent a unique link for a Zoom webinar via email so that you can participate in the live meeting. If you did not receive this link, please email proxyinfo@toastmasters.org.

Non-voting members and guests: To view the Annual Business Meeting, which aired August 28th at 12 p.m. GMT, click here.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Personal Growth Opportunities: Rotary’s Alliance with Toastmasters, Part 2

Rotary and Toastmasters have a mutually beneficial relationship that connects and transforms individuals through leadership, service, and personal growth. In this session, you’ll learn more and hear from members who are actively involved. Use this Zoom link to join us for Part 2 of this informative discussion. Capacity is limited, please arrive early. If you missed Part 1, which took place at the Rotary 2020 Virtual Convention in June, please use this link to view that session.

Moderator:
Richard E. Peck, DTM, 2020-2021 Toastmasters International President

Panelists:
Holger Knaack, 2020-2021 Rotary International President
Terry Beard
Beverly A. Soltwedel, DTM

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what the alliance is about
  • Understand different ways they can benefit from being involved in both organizations
  • Identify opportunities to grow personally and professionally
12:30 p.m.– Sponsor Spotlight: Darren LaCroix's Stage Time University
Join 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking Darren LaCroix and 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking Mark Brown to discover the 3 critical essentials public speakers need to give UNFORGETTABLE presentations. Join this winning duo’s live presentation and Q&A session here. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
1 p.m.– Sponsor Spotlight: Pres Says
2013 World Champion of Public Speaking Pres Vasilev will share how his award-winning public speaking and storytelling virtual training program How to Master Compelling Storytelling will take your speeches, stories and public speaking skills to the next level! Join this engaging live presentation and Q&A session here. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
1:30 p.m.– Sponsor Spotlight: Speeko
Nico Aguilar, co-founder of the top-rated public speaking app, will demonstrate how Speeko will help you and members in your District discover all the tools that you need to become a confident and effective communicator. Tune in for this interactive live demonstration and Q&A session here. Capacity is limited, please arrive early.
2 p.m.– World Championship of Public Speaking®
Experience the thrill as eight finalists compete to become the 2020 World Champion of Public Speaking. View a full list of all World Champions here. If you would like to follow along during the contest, download the World Championship of Public Speaking Contest Guide.

The 2020 World Championship of Public Speaking Contestants are:
Aaron Samson, District 4
Lindy MacLaine, District 32
Linda-Marie Miller, District 37
Benjamin Wayo, District 94
Sherwood Jones, District 50
Maureen Zappala, District 115
Mike Carr, District 55
Kwong Yue Yang, District 118

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4 p.m. – World Championship of Public Speaking®: The Grand Finale
See the 2020 World Champion emerge; tune in for the announcement of winners. This includes the results of the Accredited Speaker Program and the Video Speech Contest.

Watch here
5 p.m. – World Championship of Public Speaking®: Speakers Showcase
Join International President-Elect Richard E. Peck, DTM, for a meet-and-greet with the top three winners on Zoom. Hear the 2020 World Champion share acknowledgments; take the opportunity to ask questions of all the winners. Capacity is limited, please join early here.
9–10:15 p.m. – Annual Business Meeting Results and President’s Inauguration
The Annual Business Meeting results will be announced by International President, Deepak Menon, DTM and newly elected officers and directors are officially installed into office.

Voting Delegates: You were sent a unique link for a Zoom webinar via email so that you can participate in the live meeting. If you did not receive this link, please email proxyinfo@toastmasters.org.

Non-voting members and guests:The Annual Business Meeting Results and President's Inauguration will be live-streamed to YouTube. Please use the following link to watch live starting August 29 at 9 p.m. GMT. Click here
TBD – Region Gatherings
(Please visit your regions Facebook page for more information on when your region gathering will take place and how to connect using the Zoom meeting platform.)

Thank you to our exhibitors for their support!

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