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Make a World of Difference

Attendees are invited to learn, engage, and lead at this year’s online convention, which has been fine-tuned for 2021.

By Renée Covino


Toastmasters International 2021 Virtual Convention Logo Illustrating a Globe and Laptop. Make a world of difference.

AUGUST 23–28, 2021  |  REGISTER NOW


Last year marked a thrilling time in Toastmasters’ history—it was the first time the Toastmasters International Convention was held online. At a time when fellowship was most needed, the 2020 Virtual Convention brought together more than 59,000 registrants from 203 countries; nearly 90% of last year’s online convention-goers were first-time attendees. The online experience returns August 23-28, 2021. With the slogan “Make a World of Difference,” attendees are invited to make a difference in themselves individually and collectively through the featured education tracks, diverse education sessions, global networking opportunities, and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.




Get a sneak peek at the four education tracks and a highlighted session from each track below.


Track Descriptions


“Purple

Public Speaking/Stage Presence

Polish your speaking and stage presence skills using time-honored techniques, such as humor, powerful body language, and memorable storytelling. Make your presentation stand out, whether to a small or large group, online or in person. You’ll also learn what not to do when presenting. This track will help you elevate the energy in the room so you can more effectively deliver your message—and have fun while doing it!


“Yellow

Dynamic Communication

Powerful communication capabilities can make an exceptional difference in life. Learn proven strategies to become a more persuasive speaker; find out how to bridge the communication gap between generations; and hear from an industry thought leader with in-depth experience in the area of unconscious bias. This track will leave you with new and necessary knowledge to make your interactions with others more enlightened and energetic.


“Green

Self-Improvement

Uncertain times bring the opportunity for greater self-improvement. Get valuable advice to prepare for your next job interview and learn more about the power of emotional intelligence. Hear from an expert panel on finding the balance to better practice self-care, and discover how to build your personal brand. This track focuses on what is often neglected and matters most in times of chaos: YOU. And your well-being.


“Orange

Leadership/Professional Development

You’re a professional who wants to power up your career and/or leadership skills. Learn the secret to giving great feedback; hear a panel of corporate professionals discuss how Toastmasters can advance careers; and discover how to lead. This track will re-energize you with the motivation and ambition to move forward on your professional path.

 


Highlighted Sessions from Each Track


“Purple

1 Public Speaking/Stage Presence Track Highlighted Session

Session: Laugh & Learn: The Magic Power of Humor

Moderator: Stephan Dyer, comedian, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker

Panelists:

  • Mark Brown, professional speaker, 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • Veronica Dangerfield, comedienne, financial educator, international speaker, and published poet
  • Andrew “Drew” Tarvin, engineer, author, and comedian

This panel mines the fundamental value of humor as an effective communication tool. Learn real-life, practical, and engaging methods to use humor often. because it’s important to all of us!


“Yellow

2 Dynamic Communication Track Highlighted Session

Session: The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias

Speaker: Pamela Fuller, MBA, thought leader, inclusion and bias professional, speaker, and author

Hear how your teams can achieve its highest performance rate once you start to overcome biases and allow people to fully engage with others, knowing that unconscious bias affects everyone.


“Green

3 Self-Improvement Track Highlighted Session

Session: Find the Balance: Work, Life, and Self-Care

Moderator: Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., Past International President of Toastmasters, AS, professional speaker, trainer, consultant and pastor

Speakers:

  • Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D., professor, adjunct clinical professor, and researcher
  • Mana K. Ali Carter, Ph.D., psychologist, adjunct professor, assistant professor, and researcher
  • Charles S. Gates, entrepreneur, coach, trainer, emcee, and transformational speaker

Take a front-row seat as a panel of psychologists and Toastmasters leaders discuss how to navigate a balance between work and life, using evidence-based strategies and anecdotal advice. The panelists will also talk through how best to practice self-care and gratitude.


“Orange

4 Leadership/Professional Development Track Highlighted Session

Session: Following a Leader Is Voluntary

Speaker: Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s president for 2022–23

Individuals make conscious, voluntary decisions to follow those they perceive as leaders. Hear Jennifer Jones share her extensive experience in leading and completing global initiatives with the support of volunteers. Learn how she effectively motivates a diverse team to accomplish a common goal.


The 2021 convention will feature all the event favorites, and a few surprises too. No need to pack a bag, just find your perfect spot and soak in the learning and camaraderie.


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