Press Release (ePRNews.com) - NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario - Oct 21, 2016 - District 86 Toastmasters, is holding it’s annual fall conference November 25 to November 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara. Over 300 members across the district to take part in workshops, watch speech contests, and be inspired by speakers such as Jim Key and Roger Caesar, two time semi finalist at the World Championships of Public Speaking. The theme of this years conference is Communication Matters.
“Communication matters because that is what we need in order to connect with the world, connect with other people. When we communicate well, we understand others better and we bring our messages across with ease and with pleasure.” – Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District Director District 86, 2016-2017
Niagara Falls is part of District 86 Toastmasters, which services Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario, and home to Two Toastmasters clubs as well as the 2012 – 2014 Region 6 International Director, Lori Lococo.
District 86 is honoured to have as keynote speaker 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking. Key comes from a background in computer technology, sports, music, leadership, and public speaking. After entering the world of Information Technologies in 1987, Jim developed an IT consulting practice, working with leaders and managers from national non-profit organizations, manufacturing companies, and service companies across the United States. Additionally, he has volunteered for many years in his community and church, working with children and teenagers in various capacities for 20+ years.
Jim’s volunteerism and information technologies background converged in 1996, as he brought much needed automation to a national youth development program. His efforts led to an invited position of serving 6 years on the national steering committee for this youth program, and to a cutting edge computerized solution that is still in use today. Additionally, participation in the program more than quadrupled during those 6 years of Jim’s influence and involvement.
Simply put, Jim is a difference maker. He believes in pursuing excellence unapologetically, and without reservation. This passion for excellence enabled and drove him to become an award-winning speaker. Reaching the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking an unprecedented three consecutive times, Jim set an unparalleled mark for continued presentation excellence on his way to becoming the 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of communications at West Coast Bible College and Seminary.
Though Jim speaks to a variety of audiences, he always speaks from his heart directly to the hearts of the audience members. His presentations include examples to which everyone can relate, as he blends everyday humour with messages of gravitas to produce programs that yield results. You can expect his uplifting message to inspire your people to higher levels of achievement in your organization.
On a personal note, Jim is a devoted husband and father. He has three children: Jay (30), Michael (26), and Veronica (19). He has been very active in coaching soccer, baseball, and basketball with kids in the YMCA sports program.
Jim Key will enlighten hundreds of Toastmasters Saturday at 7:45 am with his speech titled Hitting the Mark:The Quest for Excellence. Key will speak again on Sunday at 8:30 am with his speech titled Refusing Mediocrity: The Benefits of Being A Rebel. The 2016 fall conference will also see Toastmasters compete in the District Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest from across the ten divisions in District 86. Contestants have won at their club, area, and division level and vie to be District Champion. The Humorous speech contest is on Saturday November 26, starting at 1:15 pm, with the Table Topics contest on Sunday November 27, beginning at 10am.
About Toastmasters District 86
Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario comprising of 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Sault Ste Marie in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east – and all communities in between – except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://toastmasters86.org/
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.
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