2021 District 46 Virtual Spring Conference
Tools for Tomorrow

Friday April 30, 2021 – 6:00 to 7:00 PM until…

Saturday May 1, 2021 – 10:00 AM to Noon & 1:00 to 3:00 PM

As we spring into our next season of beauty and change, Toastmasters continues to evolve to reflect better who we are.

What tools do you need to plant the seeds that will allow your life’s garden to flourish? No need to run out and buy new garden tools. We have free tools that will be delivered virtually at your convenience in the comfort of your home. District 46 Spring Conference-themed Tools for Tomorrow promises to give you the tools you need to become a more confident public speaker and a stronger leader in every area of your life.

Pre-event social online on Friday, April 30th at 6:00 pm.

Chat and chill with a cool drink. Celebrate newcomers and new Distinguished Toastmasters. Then join fellow Toastmasters in Affinity Break Out Rooms (Corporate, Community, College, Specialty) to have courageous conversations about:

  • Why your members join and re-join

  • Why your members come to meetings

  • Why your members don’t come to meetings

  • Why your members stay

  • Why your members leave

Leave with tools that will help you rebuild, rebrand, and resurge from the pandemic!

  Friday’s Agenda
6:00 PM Welcome and Zoom Protocol
  First-Timers Cloud Burst Bonanza
6:10 PM Guess Who - DTM Baby Face Game
6:10 PM Name that Tool – Interactive Online Game
6:25 PM Affirming our Affinities - District 46 Clubs
6:30 PM Chat and Chill with Club Affinity Choice
7:00 PM Farewell Until the Brightness of Tomorrow
7:00 PM until After Party

Saturday, May 1st – Virtual sessions:
10:00 AM to Noon & 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Our featured speakers include:

  • First Vice President of Toastmasters International, Matt Kinsey, will empower you to have a presence in a virtual world and develop a personal post- pandemic success strategy.

  • Service above self, the motto of Rotarians, implies that both service and self are important. Rotarian Drew Kessler’s will share inspiring ideas, and extraordinary images from around the world set the stage for a day of learning and empowerment.

  • Attend Paddie Kennedy’s session and learn how to present your ideas so that listeners enthusiastically unwrap your unique message.

  • Fellow Toastmaster, Liza Andrews, will teach you how to become a DSTM (Digitally Savvy Toastmaster). Liza will teach you how to become photogenic and videogenic and break down psychological aspects that make you feel shy and self-conscious about your image.

  Saturday’s Agenda
10:00 AM Zoom Protocol
10:05 AM Welcome
10:10 AM District Welcome and Announcements
10:11 AM Gone But Never to Be Forgotten
10:20 AM Tools for Tomorrow Toastmasters Poll
10:25 AM Develop Your Personal Post-Pandemic Plan
10:35 AM Become a DSTM - Digitally Savvy Toastmaster
11:30 AM A Legacy of Service - Fireside Chat
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 PM Sing-a-Long - New York New York
1:05 PM Leadership, Education, Membership, and Recognition Ceremony
1:30 PM Give the Present of Your Presentation with Presence
2:30 PM Summary of Takeaways
2:38 PM Farewell until District Contest Tomorrow

Session 1: 10:25 AM — Matt Kinsey, DTM
Develop Your Personal Post-Pandemic Plan

Matt Kinsey

First Vice President of Toastmasters International, Matt Kinsey, DTM will guide you to develop a personal post- pandemic success plan. 

Matt will share tools to help you avoid: 

  • Oversimplify the issues 
  • Getting caught off guard 
  • Losing sight of your goals 

 Planning pays off before you take action, while you are taking action, and after you have taken action. Attend this reflective session to learn how to deal with the uncertainty of living in a post-pandemic world.

Session 2: 10:35 AM — Liza Andrews
Become a DSTM- Digitally Savvy Toastmaster

Liza Andrews

Our fellow Toastmaster, Liza Andrews, will teach you how to become a DSTM- Digitally Savvy Toastmaster and how to differentiate yourself and your club in our virtual reality. Liza will teach you how to become photogenic and videogenic and break down psychological aspects that make you feel shy and self-conscious about your image. 

Attend and become keenly aware of how to leverage the… 

  • Tools you already have 
  • Tools you can experiment with 
  • Tools you may want to buy 

Session 3: 11:30 AM — Drew Kessler & Scott Mason
A Legacy of Service – Fireside Chat

Drew Kessler
Scott Mason

Service above self, the motto of Rotarians, implies that both service and self are important. How do you strike a balance and prioritize between the two? Leaving a legacy of service is an important part of your life’s work. A man with a calling, Scott Mason, DL3, Inspirational Speaker, Podcast Host, and Consultant, will invigorate you as he moderates a fireside chat with Rotarian Drew Kessler. A Rotarian since 2001, Drew Kessler became the youngest president of the North Rockland Rotary club in their 91-year history at the age of 25. Learn how to create a legacy of service and how Rotaries and Toastmasters can join forces to make our world a better place. 

We invite you to join our fireside chat and learn to see your world through a new lens.  

  • Redefine your Leadership Style 
  • Develop a Legacy Driven Mindset 

Consider Applying Toastmasters skills to Rotary’s Many Projects 

Session 4: 1:30 PM — Paddy Kennedy
Give the Present of Your Presentation with Presence

Paddy Kennedy

Are online meetings becoming mundane instead of knocking the socks off your feet? Zoom fatigue is real!  Moreover, the pains of the pandemic are heightened by social unrest. Now more than ever, your speech must be a “gift” that others want to receive. Memorable speakers communicate with kindness, civility, and empathy. Attend Paddy Kennedy’s session, and learn how to present your ideas so that listeners enthusiastically unwrap your unique message. Paddy will share tools to help you: 

  • Engage others with your WHY
  • Create frames of reference suitable for your audience
  • Navigate how people listen

Your powerful message, like the best tools, will last longer than a lifetime.

Living through a pandemic amidst social unrest is challenging. We miss human interaction as we knew it. The good news is that you can still enjoy the wonder of nature and use this period in history to reflect, resurge, rebuild, and remain relevant.

The motivation for winning, putting forth the effort, and improving one’s performance personify the tools required for success today and always. Remember, the best tools last longer than a lifetime.