13 Things that Dazzled Me at the Conference
I attended the Dazzle Toastmasters Conference 11/3/2017 and 11/4/2017. The winner of the humor contest was chosen (and you missed it, hah, hah!). In an effort to continue the humor, please read my take on the events of the weekend.
I thought the theme DAZZLE meant to shine brightly; but once I got there I realize it meant:
Elders or was it Elves? Elder Elves?
Below are some other things I learned:
- Joe Davis is a very good salesperson. He should consider this as his next job choice. I also hear Beth Reed gives good financial advice from behind the cash register.
- John Labbe should do stand up. Ask him about the tongue twister.
- Some sessions are better than others. When the presenter has to dress like a clown, a puppy or anything other than themselves, well, it might not be the best session. At least not for some people—that means me!
- If it’s got famous speakers or sports stars in it, well that’s a different story. Think about it this way—if they are already well known, have a very successful business, or won awards for their previous sports activities, they understand hard work and how to make their dreams come true. Check these sessions out! The lesson from 3 and 4–you just never know.
- Kevin is decidedly interested in keeping the club traversing down the right “pathway”. I’m sure that’s true because he attended a session on the new Pathways Program. Ask him about it.
- You can’t judge a speaker by his/her karaoke skills. It might just be bad judgment or a whiskey sour gone wrong that gets them to sing a Whitney Houston song badly. That sound you heard in the background, of a dog in heat, was me howling at every sour note.
- People who are not in Toastmasters but engage you in the bar—don’t get it—so don’t get into it with them.
- Conference food is like airplane food. It’s over-promised and under-delivered. Meaning the hotel makes it sound delicious so the price is palatable and then delivers fewer plates than promised in an effort to save money. This ultimately requires some people to eat a different meal or to eat after everyone else. I’m sure that’s why we had one speaker talking about her “happy pants” because damn it, those unfortunate few had to tighten their belts and bear it.
- Don’t judge a conference by your previous conference—it’s like comparing lovers. Each one should be appreciated based on its (I’m referring to the lover here) own merits.
- James has a new toupee, err I mean manatee, no I mean mentee.
- James’s new mentee is named Jin (no, not that kind of Gin!)— It’s pronounced Jean.
- Not everyone will agree if a speaker was good, the food was tasty or the convention rocked—but most if not all will agree that they had a good time, learned something new, and did some great networking. Hope to see everyone at the next conference.
- You will love all the conference related content coming your way in the next month! That’s a truism.