District 55 Fall 2014 Conference
NOTE: All info on Education Sessions and Keynote Address is tentative and subject to change.
Keynote Speaker - Friday
"The Message is YOU!"
For more than 25 years, Jim has dazzled audiences with his warm blend of humor, real-life experiences, and practical information. He strongly believes that there is no one correct way to speak, but to speak your way correctly.
Every one of us would like to be our best in front of any audience. What holds us back? Fear holds us back. Instead of being our natural, likeable selves, many speakers morph into another person who is all too careful and PowerPoint-dependent; one who tries desperately to be “perfect” and not make a “mistake.” Jim’s talk is designed to free audiences from fear and help them use their individuality and personal stories to make themselves and their key points memorable.
Jim demonstrates how our own natural resources — eye contact, body language, passion and humor — form a powerful connection with an audience. Jim’s interactive and entertaining presentation has one goal: to keep you “in your” presentation and make your message personal, powerful, and unforgettable.
Jim honed his speaking skills as an actor in New York and speech coach for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. He appeared on seven quiz shows including Jeopardy, wrote jokes for Joan Rivers and Bob Hope, and authored articles for the New York Times and Washington Post. His book, “How to Survive a Roommate,” landed him on the Today Show.
After 30 years in New York, his life took a sudden detour in 1996 when he moved back to Texas to begin a life-changing, 14-year journey of caregiving for his parents. From this experience came his book, “When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents,” and his keynote, “The Joys and Jolts of Caregiving”.
Jim has been a loyal and entertaining Toastmaster since 2005 and is a member of Balcones Toastmasters.
Keynote Speaker - Saturday Breakfast
Thom Singer, CSP
“Connecting with People in a Social Media Crazy World”
Join your fellow Toastmasters for the Saturday morning opening session. Thom Singer will kick off the day with his keynote “Connecting With People In A Social Media Crazy World.” Singer has presented to 400 plus audiences as a professional speaker.
Sharing his multitude of experience as a trainer, consultant, and the author of ten books, he will discuss many of his networking strategies and how to enhance your business relationships.
All business is personal, but it takes time to establish meaningful connections. If you are not top of mind, then your competition gets the call for the next piece of business.
The quest for more productivity pushes us to increasingly use social media tools to interact with others. With these ever-evolving changes in how we communicate, are we really better connected?
While social media tools are great, it can remove the personal side of a relationship. Thom will take us on a journey of exploration about how we can maximize our online brand and reputation in a social media crazy world.
Thom Singer has authored ten books on the power of business relationships, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks to corporate, law firms, and convention audiences. He sets the tone for better engagement at industry events as the opening keynote speaker or the Master of Ceremonies.
Thom has been a dedicated Toastmaster since 1992 and is a member of the West Austin II Club.
Keynote Speaker - Saturday Evening
As strange as it sounds, very few of the current generation of professional speakers and presenters understand speeches or presentations at a fundamental level. Their tool-centric approach confuses the speech and the tools that are used to deliver it.
Vikas Jhingran has seen his life and career transformed by his ability to communicate effectively. In EMOTE, Vikas combines his research and analytical background with his expert skill in public speaking to present an emotion-based approach that will change the way you think about verbal communications. This speech will help you gain the confidence to stand in the spotlight and truly wow clients, executives, and others.
Vikas Jhingran is a speaker, author, and engineer. Although he is an MIT trained engineer and researcher, Vikas suffered from very poor speaking skills. This was due in large part to being an introvert and an immigrant. He studied public speaking to improve in this area and eventually won the Toastmasters 2007 World Championship of Public Speaking. He is the first citizen of an Asian country to have won this coveted trophy.
Today, Vikas manages a team of engineers at Shell Oil Company. He uses his leadership and communication skills to help deliver large projects. At Shell and outside his work, Vikas continues to impact people using his unique, emotion-driven approach to speaking.
He published his first book, EMOTE: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable, earlier this year. His articles on leadership and communications have been published in the Huffington Post, Business News Daily, and several online blogs.