District 7 Spring Conference: Your Road to Extraordinary

May 5th and 6th, 2017


How to Rock a TED Talk - Preconference Event

Friday – Preconference – 6 PM to 9 PM

Learn the secrets behind TED Talks and how you can get booked to give one.

  • 6:00 PM – Hearty appetizers, no host bar, and networking
  • 7:00 PM – Program Begins


Oregon Medical Association
11740 SW 68th Pkwy #100, Portland OR

Saturday - Conference - 7 AM - 6 PM

Keynote: How to Rock it Like a TED Talk!

Learn the distinct differences between presentations and TED Talks and how to use those differences in your presentations.

Events Include:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Contests
  • Business Meeting
  • District Elections
  • Networking
  • … and Much More

$65 (general admission)

Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville OR 97070


7:00 – 8:00am
Registration, Networking, Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15am

8:15 – 9:15am
Cathey Armillas Keynote

9:15 – 9:30am

9:30 – 10:30am
Breakout Sessions (3)

10:30 – 10:45am

10:45 – Noon
Speech Evaluation Contest

Noon – 12:20pm
DTM Ceremony

12:20 – 1:00pm

1:00 – 2:30pm
District Council Meeting

2:30 – 2:45pm


2:45 – 3:45pm

Breakout Sessions (2)

3:45 – 4:15pm


4:15 – 6:15pm

International Speech Contest


Closing Comments

Breakout Sessions – 9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Harrington Hall
Adele O’Neal
Pathways, the New Path to Success in Toastmasters

Room 208

Roger Courville

Rock Your Webinars

Room 205

Susan Bender Phelps

Dynamic Networking: Grow Your Career, Grow Your Business

Breakout Sessions – 2:45 -3:45 PM

Room 208

Le and Ann Snelling

The Power of Engagement

Room 205
Joe Anthony

How to Structure Powerful Stories form the Foundation Up

Keynote: How to Rock it Like a TED Talk!

BIO//Cathey Armillas

Cathey Armillas is an international speaker, marketing expert and TED Talk trainer who wrote an award-winning book The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways to Get People to Love You, on how good business and marketing is all about getting people to love you.

Cathey is also the creator of the program How to Rock a TED Talk and organizer for TEDxPortland (one of the largest TEDx events in the world) and TEDxCalabar in Nigeria.

She has given a TEDx Talk herself and coaches speakers from celebrities to teams at Fortune 100 companies to industry experts and people with great ideas deliver the best presentations of their lives.

Cathey has been a Toastmaster since 2003 and is a PDG and 3-time DTM. She is also a member of the National Speaker’s Association.

Pathways, the New Path To Success in Toastmasters!

Here are the three bullets of what the audience will learn:

  • What is Pathways and why was it created?
  • Why will Pathways be valuable to you?
  • When will it be available?

Adele O’Neal, DTM, has been in Toastmasters since 1991. During that time, she has served in almost every office at the club level. Learning more about leadership and building her confidence through the Toastmaster program, she was excited to serve District 7 in many different ways, as contest chair, chief judge, Capitol Division Governor and the top three, culminating with the 2002-2003 Toastmaster year, as District Governor.

She also served Toastmasters International as Region 2 Advisor during 2011-2012. Most recently, she is serving as D7 Chief Ambassador to help get the word out about Pathways, the new education program for Toastmasters. She is currently a member of two clubs, Toasting Excellence, and Liberty Toastmasters, both in Salem. She works for the State of Oregon as a Recruiter and Coach, using her Toastmaster skills to help people achieve their career goals.

Rock Your Webinars

Roger Courville Bio:

Roger Courville, CSP, is a 17-year veteran of the conferencing industry, author of multiple books about webinars, and the Chief Content Officer at EventBuilder. He’s been called “the Michael Jordan of online events,” has won awards for both writing and speaking, and he plays guitar rather badly. Learn more about him and his team at www.eventbuilder.rocks.

Don’t be one of “those” webinar presenters:

In a short-attention-span culture, engaging a webinar audience gives presenters a new challenge.  If your goal is to cut through the noise with a message, and it’s not good enough to have them “show up, but not from neck up.”

Fortunately getting and keeping attention in your webinar presentation doesn’t have to be a mystery. Join webinar expert and author Roger Courville, CSP for an energetic jumpstart to rocking your virtual stages.

Attend this live, interactive webinar to learn:

  • The three worst online presentation mistakes and how to avoid them
  • A simple three-step process for adapting your on-stage presentation to the virtual stage
  • The most difficult situation you’ll handle and what to do about it

Dynamic Networking: Grow Your Career, Grow Your Business

Susan Bender Phelps

3 bullets of what the audience will gain from the your session/workshop

  • The Secrets of Powerful Networking
  • Better Than An Elevator Speech
  • Generate 50 Leads A Week

There’s more to networking than calling everyone you know when you need a job. Networking is about serving your customers and colleagues, attracting new business, having valuable resources at your finger-tips, and having fun while you do it. You will leave this session with practical and effective tips you can begin using before you leave the Spring Conference.


Susan Bender Phelps is the networking expert who can help you broaden your network, increase your business and advance your career. She is the founder and lead trainer of Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership. She’s also President of Toastmasters for Speaking Professionals. In April of 2013, she won the District 7 Evaluation Contest. She coaches speakers, presenters, entrepreneurs, and sales teams to deliver dynamic presentations and breakthrough results. Her book, Aspire Higher, is a collection of true success stories of career and business mentoring. Susan has a bachelor’s in Communication and a master’s in Management & Organizational Leadership.

The Power of Engagement

Le and Ann Snelling


In a world gone crazy for non-personal interaction via email, social media, and texting, there is no substitute for one-on-one interpersonal skills. Face-to-face interaction is one of the most basic and dynamic ways to energize a client, a co-worker, an employee, a bureaucrat, or help to grow your toastmaster club. Call this skill set F2F (face-to-face), mingling, pressing the flesh, or whatever you like; it can mean the difference between success and failure, employment or unemployment,  club growth or stagnation.

This is a fun, fast-paced, interactive workshop. Opportunities will be provided to practice the strategies you learn in a safe and supportive environment.


  1. Understand the ‘why’ of F2F interaction.
  2. Improve confidence in your interpersonal skills.
  3. Learn simple strategies for F2F success.


Le & Ann Snelling share the stage in a unique reparteé style. Le is a bottom-line guy, a visionary, and in-the-moment creative person.  He delights in leading the interaction portions of the workshops, utilizing his skills of quick thinking and providing in-depth comments and evaluations.

Ann’s style can be be described as a skilled and gracious motivator.  She is a conference speaker, trainer, former faculty member of Willamette University and distinguished district leader in Toastmasters International.  

Together the Snellings have been part of the toastmaster program for 27 years. They have served District 7 at the club and district levels.

Le and Ann both graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 1974.  Le and Ann own a business called Revolutionary Persuasion, dedicated to helping policy wonks, politicians, and pundits learn to speak with truth and passion.

They have been married for 44 years and reside in the Silverton, Oregon.

How To Structure Powerful Stories From The Foundation Up


Joe Anthony is a charter member of the Storymasters Toastmasters club and is a storytelling super-nerd. He placed 2nd in the 2014 Willamette Writer’s fiction contest, and has published articles about plot deconstruction with Moviepilot.com entitled “Retired Obi-Wan Was A Killing Machine” and “5 Reasons Plot Twists Are Plot Poison”. This year he is serving as the director for Sunset Division.

1) We will discuss renown stories and speeches and break down their introductions to determine when a good story should begin and end.

2) As a group we will explore sense-based descriptions of characters so that we may more efficiently cement them in the minds of our audience.

3) We will attempt to identify the basic narrative structure most stories conform to, and apply that structure to our own stories and speeches.

To summarize: We will define and deconstruct the basic storytelling elements we instinctively expect, so that we may better deliver dynamic stories to our audience.


Friday Event:

Oregon Medical Association
11740 SW 68th Pkwy #100, Portland OR

Saturday Conference:

Al Kader Shrine Center
25100 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville OR 97070


Oregon Medical Association - Friday Event

Al Kader Shrine Center