Dana LaMon

Take a Chance: Realize the Greatness with Which You Were Born

Dana LaMon

1992 World Champion Public Speaking

Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker

Friday April 26th

Join us at 6:30 PM at the Oregon Medical Association

(11782 SW 68th Ave, Portland)

Hearty Appetizers and No Host Bar

 

Keynote Dana LaMon

Take a Chance

Saturday April 27th

Join us starting at 7:00 AM at Camp Withycombe

(15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas)

Breakout Sessions
Election of District 7 Officers
District Evaluation Contest
District International Speech Contest
Breakfast and Lunch


Keynote – Dana LaMon

Untying Your Dreams: Realize Your Full Potential

1992 World Champion Public Speaking

Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker

Dana LaMon

Dana LaMon

1992 World Champion Public Speaking

 

Dana LaMon - Friday Night

Take a Chance

Within each of us is planted the seed of greatness. It is a potential that is worth more than the jackpot that you might win from a slot machine. Sadly, many people are more willing to try their luck in a gambling casino rather than to take a chance on themselves. If you are not willing to take a chance on yourself, you are not likely to realize the greatness with which you were born.

Growth, whether personal or business, requires a push out into an area not previously occupied. Three barriers that can keep us from making the push and stop us from taking a chance and creating our growth opportunities are:

  • Fear. Learn to FACE the fears that prevent you from taking a chance. The first step is to find out what it is that you fear.
  • Comfort. Know when to act, and do not let comfort stop you from taking a chance. You have to be willing to break out of your present routine in order to move into new territory.
  • Indifference. Develop and maintain sources for revitalizing your enthusiasm and replenishing your energy so that indifference does not stunt your growth. You must keep moving forward even after experiencing losses.

Dana Lemon - Saturday Keynote

Untying Your Dreams

Imagine what you could do and the contributions you could make if you lived your full potential. You have the power to determine the course of your life and to make a difference in the lives of others. However, your potential cannot be realized if

(1) You are NOT clearly defined

(2) You are NOT living on purpose

(3) You are NOT self-confident

(4) You are NOT in control.

Dana LaMon offers information and inspiration to help you untie the NOTs that limit your imagination and thwart your potential.

Phil Bernstein

Phil Bernstein

Branding Your Business and Yourself in the New Economy

Phil has been generating strong marketing results for local companies since 1995. He’s worked with hundreds businesses and executives throughout the Portland/Vancouver area, and in 36 states — using radio, television, print, social media, and other digital tools to help clients tell their stories, find more customers, and make more sales. His advice is media-agnostic — you’ll be able to put to work in any broadcast, print, outdoor or online environment.

Every day, local businesses are advertising, salespeople are pitching, and job-seekers are trying to get in front of hiring managers. Often, their efforts fall flat. Whether you’re promoting your company or yourself, there are steps you can take to make sure you deliver your message properly.

In today’s session, you’ll learn:

  • What your pitch should really be about. Hint: It’s not you.
  • The real reason your prospects don’t respond…and what to do about it.
  • The most common mistake people make on social media, and how to fix it. Taking this step makes sure you get the benefit of your efforts.
Karla Erovick

Karla Erovick

3 Biggest Social Media Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Karla brings 20 years of corporate marketing and communications expertise. As an experienced global traveler, Karla has lived and worked in Dubai, hiked the jungles of Panama and studied Spanish in Seville. She has written over 500 lifestyle articles for online and print publications ranging from local interest to international destinations.
She recently relocated from San Francisco back to the Willamette Valley where she is enjoying an immersion in all things Pinot Noir.

Publications she has written for include Oregon Wine Press, Frontier Airlines In-flight magazine, Napa Valley Life Magazine, JetsetExtra.com; Examiner.com, WineOh.tv, and a dating guide, Love to Date – Date to Love: Unlocking the Secrets of Dating.

Social media is THE place to be these days if you want to be found by your clients. But it can be frustrating to know what to share and how to share it. Copying someone else’s social media strategy just doesn’t work.

What is working today on social media is being AUTHENTIC. Customers are looking to connect with people they know, like, and trust, to do business with.

In this session, you will learn what social media mistakes to avoid that turn off your potential buyers and what to do instead.

Social media isn’t a one size fits all – when done properly, it highlights your unique offering in a way that is compelling to your target audience.
You don’t need an MBA in marketing communications to be “good” at social media, just a few proven strategies and tools.

You will learn:

  1. Which social media mistakes to avoid
  2. Creating content that is interesting to your audience
  3. What social media activities to add to your routine
  4. Why engagement is a game-changer
  5. Creating your weekly action plan
Mike Goss

Mike Goss

How to Tell the Stories that Change the World

This year’s District 7 Annual Conference is titled “Potential Unleashed!” We each have a desire to use our own potential, to make the world a better place.
Mike Goss is no exception. When he woke up in the intensive-care unit after a near-death experience, he knew he had to do something that helps you make a difference in the world. Mike chose storytelling as his primary tool. He applies storytelling to his speaking, training, coaching and leadership duties.

Within you are the seeds of greatness to change the world. Learn to inspire and motivate others, with your stories. What You’ll Learn in This Transformational Session:

  1. How to size up your audience, to deliver a story that matters to them.
  2. How to design a story whose hero is someone your audience wants to adopt and take home.
  3. How to deliver your story in a way that captures your audience’s attention, takes them on a perilous journey, and delivers them to a better place.

This is a practical session, not a theoretical one. Do not attend if your interest is to debate which storytelling style you believe is best. Do attend this session if you want to leave with new skills you can use to inspire and motivate others.

Bill Hernandez

Bill Hernandez

Presenting Your Best Self on Camera

For the past 23 years I have been a video producer at Nike. Besides filming Nike executives and employees I have been fortunate enough to have filmed the worlds greatest ahtletes. Before Nike I worked as a TV news and magazine videographer here in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Wichita and Tucson.

People attending this session will gain valuable tips on how to prepare and present yourself in front of the camera. Whether you are a video blogger or preparing for a SKYPE interview video can open many doors in your life and career.

In this session you will learn:

  • What does and doesn’t work well on camera
  • The steps to take long before the camera starts recording
  • How to be comfortable once the red light is on
  • How to market your new found skills
Robert Killen

Robert Killen

Leading with Civility in a World of Hate

Many of you will know our presenter, Robert Killen. Robert is a past D7 Toastmaster who represented the District in the finals of the 2007 World Championship of Public Speaking. But even before Toastmasters he was a student of communication. Robert has enjoyed an impressively varied career encompassing art, finance, management and more, where he has focused on how images, numbers, and words all tell stories.

The greatest threat we face is not from foreign lands. It is the supreme arrogance of unquestionable rightness which threatens to tear us apart from within.

We live in a society which has allowed civil dialog to be replaced by vitriol and demonization. No one demographic can be blamed and it will take all of us to address it.

Expect to be challenged in this interactive workshop. The pervasive nature of the problem requires that we deeply consider our own convictions and open ourselves to new understanding about human communication. This session will delve into many compelling themes including:

  • The broken and caustic nature of cultural communication.
  • Communication methodologies that can fix it.
  • Your opportunity as an ‘unleashed’ communication leader.
PJ Kleffner

PJ Kleffner

Be a STAR in Job Interviews

PJ Kleffner joined Toastmasters in October, 2001, and earned his DTM in 2009. He is the
founding president of his home club, Babble-On Toastmasters.

PJ has a B.S. in Business and Management and retired in 2016 after 40+ years in the high-tech industry. While at Tektronix, he was trained in Behavioral Interviewing Techniques, which is the basis for this session

When equally qualified candidates compete for a job, the one with superior communication skills will have a definite advantage. Working the Toastmasters program is a great start, but job interviews present some unique challenges.

This session will start with a brief overview of behavioral interview techniques, then participants will practice answering typical interview questions in small breakout groups.

Participants will:

  • Learn the purpose of behavioral interviews.
  • Use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Results) to answer questions.
  • Receive immediate feedback on your responses
Dana LaMon

Dana LaMon

The Dream of a Champion

Dana joined Toastmasters in 1988 with the goal to improve his ability to use humor and gestures in his public speaking. His goals were soon revised when he witnessed District 33’s International Speech Contest in 1989. He entered the contest in 1990, after being a Toastmaster for two years. In that year he placed third in the District. In 1991, Dana placed second in the World Championship of Public Speaking, held in Atlanta, Georgia..

Dana LaMon earned the distinction of World Champion of Public Speaking in 1992 with his speech titled “Take a Chance.” In this award-winning presentation, he offers ways to get passed the barriers of fear, comfort, and indifference that keep us from winning the jackpot from within.

In 1993, Toastmasters added to Dana’s honors the Accredited Speaker designation, an accolade given to a Toastmaster who demonstrates professionalism in speaking. Since the beginning of the Accredited Speaker program in 1981, fewer than seventy Toastmasters have earned the award. Dana is the first of two Toastmasters who have become both World Champion of Public Speaking and Accredited Speaker.

In this session you will:

  1. Learn how to get started on making your dream of becoming a world champion come true
  2. Learn how becoming an Accredited Speaker can boost your career
  3. Get your questions answered
Marv Serhan

Marv Serhan

Going from Vision to Victory; Leading with Honor, following with conviction

Marv is currently the president of Professionally Speaking Toastmasters Club 3091, and an Area Director supporting District 7’s Division G and Area 81. Marv holds the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation and enthusiastically supports Toastmaster International’s Pathways training curriculum.

The tradition of building great American leaders, scientists, scholars, authors, educators, inventors and those serving in the Profession of Arms is the rock-solid foundation upon which this nation was built and inevitably will survive.

That tradition of excellence is rooted in our history. Our forefathers had the ethical DNA or “Right Stuff” if you will. The Ancients understood this concept. They did not call it the “Right Stuff” but used another word to define their commitment to and pursuit of excellence in every aspect of their lives. That word was Arête.

Marv Serhan’s presentation will tie past to present and illustrate how values and character are formed and why these intangibles are essential to yield quality leadership which ultimately determines the destiny of any organization. Marv’s message is for all who manage, lead or aspire to be in a position that influences the personal and professional development of others.

Leeza Steindorf

Leeza Steindorf

3 Keys to Better Results – The Art of Direct Communication

As a leadership coach, corporate trainer and consultant, and international speaker, Leeza Steindorf specializes in the areas of communication, organizational transformation, conflict resolution and crisis management. She helps clients regain clarity amid unrest, simplify structures out of complexity, and transform tension into a crystalized roadmap for productive, respectful and creative collaboration.

Would you like to actually be heard when you speak? Do you want to understand what someone else really means, even when things get choppy? How about feeling at ease and comfortable when taking a stand or even in conflict?

3 Keys to Better Results – The Art of Direct Communication will show you how! Communication is the most important skill we have to succeed in relationships, in business, and in life. Surprisingly, learning this vital skill set has been left mostly to trial-and-error, circumstances and sheer determination.

This presentation puts practical and highly effective tools of clear, authentic, and powerful communication into your hands. You will learn:

  • How communication really works
  • Easy tools to make it work best in any setting
  • How to avoid, and deal, with conflict

Applying creative and solution-based thinking You will get some great results, including less stress and more time for fun, more positive interactions, a sense of confidence and ease in your interactions – no matter what!

Victoria Trabosh

Victoria Trabosh

Facing the storms of constant change: 3 Secrets of Success

Victoria Trabosh is an international speaker. She is also an author, executive coach, columnist, and philanthropist. She co-founded the Itafari Foundation for Rwanda and travels there regularly. She speaks with audiences and works with CEOs, leaders, and business owners, who, as she says, “Want to become their personal best and then they will change the world.”

Change is inevitable; failure may loom but is not preferred! This highly interactive session will allow participants to learm from interviews with change-leaders around the world. You’ll leave this session with the key secrets used by leaders who’ve weathered the storms of constant change and succeeded! Leaders from large organizations and start-ups were interviewed. Those in the US, and internationally. They brought their wisdom to the conversation and it’s now available to you.

Three questions asked and answered by thought leaders during in-depth interviews:

  1. What’s the biggest obstacle to change?
  2. How do you deal with detractors?
  3. What is a change you wanted that didn’t happen and it was for the better?
Nils Westphal

Nils Westphal

Improve Team Performance with a New Leadership Recipe

Nils Westphal has been a business advisor for nearly 20 years. in this role, he’s worked in projects with a focus on performance improvement and strategy implementation in a variety of industries for companies based out of Europe, the U.S.,South Africa, and Singapore. Improving individual and company performance is Nils’ passion, and he’s consistently been the ” Go-to Guy ” to quickly identify roots of problems, uncover and focus on solutions, and work to improve and grow. Nils joined Toastmasters in April 2017 and currently serves as Area 10 Director for Division I in Central Oregon.

The participants will learn about a new insight on team dynamics and performance. The session will teach about the principle of the Five Elements Method. This Method provides a unique scenario that illustrates how and why projects and business cycles can go so right or so wrong. The method combines the ancient principles of the five element s from Eastern philosophy and applies them in the modern business world. Participants will gain new insights to help leaders improve both individual team performances that align with people’s needs.

The session will help to:

  • Understand essential roles in business and why that’s key to creating successful teams
  • Shift your mindset and view team dynamics and interactions in a completely new way
  • Identify your own strengths and weaknesses as well as in your teams, and Improve team performance and satisfaction.
Eric Winger

Eric Winger

Evaluation Restructured

Eric Winger is a software engineer by trade and professional speech coach whose most meaningful goal is to help others. Eric is heavily involved in youth speech coaching – teaching both private groups and at the MIT School in Beaverton. Currently, Eric coaches and mentors about 80 youth aged 7 to 17 in 10 weekly classes.

Awards:

District 7 Table Topics Champ 2017

Distinguished Toastmaster 2016

District 7 Evaluation Speech Champ 2014

Herb Stude Educational Excellence Award 2013 District 7 Humorous Speech Champ 2012

Eric is the lucky husband of a terrific wife Melissa, father of three college students, and the obedient servant of a toy poodle.

A critical aspect of Toastmasters is evaluation. Without it we can’t grow as speakers. Yet for some, giving an evaluation is a daunting challenge. For others, evaluations can turn into book reports or whitewashes. Giving truly effective can be difficult for even the most seasoned Toastmaster.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to give better evaluations
  • Provide more effective feedback
  • Learn a different evaluation structure that will make giving an evaluation less daunting and your feedback more effective

Oregon Medical Association

Camp Withycombe

Saturday April 26th

Camp Withycombe

 

Comfort Suites

Friday Evening

The event will be held at the Oregon Medical Association

11782 SW 68th Ave, Portland OR

 

Saturday

Conference and Dinner

Camp Withycombe

14300 SE Minuteman Way
Clackamas, OR 97015
 

Accomodations

Comfort Suites
We have a block of 10 rooms reserved for the nights of April 26 and 27.
The rooms are held under  “Toastmasters”
The room block will be held until March 26, 2019.
 
Room rates:
 
King bed one or two occupants $95 + tax = $102.60 per night
Two queen beds with two occupants $110 + tax = $118.80 per night 
Additional occupants $10 per person per night
 
Amenities:
Free WiFi, hot breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub. Microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker in room.
Free parking.
 
Location: Less than a mile from Conference Center
SE McKinley Ave  Clackamas, OR 97015-9452 15929 
 
Reservations: 503-723-3450
 
Sometimes the best rate is AAA. It’s always good to ask. 

Group Events

7:00 – 8:00 am
Networking & Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 am
Opening Comments

8:10 – 9:05 am
Keynote – Dana LaMon

9:05 – 9:20 am
Break

9:20 – 10:20 am
Breakout Sessions

10:20 – 10:45 am
Break

10:45 – 12:05 pm
Evaluation Contest

12:05 – 1:05 pm
Lunch & DTM Ceremony

1:05 – 2:35 pm
Business Meeting

2:35 – 2:50 pm
Break

2:50 – 3:50 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:50 – 4:20 pm
Break with Cookies

4:00 – 6:05 pm
International Speech Contest

6:05 – 6:15 pm
Closing

Fun, Food, and Friends

6:30 – 7:00 pm
No Host Bar

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Dinner (Advance Tickets Required)

8:00 – 9:30 pm
Roast and Games

Morning Sessions

9:20 – 10:20 AM

Communication

3 Biggest Social Media Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
Karla Erovick

Personal Development

Branding Your Business and Yourself in the New Economy
Phil Bernstein

Leadership

Going from Vision to Victory; Leading with Honor Following with Conviction
Marv Serhan

Communication

3 Keys to Better Results – The Act of Direct Communication
Leeza Steindorf

Leadership

Facing the Storms of Constant Change: 3 Secrets of Success
Vicky Trabosh

Communication

Evaluations Restructured
Eric Winger

Afternoon Sessions

2:50 – 3:50 PM

Personal Development

Presenting Your Best Self on Camera
Bill Hernandez

Communication

How to Tell Stories that Change the World
Mike Goss

 Communication

Civility in a World of Hate
Robert Killen

Personal Development

Be a STAR in Job Interviews
PJ Kleffner

Personal Development

The Dream of a Champion
Dana LaMon

Leadership

Improve Team Performance with a New Leadership Recipe
Nils Wesphal