“Do I Need to go to A Toastmasters District Conference?”

The Life & Times of A Girl Named Simone

First Impressions

“Invigorating. Exciting. Educational. Networking haven.”

These are just some of the words that crossed my mind as I entered the “Wild Wild West“, the western themed Toastmasters District 48 Spring Conference held at the Tampa Marriott May 3 – 5. Before I go any further. Let me put your mind at ease. I have not developed a weird hobby centered around toast.

But Toastmasters, according to their site:

“Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.”

I joined the Power Speakers of Manatee County Government Toastmasters club in September of 2009 and I haven’t looked back since. When I told people that I joined this amazing professional development group, many people scratched their heads and made…

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