By Anna Eggemeyer
This summer’s District 8 Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI), was a smashing success. Hosted by WUSTL Speaks, it attracted more than 200 attendees to Seigle Hall on Saturday, June 20. Many attendees remarked how organized the day was.
The conference, chaired by Rosalind Early, featured keynote speaker Steve Malter from the Olin Business School, as well as presentations from our own Jackie Lorrainne, Farzana Chohan, John Richards II, and Troy DeArmitt.
Cecily Stewart Hawksworth was in charge of public relations, Shirley Ikemeier chaired the education committee, Josh Lawrence handled logistics, and Thomas Walker served as our registration chair.
During his keynote, “Leadership, Innovation, and Management,” Malter expressed his admiration for Toastmasters and told the crowd he’d just returned from Tel Aviv and teaching on the shores of the Mediterranean. Malter addressed the questions of the definition of leadership, and what makes a good leader. He also touched on topics such as how to encourage innovation, how to make people listen, and how to lead as an introvert.
Jackie Lorrainne gave an informative talk to newly elected club presidents on how to succeed in this role. Troy DeArmitt and John Richards inspired their audience to “Talk Tech Better!” Troy and John used their unique voices to show their fellow Toastmasters how to breathe life into presentations about technical material. Their tips included (1) Find your voice. (2) Don’t feel like you have to prove anything. (3) Stay on message. And (4) own your presentation by putting in the time to make it polished.
In all, the conference was a success, thanks to the motivated members of WUSTL Speaks!