I confess this email is an excuse to send you one more promo about EVV CON 2022, the Elevate the Value of Virtual Conference on Saturday that you can register for at evvcon.com and that I’m chairing. Formerly known as VTM CON, this event is one of the best places to learn about speaking and leading online.

During a break in the formal program, I plan to hold an informal meetup with people interested in learning more about the Toastmost.org website hosting service, the WordPress for Toastmasters open source software, and digital services I provide to professional speakers and other businesses.

EVV CON is a volunteer-run venture, but my small business is a sponsor by virtue of providing the event website and covering some of the expenses. The WordPress/Toastmost meetup is not part of the official event agenda but will take place during an intermission at about 3:30 pm EDT. If you’re present for the keynote by World Champion of Public Speaking Mike Carr, the intermission and announcement of things happening during intermission will happen immediately after.

Register now at evvcon.com. If you’re not available to attend the whole thing, recordings will be available afterward to registered attendees.


David F. Carr for WordPress for Toastmasters

Saturday April 23, 2022
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11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Welcome

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Amanda Mae Gray: Elevate Your Presence on Video Calls

Learn how to look professional on video calls.Read More

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Dave Armstrong: Don’t Go It Alone

Hosting a big online event means not only speaking but juggling promotion, logistics, and social media – build a team to be successful.Read More

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Speaker Breakout Rooms

April 23 2022

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Dan Magill: Help! I’m Not Funny!

How to harness the power of humor in the online environment.Read More

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Susan Lindner: Innovation Storytelling for Virtual Speakers

Storytelling is both art and science, so mastering both is naturally challenging. When we unlock the secrets of great corporate leaders, the prophets, and even neuroscientists, we can translate our virtual presentations into electric, viral, and impactful talks that people can’t wait to share with others.Read More

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Speaker Breakout Rooms

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Dave Bricker: Take Your Talk from the Page to the Stage to the Screen!

This interactive session reveals powerful speaking techniques used by great orators like Winston Churchill. Dive deep into vocal dynamics, body language, and stagecraft—and explore new ways to engage audiences both on the stage and on the screen.Read More

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Rich Hopkins: Speak Anyway

How you can apply navigate and adapt to the new landscape of speaking – be it virtual, in-person, or hybrid with a open mind, positive attitude, and experimental spirit.Read More

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Speaker Breakout Rooms

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM Tech Tips

A fast-paced presentation of tools you can use.

1:50 PM – 2:05 PM A Word from Our Sponsor: Beyond Virtual Events

Ella Glasgow, founder, Beyond Virtual Events

Browsing the RSVP list for this event, we discovered we had a star in the audience — Ella Glasgow, founder of Beyond Virtual Events.

So we called her up.

Beyond Virtual Events is assisting with tools and professional services our volunteer-run event couldn’t have afforded otherwise, so we have invited Ella to say a few words about her company and its services.

2:05 PM – 2:15 PM Recognition Break

This is where we pause to recognize club leaders and other dignitaries.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Keynote: Mike Carr

Hear from the 2020 World Champion of Public speaking about how to maximize the potential of the virtual stage.

When the pandemic forced the 2020 World Championship of public speaking online, Mike Carr demonstrated how to not just cope with the change but take advantage of the medium. (See his speech, The Librarian and Mrs. Montgomery). We’ve asked Mike to share some of what he has learned about virtual presentation technique, while also serving as Master of Ceremonies for our webinar contest.Read More

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Speaker Breakout Room

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Morning Wrap Up

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM Intermission

Your opportunity to take a break, get a meal, see your family, or chat informally with other attendees.

5:00 PM – 6:10 PM Webinar Contest

Who will most impress our judges with their skill at engaging with an online audience? With Master of Ceremonies Mike Carr, 2020 World Champion of Public Speaking.

More about the contest.

6:10 PM – 6:15 PM Recognition Break

This is where we pause to recognize club leaders and other dignitaries.

6:15 PM – 6:45 PM Cat Mulvihill: 7 Tips to Lead More Engaging Virtual Presentations

Learn from an expert on Zoom, presentation technologies, and online training.Read More

6:15 PM – 6:45 PM Whit Andrews: Everyone is in the Front Row and in the Back Row

This presentation on the hidden joys and risks of virtual speaking comes from Whit Andrews, a Gartner analyst who advises major corporations on the effective uses of technology.Read More

6:15 PM – 6:45 PM Sheri Fitts: Make an Emotional Connection When Speaking Online

Learn to make an emotional connection with your audience, overcoming the obstacles of distance and technology.Read More

6:45 PM – 7:00 PM Speaker Breakout Rooms

7:00 PM – 7:10 PM Tech Tips (Part 2)

Join us for a fast-paced introduction to tools you can use.

7:10 PM – 7:40 PM Barbara Beckley: How are you showing up in the Social Media World?

Learn how to show up in the social media world in ways that boost your personal brand and reputation.Read More

7:10 PM – 7:40 PM Jenny Liu: Empower Ethical Choices

Grow as a leader to create a more ethical future.Read More

7:40 PM – 7:55 PM Speaker Breakout Rooms

7:55 PM – 8:15 PM Closing Ceremony

8:15 PM – 8:45 PM After Party

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