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Education Session Presenters

Funny. You Should Say That.
Noel Bentley

Do you want to have fun and improve your quality of life in and outside of Toastmasters?

Then add more humour. Yes, you can do it. The best way to get started is to attend this session. Why invest 45 minutes of your life here? Because we’re going to bust the myths and give you the foundations of humorous presentations and speaking.

But wait, there’s more! We’ll show you how to include humour in any speech. Act now and we’ll give you the secret to great Toastmasters meetings and member satisfaction (Hint: It’s not boredom). As a special bonus you’ll leave with ready-made meeting plans and other tools. Warning: Missing this educational may result in regret and gnashing of teeth. Take the first step and sign up today.

About Noel

Noel is an avid speaker who specializes in humorous and educational performances. His creative approach to presentations almost guarantees that his audiences will experience something fresh, entertaining, and memorable. After seven years of Toastmasters he decided to co-found Funny Bone, a club dedicated to comical performances. Noel has appeared in front of audiences as a trainer, emcee, storyteller and comedian and is currently writing a humour anthology. Other passions include photography and volunteering; he hopes to combine them into an art program this coming fall.

The Four A's of Self-Leadership
Sabahat Naureen

True leadership starts with mastering your SELF first, and then understanding how to use your individual values, strengths and experiences to your advantage.

In this session, you will learn a unique proprietary model that can be used as a navigational compass to help you advance toward (and sustain!) any big life transformation—whether it be accelerating your career, starting a passion-centric business or enriching your life with healthy habits.

This will be a hands-on workshop. Come prepared with one big change you want to make in your life. We will map it out together using the Four As model, and you will not only go home with a deeper understanding of yourself, but also an ACTION PLAN to set you up for continued success!

About Sabahat

Sabahat Naureen is a Certified Executive Coach on a mission to help individuals take control and become the CEOs of their life! Known for her energetic disposition and propensity to inspire action, she has coached entrepreneurs, engineers, and executives on the virtues of values-based leadership. Visit her website to learn more about Sabahat.

Your ONE IDEA — The Key to Your Success.
Azadeh Yaraghi

Being an entrepreneur means that one is on a constant journey of self and business discovery.

Entrepreneurs are asked to step outside their comfort zone, to take on challenges, learn new things, and reach greater heights. In order to achieve success, they must build their brand in a way that speaks of who they are authentically and one that attracts their ideal clients. The biggest risk is when they do not know how to do this well and miss opportunity after opportunity.

Contradictory to popular belief, branding is not your logo, website, or marketing collateral. Understanding the true definition of branding will ignite how entrepreneurs can use it to their advantage. Introducing the out-of- the-box idea that a business's clients or customers are not buying products or services from the business. What they are in fact buying is an idea and a brand promise. Often, entrepreneurs make the mistake of focusing too much on their own end-game and forget to turn the focus on the perspective of their ideal target market. Discovering the ONE THING that an audience actually buys into will give way to define a company's brand, positioning, story, and ultimately how people connect with that business. It's quite empowering! Take a risk … get to know your unique brand.

Participants will:

  • learn definition of branding and its importance in business,
  • discover the concept of the ONE IDEA,
  • determine one’s own ONE IDEA,
  • learn to shift perspective toward the target market's gain,
  • learn to use the 20-80 rule,
  • learn strategies of successful companies and what they can model from them,
  • understand the journey and risks entrepreneurs take in order to live their mission and achieve success.

About Azadeh

Azadeh Yaraghi is a Brand Strategist, #1 best seller on Amazon, speaker, and founder of Gogo Telugo Creatives. With 14+ years of experience working locally and internationally (France, Italy, USA) in branding and marketing, she has built successful campaigns and picked-up awards along the way. She works with amazing entrepreneurs and corporations who are looking to create an authentic connection between their company and their ideal target market, take their brand and business to new heights, and ultimately make a difference in the world. In her free time, she dances flamenco and salsa, plays beach volleyball, and travels the globe.

Visit her website to learn more about Azadeh.

Energy Behind Communication
Rifa Hodgson

How to Build Stronger Connections with Your Audience

This session provides an in-depth look at all aspects of nonverbal communication, including a brief explanation of energy phenomena from the ancient views to modern times. Points will be illustrated with corresponding examples and stories, and participants will practise exercises in pairs and share their experiences.

The audience will:

  • gain understanding about energetic layers hidden in any communication,
  • learn the ways we receive nonverbal messages,
  • observe the energetic connections between the speaker and the audience,
  • understand what it takes to hold the attention of the audience,
  • discover how to bring an empathic response in the audience,
  • find out how to use body language to achieve a desirable outcome.

About Rifa

Rifa Hodgson, ACS, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Past Life Regression therapist and a founding member of The Newton Institute for Life Between Life™ (LBL). Rifa was the first accredited LBL therapist in Canada. A Moscow born teacher and educator for 45 years, Rifa joined Toastmasters in 1997. She achieved Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Silver designation in 2004. Rifa operates her own business “Adventure into Time and Beyond” and for the last 17 years she has been working with thousands of clients assisting them in achieving more clarity and understanding in their present life.

See her website to learn more.

Risk Not, Have Not!
Sharookh Daroowala

Are you tired of telling yourself “could have, would have, should have"?

Fear and regret are two dragons that shadow and stalk us from a young age. Most of our fears are self-instilled; we talk ourselves into feeling and fueling them. When fear grips us, we take the low road to safety and end up with regrets. But effective leaders know that it doesn’t have to be that way. They know that bravery and courage are not just the nemesis of fear; they are the mastery of fear. And risk-taking is the master key that opens doors to possibilities you never thought you could unlock.

This is your journey. Your one good shot on this beautiful planet. Don’t go out with memories of what might have been. Stop playing it safe and living a little less. Take risks. Slay the dragons of fear and regret! Reap your just rewards. You can do it! And Sharookh can show you how.

In this interactive, playful and engaging workshop, you will learn to change your story — and your life — by:

  • learning the difference between taking and managing risks,
  • reframing your mindset and your self-talk,
  • learning how to be brave and courageous.

You will also be encouraged to find an accountability partner to support you to do something you have been too scared to do.

About Sharookh

Sharookh Daroowala, LL.B., DTM, is an internationally known speaking coach and motivational humorist. His clients include everyone from nervous beginners to world class presenters, celebrities, TEDx Talks speakers, entrepreneurs, professionals and students. In the 80-year history of Toastmasters International in BC, nobody has won more District contests in more categories than Sharookh (International Speech x 2, Speech Evaluation and Table Topics). In 2014, Sharookh was a Top 9 Finalist at the World Championship of Public Speaking. For his mentorship of members, nurturing of new clubs, and dedication to educating and training others, in 2015/16, District 96 honoured Sharookh as Toastmaster of the Year.

Visit his website to learn more about Sharookh.

How to Achieve More of What You Want in Life
Teri Holland

Learn powerful techniques in goal achievement, the reason why most goals fail, how to overcome obstacles and how to focus your mind to get the outcomes you want.

Participants will be able to recognize why they haven’t achieved goals in the past, and why they did achieve others. They will be able to identify what is holding them back from achieving what they want, and have tools in place to create powerful goals in the future. Participants will be given access to a Goal Achievement Blueprint and visualization audio recording.

About Teri

With a profound ability to bring out the best in people, Teri Holland is a staunch believer in the inexhaustible inner potential of human beings. She is an exciting, dynamic, transformational seminar leader, and an expert in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a successful High Performance Coach and NLP Trainer, Teri is the founder of The Empowered Life Academy, has a #1 self-help podcast (The Empowered Life) on iTunes, and is currently co-writing her first book, FEARLESS Speaking.

Visit her website to learn more about Teri.

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