District 52 Spring Conference

Storytelling remains the single most important tradition we possess to teach lessons, to inspire others, to entertain us, or to strive for something better.  A stories characters show us ordinary people performing extraordinary deeds, not because they are forced to, but because they make the right choice. They help us relate and remember.  In Toastmasters, for our public speaking, the craft of storytelling is something we are constantly striving to improve.

You’re invited to join us on May 13th as we explore storytelling together with a workshop and keynote.  Building on our theme, Storytelling for Engagement, the Spring Conference is our premier member focused event for educating and entertaining you, the District 52 Toastmaster.   You will be treated to the best our district has in public speaking, all competing for the right to represent District 52 at the Toastmaster International Finals in Vancouver, British Columbia.  And really, that just starts to scratch the surface of the 2017 Spring Conference.  There is so much more!

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Event Details

  • Date: May 13th, 2017
  • Time: Registration starts at 7:30 am.  The event concludes at 4 pm
  • Location: Embassy Suites, 800 N Central Ave, Glendale, California
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Event Theme: Storytelling for Engagement
  • Workshop: One on One Workshop with Kelly Swanson
  • Keynote Speaker:  Kelly Swanson 
  • Contests: International Speech and Table Topic District Finals
  • Advertising opportunities and conference contact: PQD Kathleen Lubin, DTM  pqd@district52.org
  • Raffle Prize chair: TBD
  • Registration Fee: Early bird $45 to April 15th, $65 at the event
  • Registration limit: 200

Spring Conference Agenda

7:30 am Registration Opens
Business Meeting (Elect our 2017-2018 District Officers)
Keynote Kelly Swanson
Table Topic Contest
International Speech Contest
Awards Ceremony

Our Keynote speaker, Kelly Swanson, is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker, author (Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale,  The Land of If Only, The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, You. Your Story. Make An Impact.), storytelling coach, and creator of Prides Hollow and the wacky cast of southern characters who have charmed audiences from coast to coast for over 20 years. Her work has been featured in extensive online and print publications, and has won awards from the Film Advisory Board of Hollywood and the National Association of Parenting Publications.  She speaks over 60 times a year to major conventions all over the United States.   May 13th, you can hear Kelly too.

Kelly will share her journey through the power of story and how it can help you connect and engage with your audience on a deeper level. Laugh with Kelly in this session and:

  • Experience the power of story firsthand in this moving, funny keynote
  • Learn why story trumps data
  • Discover the three most important stories you should be telling to connect and engage with your audience, your market and your world


There are two contests, the International Speech contest and the Table Topics contest.  The winner of the District 52 International Speech contest will compete at the 2017 Toastmaster International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.

When you attend the Spring Conference as a spectator, you are fulfilling several very important roles.  By attending the contest, you provide the contestants an important audience that he or she can bring along on their speech journey. A great audience provides the energy in the room that the contestant will build their speech upon.  Also, you have an opportunity to learn lessons and techniques that you may not see at your club setting. Although not necessary, most contestants will present the “same” speech as they progress in their contest. Watch as incremental changes to the speech material, body movement, and voice inflection add or detract from the core message being presented. See how it works from a the smaller club contest audiences through the area and division all the way to the large audience at Spring Conference. Lastly, Everyone has someone from their Division at the contest to root for.  Come support and cheer for your division’s contestant!

International Speech and Table Topic Contest Ladders

(Updated March 8, 2017)



We reward registration decisiveness, namely, a 30% discount off of the event registration costs and a raffle ticket offer to increase your luckiness!   This offer ends midnight on April 15th.

What are you waiting for?

Spring Conference Event Flier PDF

Advertising In the Spring Conference Program Book

2017 District 52 Spring Conference eg updated 3/26/17


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