Learn leadership and communication skills to face the 'new normal' at Toastmasters Conference in Mis

By: Toastmasters District 86
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - April 12, 2022 - PRLog -- Effective leadership and communications skills are essential in the hybrid work world shaped by two years of the global pandemic, says Jacklyn Payne, the chair of the 2022 District 86 Toastmasters International Conference.
"There's no going back to the way things were, so it's time to embrace the challenges ahead," says the 15-year Brampton Toastmaster.
"Communication skills have never been needed more than now, as workplace norms are disrupted, and managers and employees build new relationships in this 'new normal.' Toastmasters is the place to learn and practice pivoting between online and face-to-face leadership and collaboration while still getting the job done."
Indeed, the conference theme, "New Chapter, New Beginnings," embraces today's business reality. Payne said this is the first time 2,000 Toastmasters from southern and Central Ontario have organized a hybrid conference open to everyone.
Friday and Saturday are online-only, while Sunday, the Conference will unfold at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale and streamed online for a total cost of $105. For a three-day, online-only experience, registration is $15. Details: https://toastmasters86.org/events/district-86-spring-conference/
The tension between meeting online and in person — while still facing changing business conditions — is the new normal, says Payne, who recently began advising the leadership of 570 Toastmasters clubs across six U.S. states.
A March 2022 survey of Canadian office workers found most want to keep mainly working or entirely working remotely. The Amazon Canada-sponsored research also found that 43 percent of workers would look for new work if forced back to the office full-time.
Payne says empathetic online communication is now a top leadership skill in a world where stressed employees look for workplace flexibility and stability.
Expert-led Conference workshops Friday and Saturday evenings offer leadership, communication and personal growth tactics. Watch powerful communication skills in action in public speaking competitions on both days.
Four keynote speakers are ready to inspire personal and professional growth through the weekend: Roger Caesar, who took third at the 2021 World Championship of Public SpeakingLark Doley, 2018-2019 President, Toastmasters InternationalJennifer Jones, 2021-2022 President-elect of Rotary InternationalMargaret Zanel, Founder and Partner, Strategy and Leadership, at Wentworth Strategy Group  About Toastmasters District 86

Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario, comprising 135 community and corporate clubs with more than 2,000 members. The district supports clubs from London in the southwest to Owen Sound in the north: Waterloo Region and Guelph; and Niagara, Hamilton and parts of Mississauga in the Golden Horseshoe around Lake Ontario.

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