Featured Speakers and Presenters

Deb Blazer, DTM

Deb Blazer, DTM

Deb Blazer, DTM

World Class Speaking Coaching - LIVE

What is the real difference between good and great?

Really great presentations grab the audience's attention in the first few moments. As speakers, we all know that it is easier said than done. Did you know it only takes a few seconds to turn off an audience? Whether you want to sell your ideas, grow your business or get hired as a speaker, the first 30 seconds of your presentation are crucial.

If you are ready to stretch yourself and reach a higher level of speaking this entertaining, technique-filled, highly-interactive session is for you.

Imagine being one of a few Toastmasters this weekend who will experience one-on-one coaching from a certified World-Class Speaking coach. Debra invites you to deliver your speech opening or a few lines of your presentation for live on the spot coaching.

You will learn both by watching the process or by being a "willing volunteer" how presence, specific language, and editing can make a good presentation great!


Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

In this session, in which Deb Blazer will co-present with Susan Murphy, you will learn:

  • Specific and proven opening techniques to add to your repertoire
  • Powerful opening words that are consistently successful
  • Specific emotion words to engage every audience
  • How to build self-confidence and credibility before you utter your first word
Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy is a World Class Speaking Coach with over 25 years in the training and development field. She provides workshops, teleseminars, and professional coaching that improve communication and presentation skills.

Toastmaster Murphy has held various club and district offices, and is a recipient of the Competent Toastmaster and Competent Leader Awards.


Christie Ruffino

Christie Ruffino

Christie Ruffino

Monetize Your Mojo: Learn how to build a road map to create multiple income streams from your expertise and your message!

In this session, Christie will help you discover how to leverage your expertise and share your message in a way that will help more people and make more money. Her formula has had much success with her clients and it can work for you. Whether it is your professional knowledge or your personal story, Christie will share her tips to help you Monetize "YOUR" Mojo!

Founder of the Dynamic Professional Women's Network, the Dynamic Women's Conference, DPWN Publishing and the DPWN Angel Foundation

Her networking experience and leadership training has provided her the expertise to create a thriving platform for women to build their businesses in a relationship based, industry exclusive, professional networking organization designed exclusively for them to generate strong referrals for each other.

Christie has published four "Best-selling" books and currently lives in the Western Suburbs with her dog and her Harley Streetglide.


Conor Cunneen

Conor Cunneen

Conor Cunneen

Adden Humur Two You're Presentashun! (This program is much better than the spelling. Honust!)

Accredited Speaker, award winning humorist Conor Cunneen DTM provides Tips, Tricks and Techniques to add humor to your presentation, enhance your message.

You will see why Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

  • Understand how you can create humorous content utilizing current events, exaggeration, self depreciation (sorry deprecation), word play and other tools.
  • Ten specific tips to get 'em laughing.
  • Learn to introduce relevant humorous stories and anecdotes to make your audience smile, and your message memorable.

Conor Cunneen AS, DTM is one of less than 70 people in the history of Toastmasters to be awarded Accredited Speaker designation. This Irishman has twice represented Chicago in the International Speech finals, is a winner of Chicago Humorous Speaker of the Year and an in-demand professional speaker whose clients range from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid.

A compelling humorous keynote and business speaker, Conor has been referenced as "Mark Twain with a brogue," and an "Irish Dilbert" as he weaves large dollops of Irish blarney through serious business messages. The result is memorable presentations that will have you Learning, Laughing and Leaving with a smile on your face, a spring in your step and implementable ideas to becoming a better speaker and Toastmaster member.


Dan Van Haften

Dan Van Haften

Dan Van Haften

Abraham Lincoln, Toastmasters, and PechaKucha

PechaKucha is a style of speech presentation where 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. A PechaKucha talk lasts six minutes and 40 seconds. PechaKucha Nights at over 800 locations around the world offer enthusiastic, informative, and entertaining presentations from multiple speakers in this format.

Dan Van Haften's talk will

  1. describe PechaKucha
  2. demonstrate Dan's PechaKucha talk entitled "Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason"; and
  3. show how Toastmaster lessons from the Competent Communication Manual can be used in PechaKucha.

In 2010, Savas Beatie published Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, Dan Van Haften's first book, co-authored with Des Moines attorney David Hirsch. Dan began his career with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1970, and retired from Alcatel-Lucent in 2007. His position involved software development and system testing on telecommunications systems. Dan is member of Batavia Talk of the Town Toastmasters. CC, CL, ALB, District 54 2012-2013 President of the Year.


Tony Livernois

Tony Livernois

Tony Livernois

Putting VALUE into your evaluations!

Every Toastmaster knows that verbal evaluations are critical to the Toastmasters experience. At every meeting, evaluators provide verbal evaluations of each speaker. The General Evaluator gives a verbal evaluation on the meeting itself. We even have a Grammarian to provide verbal feedback on how everyone at the meeting uses language.

Interestingly, though, we provide little in the way verbal evaluations for evaluators. While the General Evaluator and Grammarian are welcome to comment on evaluators, we rarely, if ever, give deep and thorough feedback to our evaluators.

The purpose of this session, Putting VALUE Into Your Evaluations, is to improve attendees' evaluation skills through a highly-interactive session where everyone will get a chance to evaluate evaluators.

Tony Livernois is an instructional design consultant with over 27 years of experience. He is a professional trainer/facilitator, certified with Development Dimensions International (DDI).

Tony earned Toastmasters' coveted Triple Crown with Talk of the Town Toastmasters in Batavia, where he serves as the club's ongoing webmaster. He serves as an Ambassador for Toastmasters' Revitalized Education Program for District 54.

Tony is originally from El Centro, California. He received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design from Cal State Chico. He has a dog named Fred and a cockatiel named Garth.


Sima Dahl

Sima Dahl

Sima Dahl

Promote Yourself and Your Club in 5 Minutes a Day

Have you Googled yourself lately?

Do you pay attention to your Digital Footprint? What sort of first impression are you making online?

In her session, America's Personal Branding Champion will tell you how to forge a strong personal brand and raise your visibility in just minutes a day.

Looking for a new job? Trying to grow your business? Working to amplify your trajectory up the corporate ladder? No matter what your situation, Sima Dahl will show you how to use her Sway Factor® system to reach the people you want through the people you know and become a person of powerful, ethical influence.

After a successful 20‐year career in corporate marketing and branding, Sima Dahl founded Sway Factory, Inc. to help business professionals build personal brands that mean business. She has shared her revenue‐generating Sway Factor® system for clients from Boston to Budapest including Microsoft, Orbitz, Harley Davidson, Jones Lang LaSalle and associations large and small.

Sima's clients say she is the only one that has made business sense out of all the social media madness.

Learn how to become the Chief Marketing Officer of BRAND YOU, generate more referrals, and increase your SWAY!


Leslie Sann

Leslie Sann

Leslie Sann

Life Happens: What Are YOU Going to Do About It?

Leslie Sann, life and leadership coach with Living by Design, and author of Life Happens: What Are YOU Going to Do About It?, will show you how to unlock the creative power in your life, personally, professionally and in relationships. Based on her experience of almost three decades of coaching, as well as experiences from her own and her clients lives, this interactive, fun and transformational experience will teach you how to train your brain in using the power of choice to become a purposeful creator (instead of a victim) in all parts of your life.

By the end of the presentation, you will have useful tools that you can use, starting as soon as right now, to change your life for the good. This is not about positive thinking or positive attitude, but instead about simple shifts in language and thinking that you can use to take ownership of your circumstances instead of them owning you! Once you experience, first-hand, the victory of self-empowerment, you will have access to the inner resources needed to create greater health, wealth and happiness in your life, your career and your relationships.

Leslie Sann, MA, LCPC calls her coaching company Living by Design because she teaches just that, how to live by design rather than by default. Leslie is a certified coach and a board certified professional counselor and for more than 25 years has helped thousands of people transform their lives and grow from good to good-er to crazy good great. To find out more go to: www.lesliesann.com


Arturo Venecia II

Arturo Venecia II

Arturo Venecia II

Find Your Voice & Live Your Passion

Do you feel: Stuck? Overwhelmed? Unmotivated? Lost?

You were born with a Purpose. You are gifted with Potential. Few discover their Purpose and even less tap their Potential. In this workshop Find Your Voice & Live Your Passion, you will learn the first steps in discovering the Authentic You:

  1. Define your Purpose
  2. Identify your Potential
  3. Create a Plan of Action

Uncover your Purpose. Unleash your Potential. Live your Dreams. The Time for Change is Now.

Arturo Venecia II, MBA is new to Toastmasters, but not a stranger to the podium.

He serves as a Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach and Adjunct Graduate School Professor. Arturo is a high energy Speaker that challenges and inspires his audiences to break their old patterns of thinking. You cannot think your way to success, only Believe It In. Change starts from the inside out.

Change your thoughts, change your mind. But Change your habits, Transform Your Life.
– Arturo Venecia II


Meridian Peak Hypnosis

Meridian Peak Hypnosis

Meridian Peak Hypnosis

Meridian Peak Hypnosis

Meridian Peak Hypnosis offers hypnosis, hypnotherapy and life coaching in Naperville near I-88 and Naperville Rd. Meridian Peak uses therapeutic hypnosis to help clients feel confident, relaxed and ready for all of life’s challenges and opportunities. In this unique experience, Hypnotherapists will connect the impact of your thoughts, words and actions and help create a new pattern. See how a positive mental attitude helps you achieve success in communication and leadership and how hypnosis is a tool to achieve this success. Hypnotherapists will explain how the subconscious mind is accessed and how suggestions are implanted to make change easy and effortless.

Therapeutic hypnosis is completely different than the entertainment use for hypnosis. Meridian Peak Hypnotherapists will walk you through the steps of change and improvement, explain how the mind is wired and guide participants through a relaxing hypnosis session. Hypnotherapists help you to understand underlying causes and create change in a safe, relaxed and respectful setting.

Hypnosis is safe, all-natural and prescription free. Celebrities including Tiger Woods, Matt Damon, Billy Joel, Samuel L. Jackson, Winona Rider and Kevin Costner have all used therapeutic hypnosis to improve their lives.

Learn more about Meridian Peak Hypnosis at www.meridianpeakhypnosis.com or call (630) 686-2626.