The Swiss division conference event took place in Zürich on April 27th.

We met for registration and a breakfast snack. After starting a little behind schedule, the conference had a strong energy boost from our keynote speaker, Olivia Schofield, who made a magnificent job with setting the tone of the day, by delivering a great and very personal speech about her journey to become a public speaker overcoming difficult circumstances, and going all the way to the Toastmasters World Finals in Las Vegas, USA.  After the keynote event we launched straight into the competitions, where there was a strong showing in the evaluation contest. Mahima Klinge gave a formidable speech for the contestants to evaluate, talking about the importance of being able to forgive, being original, and showing gratitude, her acronym FOG will be staying with conference participants and was a pleasant reminder of ancient wisdom and values.

After breaking for lunch where a lot of socializing and catching up was done, it was time to launch into the afternoon program. We started off with workshop sessions, where all participants had great opportunities to benefit from the content. Topics covered ranged from giving constructive feedback, commanding and controlling your voice, landing your dream job, to get down to writing and finishing a book that you have inside you. In parallel with the workshops, a German evaluation show contest and a German International speech show contest were carried out. These contests were show contests since they had only one participant each, and it was a pleasure and very instructive to have these top speakers attending the conference and delivering high quality speaking performances.

After the workshop sessions and the show contests  it was time for the much anticipated English international speech contest. There was a tangible tension in the air as the contest functions and contestants got themselves ready to compete. A big hand goes to our Division E governor Silvana Wasitova who was MCing the event and created great suspense and support for the contestants.

Some truly great speeches were delivered, and surely the judges had a hard job selecting a winner from the brilliant line-up of International speech contestants. It would still be some time until the results would be published. We continued with a second workshop session where topics like body language, agile methodology, and techniques for dealing well with spontaneous speeches, table-topics, were being taught.

In the last section of the conference, toastmasters relevant subject, like planning of education was talked about. Now was also the time for the very exciting announcements of the winners from the speech contests.

In the German and French show contests, we had the following winners:

John Zimmer, Toastmasters Geneva, French Evaluation Contest

Mark Alder, Mosquito Hill Toastmasters, Zurich, German International Speech Contest

Thomas Skipwith, Rhetorik Club Mutschellen, Berikon, German Evaluation Contest

Continuing to the English Evaluation Contest, the following contestants placed:

1st – Laura Penn, Toastmasters Geneva

2nd – Kevin Boomsma, Zuriberg Toastmasters, Zurich


In the International Speech Contest the following contestants placed:

1st – John Zimmer, Toastmasters Geneva

2nd – Fouad Alame, Toastmasters Basel

Thank you to everyone who participated as contestants, contest functions and workshop speakers. You all contributed to making this event a great success!


International Speech Contest & Speech Evaluation Contest

Gastronomie & Räume Zollikerberg
Neuweg 16 – 8125 Zollikerberg

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Register here

Please make your payment to the Zuriberg Toastmasters club, indicating:
Division E Spring Conference 2013 and your name
as the reason for the payment.

Zuriberg Toastmasters
Christian Funke
IBAN: CH2509000000857791163
3030 BERN

Payment received until April 24, CHF 70, Students CHF 60
After April 24, please pay cash at the door: CHF 80, Students CHF

The price includes conference attendance, two coffee/tea breaks
and a lunch with a 33 cl drink.

More information with workshop program available in the following flyer (pdf)

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Message from the Division Governor

Division leadership elections

Silvana Wasitova, EPFL club, has been elected as Switzerland’s next Division Governor from July 1st 2012. (I bring your attention to the fact that Silvana was awarded her DTM award at the conference. This is her second DTM, and she is the first and only holder of a double TM in the whole of District 59. “Chapeau”, as the french would say! Continue reading

International speech contest (english)
1st place John Zimmer
2nd place Janene Liston

Evaluation contest (english)
1st place Laura Penn
2nd place Cisco Lay

International speech contest (german)
1st place Mark Alder

Evaluation contest (german)
1st place Christian Eggenberger

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