Volcanoes and Toastmasters

It has been quite a week!

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull (say that 10 times fast!) Volcano in Iceland has wreaked havoc with schedules across Europe. Fortunately, Switzerland has re-opened its air space, so it looks like I will be able to make it to Porto as discussed in my previous post. It was touch and go there for awhile and I was in regular contact with the organizers to work out potential alternatives.

Eyjafjallajökull wakes up.

Photo courtesy of Henrik Thorburn

On another matter, I participated in the Toastmasters District 59, Division E International Speech Contest in Zurich last Saturday. It was superbly organized. The team even found a last-minute substitute keynote speaker when the scheduled speaker was stuck in Sweden (see volcano above).

I feel very fortunate and honoured to have won against such fantastic competition. Now it is off to the District Final on 4-6 June 2010 in The Hague, Netherlands. The organizers there have also been doing a fantastic job. Check out their website – Springtime at the Beach – and be sure to watch the short promotional video. It is hilarious!

Add to this my family and a full-time job, and it has been a busy time for me. Hence the paucity of posts in the last few days. My apologies. I leave for Porto tomorrow and return on Sunday. I will get back to my regular writing schedule next week. Thanks for your patience and continued support of this blog.

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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2 Responses to Volcanoes and Toastmasters

  1. It was no surprise that you won the contest with this speech, you were great. I have to say though: I was glad I didn’t sit in the jury, it was a difficult job as ALL the speeches were simply marvellous.

    I finally wrote an english post about the event, I hope you’ll like it http://seglias.wordpress.com/soup-mafia-and-anger/

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