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.

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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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