Toastmasters International Convention – 2016

The 85th Annual Toastmasters International Convention will be held in Washington, D.C. this August. The International Convention is the highlight of the Toastmasters year and I am delighted to have been chosen as one of ten speakers who will present there.


I will be speaking about improv, a special form of theatre in which players create entire scenes on stage in real time and without any prepared script. It is something that I have come to love and respect. I perform regularly in Geneva, Switzerland as a member of the Renegade Saints.

Here is the description of my session from the International Convention website:

Improvisational comedy or “improv” is fast, funny and unpredictable. It’s a lot like life: there’s no script, the path isn’t always clear; and no one is sure how it’s going to end. Improv is about handling unexpected situations with others.

Solutions come when people support each other and work together. Comic legend Bill Murray has described improv as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.”

The principles of improv are highly relevant for personal and professional development and can help people become better parents, partners, colleagues and speakers.

In this session, John will teach you some of these principles and how to apply them in your daily life. And you’re going to have a lot fun in the process. So check your comfort zone at the door–this experience will be highly interactive–and spend an enjoyable hour to improv(e) your life.

Toastmasters International has just issued a press release about the speakers who will present at the International Convention. You can read it here.

If you are going be at the International Convention, it would be great to meet you in person. Please be sure to say hello.


About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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6 Responses to Toastmasters International Convention – 2016

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  3. Julie Miyeon Sohn says:

    Dear John

    Ever since I listened to the Time to Shine podcast episode in which you were speaking, I ‘ve been a huge fan of yours.

    I have been following your blog and youtube channel, and when I found your name in the Toastmasters magazine 2 months ago, I was just as excited as if I found my friend’s name. Even more so when I found out that you are one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 TI conventionon DC.

    This year, I’m going as a semi finalist from District 93(South Korea), and I’m just so happy that I will be able to hear you speak in person! It will be like meeting my idol! 🙂 Very much looking forward to it.

    Julie Miyeon Sohn

    • John Zimmer says:

      Dear Julie,

      Thank you for the kind message. Congratulations on your District win! Well done! I am not sure that meeting me will be like meeting an idol but thank you for the complement. I look forward to meeting you in Washington and wish you the best of success in the contest. Remember to enjoy the experience and don’t focus on winning; focus on your message and the audience.

      Best regards,


  4. Helmi Tatanaki says:

    Salam John,

    Well done my friend … I wish you all the best.

    Ramadan Kareem

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