THRIVE Education Program

What is THRIVE?

District 84 Toastmasters will achieve incremental recognition as they diligently fulfill the designated tasks for each letter of the acronym. It is anticipated that members will attain one letter of achievement per month as follows:

Teamwork – August
Humor – September
Recognition – October
Inspiration – November
Volunteerism – December
Empowerment – January

Upon the culmination of six months, participants will astound the District with their eloquent speeches, thereby meriting the prestigious THRIVE Award during the Conference. Furthermore, their Clubs will stand poised to garner acknowledgment for THRIVING within District 84.

The THRIVE Toolbox

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
– Henry Ford

The objective of this class is to equip participants with a comprehensive set of strategies for:

  • enhancing teamwork
  • building trust
  • and facilitating effective training

Attendees will gain innovative techniques to foster synergy within clubs, businesses, and personal development.

Requirements to earn the letter T:
  • Date & Time
    • August 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Leslie has been the Logistics Manager for the District for the past few years. If you have attended a District Conference since 2021, you’ve most likely seen her running around. She has also been the Conference Stage Manager.

Leslie was part of the first cohort of the Trainer’s Academy in 2023 -2024.

Outside of Toastmasters, Leslie has been a Walt Disney Cast Member for almost 30 years. Her most recent role is with the Disney Vacation Club Training & Development Team as a Program Facilitator. She is also a Traditions Facilitator, welcoming new Cast, Crew, Imagineers and Operating Participants to the Walt Disney Company and Disney Cruise Line. This makes her an excellent candidate to explain the Trust and Teamwork portion of THRIVE.

Leslie has been married for 20 years to Stephen and has two bonus sons, Zayne and Xavier. Her passions include long distance running and yarn arts.

Leslie B. LaForty
District 84 Logistics Manager, 2021-Present
VP Membership, World Toasters, 2023 – 2025

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. How to build a formidable team
  2. Why Teamwork is important to training
  3. Active listening
  4. The importance of effective feedback
  • Project 1: Baseline Speech
    • Deliver a 4-6 minute Icebreaker Speech (why do you want to THRIVE?)
    • Record this first speech; Include a link for the recording in your submission
  • Project 2: Active Listening
    • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech about Active Listening
      • What did you learn about active listening?
      • How will you use active listening going forward?
      • What aspects of TM emphasize active listening?
      • How can active listening improve team functionality?

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Attend TLI or other District Training Session
  • Work with another member to create a workshop for the club
  • Mentor a new member in your club
  • Shadow a club officer and attend a club officer meeting
  • Attend another club’s meeting and bring learning to your club
  • Conduct a roundtable to brainstorm training ideas for the club

The secret to humor is surprise.
– Aristotle​

The objective of this class is to equip participants with a comprehensive set of strategies for utilizing humor to:

  • engage audiences
  • enhance messaging
  • create memorable audience experiences

Attendees will discover strategies to effectively incorporate humor into their presentations.

Requirements to earn the letter H:
  • Date & Time
    • September 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Marjane Taylor’s bio

Marjane Taylor
Find Your Funny Toastmasters

Trainer Bio:

I became a Toastmaster in 2015 when the Captain of the Naval facility where I worked tasked me with starting a club for our employees. I had no idea what Toastmasters was, but after attending my first meeting, I fell in love with it. Since joining, I have held every leadership role at the club level, served as an Area Director three times, and will be a Division Officer in 2025.

My biggest leap in personal development came when I became the President of the Find Your Funny Toastmasters club. This club has given me immense support and guidance, helping me to come out of my shell and become the vibrant and quirky speaker and leader I was always meant to be.

Francine Juhlin, DTM
The Warrior Princess
of Personal Change
#TurnYourOyToJoy

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. Speechcraft
  2. Body Language
  3. Vocal Variety
  4. Using the Stage
  • Project 1: World Champion Body Language
    • Watch a World Championship speech (examples available in Additional Videos)
    • Deliver a 2-3 minute evaluation on their use of body language and vocal variety
  • Project 2: Themed Meeting
    • Serve as Toastmaster of the Day and create a themed meeting requiring the use of body language and/or vocal variety
      • Example: Table Topics conducted entirely without sound to emphasize body language
  • Project 3: Speech (select one of the following)
    • Character Development: research or develop a character and bring it to life in a 5-7 minute speech
    • Leadership Development: share your leadership style using humor in a 5-7 minute speech

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Attend or participate in an Area or Division contest as a contestant or functionary
  • Work with another member to create a workshop for the club (suggestion: Improv)
  • Attend a Find Your Funny Toastmasters meeting
  • Attend a Laughter Yoga session

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
– Theodore Isaac Rubin

The objective of this class is to explore the positive effects of recognition for:

  • other Toastmasters
  • individuals in the community
  • and oneself

Attendees will learn to think outside the box regarding recognition and will brainstorm strategies to enhance their toolbox.

Requirements to earn the letter R:
  • Date & Time
    • October 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Oscar is committed to positively impacting every person he meets. His background is growing up in France, Germany and Switzerland and speaking three languages. Oscar brings the unique perspective of a diverse background with having served overseas as a US Army officer and over 20 years of working in Disney Finance.

He is now President of the Disney Club World Toasters, and Area 53 Director, as well as a member of several other Disney Area club.

Oscar has a goal of bringing the World together with joy and laughter.

Oscar Kaalstad

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. Why rewards are important
  2. The psychology behind rewards
  3. Ideas for recognition
  4. Creating WOW moments within the club
  • Project 1: Positive Reinforcement
    • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech on the Power of Positive Reinforcement
      • Include examples of what that may look or sound like for you
  • Project 2: Self Recognition
    • Review your Baseline Speech (recorded in letter T)
      • What praise can you offer your Baseline?
      • How have you grown? Recognize that growth.
  • Project 3: Recognize Another
    • Deliver a 2-3 minute toast to another member recognizing their achievements and/or efforts

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Participate as a functionary in a contest (your club, another club, Area, or Division)
  • Write encouraging notes, emails, or texts to other members providing encouragement for one month
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness in or outside the club 
  • Share ideas for recognition with your club officers
  • Work with another member to create a workshop for the club (suggestion: appreciation and recognition)

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
– Maya Angelou

The objective of this class is to explore diverse methods for gaining inspiration which will:

  • create innovative ideas for new speeches and presentations
  • motivate work teams
  • support business communications

Attendees will gain techniques to inspire others within their clubs as well as in personal and professional relationships..

Requirements to earn the letter I:
  • Date & Time
    • November 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Mark Gai is an in-demand executive coach, TEDx speaker and world traveler. He is an expert in body language, leadership development, and persuasive communication in marketing and sales.

Mark reached the semi-finals of the largest public speaking contest in the world and placed in the top 100 speakers worldwide according to Toastmasters International in 2015. His communication leadership podcast and YouTube Channel “Speak Brave,” reaches international audiences with messages of inspiration and hope.

As an executive coach and mentor in the technology, nonprofit, and banking industries, Mark has over 25 years of business and sales experience. Mark works with business leaders to help increase enterprise revenue.

A big believer in giving back, Mark supports a number of educational organizations worldwide, as he is a frequent keynote speaker on sales storytelling, empowerment, high-performance goal achievement, and authentic leadership.

Mark Gai

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. Conveying a positive message
  2. Looking for inspiration
  3. Using stories to reach the audience
  4. How to be an inspiration to someone else
  • Project 1: What Inspires You
    • Share what inspires you with others (choose one of the following)
      • Write a blog
      • Start a podcast (or speak as a guest on a podcast)
      • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech
  • Project 2: Inspiring Grammar
    • Serve as Grammarian and listen for inspiring ideas
  • Project 3: Inspirational Evaluation
    • Evaluate another speaker and focus on inspiration

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Serve as a Club Coach or New Club Mentor
  • Mentor an individual member in your club
  • Deliver an inspirational moment at the beginning of a club meeting (meeting role on agenda)
  • Conduct Table Topics using motivational prompts

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
– Muhammad Ali

The objective of this class is to explore the benefits of volunteering both within and outside the club.

Attendees will foster personal growth through creative means such a mentoring, participating in charitable activities, or taking on roles and officer positions within the club or District.

Requirements to earn the letter V:
  • Date & Time
    • December 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Randall Crosby’s biography

 

Randall Crosby

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. Focus on others
  2. Ways to pay it forward
  3. The rewards of giving back
  4. People who have affected the world by volunteering
  • Project 1: Impact through Volunteering
    • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech on a person or group who have made an impact through volunteering
  • Project 2: Visit an International Club
    • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech on your experience

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Volunteer at a local charity either on your own or as a club event
  • Volunteer at an Area, Division, or District event
  • Volunteer as a functionary at a contest
  • Record and share Random Acts of Kindness

Empowerment isn’t a buzzword among leadership gurus. It’s a proven technique where leaders give their teams the appropriate training, tools, resources, and guidance to succeed.”
– John Rampton

The objective of this class is to integrate training, humor, recognition, inspiration, and volunteering into a powerful presentation. Attendees will learn effective strategies that will aid them in:

  • delivering a well-designed message
  • overcoming challenges of being on stage (nerves, heckling, etc.)
  • maintaining a positive, confident attitude 

Attendees will acquire the tools to craft strong, effective communications for business, Toastmasters, and everyday life.

Requirements to earn the letter E:
  • Date & Time
    • January 2024
  • Physical Location
  • Hybrid/Online Information
  • Registration Link

Trainer Bio:

Edith Tiencken brings over 30 years of expertise in driving business growth and developing human potential. Renowned for her ability to facilitate positive cultural change and build high-performance teams, Edith excels in creating targeted strategies that leverage leaders’ unique strengths.

Her commitment to innovation and agility in the workforce is underscored by her role as a proponent of Neuro-Agility™ and the Neuroscience of Learning. As a Certified Master Facilitator and Practitioner with NeuroLink, Edith integrates emotional intelligence and neuroscience into her approach.

Edith’s career has spanned executive roles and business consulting across diverse industries, including Financial Services, Mental Healthcare, and Talent Management Consulting Solutions. Her global experience extends to the US, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

As a powerful speaker, Edith has influenced thousands at private enterprises, educational and professional organizations. Her certifications include Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Strategy Facilitator, Design Thinking Facilitator, Project Management (PM), and Distinguish Toastmaster (DTM) recognition.

Edith possesses Post Graduate studies in Organizational Psychology and Business Administration, Leadership and Process Consulting from GE Management School and Digital Transformation Strategies from MIT.

Edith Teincken

Founder & CEO
Smart Brain Insights (SBI, Inc.) 

Executive Partner
NeuroLink, Inc.

  • Agenda
  • Take Aways
  • Homework

Check back after the Instructor Led Course to watch the recording.

  1. Know your audience
  2. Using technology
  3. Putting it all together, Effective Storytelling
  4. How to create an effective presentation
  • Project 1: Using Technology
    • Deliver an empowering 5-7 minute speech written using technology (suggestion: AI)
  • Project 2: Review Baseline Speech
    • Watch your Baseline Speech from T. How have you grown?
  • Project 3: Why?
    • Deliver a 5-7 minute speech on the reason you joined Toastmasters

Deliver a 5-7 minute speech for each elective you choose.

  • Compete in a contest
  • Provide an engaging introduction to a speech
    • This is separate from the speech itself
    • What would you share with a stranger so they can introduce you to present your speech
  • Work with the VPPR to promote your club/meeting
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  – Walt Disney

The purpose of the capstone project, and of the entire THRIVE Journey, is for the participating member to consider how they can make the greatest positive impact within their club and throughout District 84.

Requirements to complete your THRIVE Journey:
  • Deliver and record an 8-10 minute speech on lessons learned in this program
    • “Now that I’m THRIVING, here’s what I learned…”
  • Include recording link on final submission.

 

  • Additional Resource: Toastmasters Champions
  • Remember to submit ALL of your THRIVE speeches in Pathways
    • The requirements for your THRIVE Journey also satisfy many projects/speeches in Pathways and you should get credit for the work you have done!

How do I submit my THRIVE Journey letters?

For each letter in THRIVE, there are required components and elective components.

Once all components for a letter have been completed, please submit your journey using the form below. (This means you will need to submit at least 7 times in order to earn your THRIVE Journey Award).

Documentation for completed speeches or roles can include:

  • A copy of the agenda with your name and speech information
  • A signed letter or email from the club VPE confirming your completion of the speech project

THRIVE Toastimonials

Meet the Creator of THRIVE

Sandy has served as Area Director 2017-2018, Division Director 2018-2019, Conference Chair and Education Chair 2019-2020.  She was awarded Division Director of the Year 2019.

Outside of Toastmasters, Sandy has been a Walt Disney Cast Member for almost 30 years and retired in 2019. She was awarded Partners in Excellence in the year 2000. Her most recent role is with the Holiday Inn Club Vacations as a Club Counselor. 

Her passion lies in creativity, education and events to create a well-balanced lifestyle and more joyful world around us.

That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” –  Walt Disney.

Sandy DePrimo, DTM
T.H.R.I.V.E. Creator
Area 50 Director
VPE, World Toasters
VPE, The Toast of Celebration
Treasurer, Hunters Creek TM