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Tuesday Meeting Sessions:

NOTE -  This page lists our scheduled speakers for the following 3 Quarterly Programs:


Power Lunch - April 13th


Prime Time Dinner - May 11th


Pizza Panel Program - June 8th


Please scroll down to view all speakers scheduled for these Tuesday Meeting Sessions!

PowerTalk Power Lunch Program

Sharon Johnson

Our Meeting Program Emcee

Meeting Theme:

A Life Worth Living

Favorite Quote:

"A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets." 

- Gary W. Keller

Brief Bio:

 Sharon lives in Hugo, MN with her husband Jim and 2 cats. She recently retired after 30 years of teaching 4th and 5th grades, and then became involved with jewelry sales and fashion for 10 months. Sharon enjoys travel, Bible study, reading nonfiction, music, chocolate, the cabin, and coffee.

Sam Hogan

10-15 min. Keynote

Speech Title:

10 Myths About Musicing

Description:

This Speech will highlight 10 myths I've come across as both an amateur and professional (aka paid, not unskilled) musician and teacher. I will disprove each of them!

Learning Objectives:

To defy people's assumptions about those who do Music and inspire them to try it out for the first time or resume a musical activity from their past.

Brief Bio:

Samantha Hogan is a composer and private music instructor based out of Plymouth, MN. Fueled by coffee, compassion, and a combustible imagination, her music is influenced by a variety of styles from Classical, Rock, Jazz and Video Game music. Her works encompass chamber, solo, multimedia, and large ensemble pieces. Please visit www.SamanthaHogan.com for more information


Charlie Kundinger

15-30 min. Mini-workshop

Speech Title:

The Importance of Bee-ing!

Description:

Our world is challenged by the possibility that the honey bee might become extinct. Today Charlie will share some of the facts of why this could happen, what we would lose if they did and what you might do to help save our world's most important pollinator. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • What is threatening the honey bee's existence?
  • What would our world lose if we lost this major pollinator?
  • How can you help support the honey bee?
  • Why am I raising honey bees?
  • Fascinating facts about the honey bee.  

Brief Bio:

Over many years, Charlie Kundinger learned that to work through transitions, he had to take risks and act, move forward, if he was to realize dreams and grow.  After retiring from his home remodeling business of thirty-five years, he took a risk and transitioned to a children’s author.  He published Wyatt’s Big Day and its message of choosing courage over fear.  This book can provide parents with opportunities to address their children’s fears through reading, discussing, and sharing fears.  This process can teach children how to build courage-behaviors that will help them throughout life.  Transitions will always be a part of our life so choose courage over fear and enrich your life.

PowerTalk Prime Time Dinner Program

Greg Scholz

Our Meeting Program Emcee

Meeting Theme: Be There!

Favorite Quote: "My family taught me about that, about being the leader, being there for your teammates and caring about everything during the

                                         game, after the game, before the game." - Yadier Molina

Brief Bio: As an accomplished speaker, Chief Enthusiasm Officer, Oracle Coder, and Amateur Tricky Person, Greg has learned the value of being there. With enthusiasm, humor and a different light on the things we do daily, audiences have been entertained and learned how to give the gift of being there. Greg lives in Esko MN, with his lovely wife, a few kids, a Model T Ford, and a cat or two.

Jim Emery

4-6 min. Ice Breaker #1

Speech Title:

The Scam Call

Description:

The worst communication is the communication you don't even want. Enter the scam call. Release your latent wiretapper as you listen in to Jim's!

Learning Objectives: None, other than a little fun.

Brief Bio:

Specializing in all things vocal, Jim Emery brings over 30 years of vocal experience to his speaker and singer coaching.   As a leader in public performance judging, Jim brings a wealth of insights based on years of judging, coaching, and performing.

  • Solid vocal fundamentals
  • Extensive vocal performance
  • Professional performance judging
  • Multifaceted coaching
  • Audio & video recording 

David Goldsworthy, DTM

4-6 min. Ice Breaker #2

Speech Title:

Zoom

Description:

An Icebreaker paints a verbal picture of segments of the speaker's life and is designed to help people get to know one another.  This allows the course attendees to become acquainted with course content and expectations.

Learning Objectives:

The speech illustrates how an effective initial presentation includes clarity of purpose and the message is relevant to the subject matter. It is concise, interesting, presented informally while considering the audience and with good use of pace, pitch and pausing.

Brief Bio:

David lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his wife, Jo-Ellen. He is semi-retired and has owned a small business for thirty years. He has been actively involved with communication and leadership programs since the early nineties. He has delivered a great many speeches and presentations to schools, colleges and universities, to businesses and service clubs and, would you believe, continues to be nervous before speaking in front of an audience be it in person or virtual.

Helen Groethe, DTM

5-7 min. Bonus Speech

Speech Title:

Celebration!

Description:

Leadership Development, Increasing Knowledge

Level three - Inspire Your Audience

This project addresses how to present a speech in an enthusiastic and inspiring fashion to establish a strong rapport with your audience.

Learning Objectives: 

The purpose of this project is to practice writing and delivering a speech that inspires others.

Brief Bio: 

Our speaker today has been involved in Toastmasters over nigh on twenty- five. She has held every club office position, been an Area Director 5 times, Division Director, Chief judge and Silent Auction Chair. She has delivered well over 750 speeches (but who’s counting). She has also competed in numerous contests and earned 5 Distinguish Toastmaster awards. When she isn’t at a Toastmaster meeting or preparing for one, she reads, journals, sews and has made over 75 quilts, and is the president of the Eden Valley Area Library.

Tile of Speech: Celebration

Speaker: Helen Grothe, DTM

Speaker: Helen Grothe, DTM

Title of Speech: Celebration

Eric Schurr

10-15 min. Keynote

Speech Title:

Be Yourself!

Description:

It seems we all believe in the value in Diversity of personality, philosophy, and thought.  So why do most of us find ourselves "following the crowd" so often? In this speech, I'll walk through these topics and offer some tips and techniques to make sure we're bringing what any us group/team/situation needs and that's for us to "Be Ourselves"   

Learning Objectives:

  • Create own your definition of "Success" by telling people exactly who you are and what you want to achieve.
  • When to follow and when to Lead?: While it's always important to be ourselves, that doesn't mean we always get our way.
  • How to make sure we're always improving Ourselves and Everyone around us?

Brief Bio:

Eric has been in and around the IT industry for 15 years, leading IT teams to not just deliver a Successful Product but to build their own Cadence and Culture that has influenced other teams around the organization.    Eric loves helping teams get away from the "Command & Control" culture and start driving themselves.

Roman Pundyk, DTM

15-30 min. Mini-workshop

Speech Title:

You're Just a Number!

Description:

Identity (ID) theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit fraud.

The identity thief may use your information to apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and money to restore your good name.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to spot Identity Theft and what to do
  • Common Scams and Fraud and how to stay safe
  • How to spot Online Scams
  • How to protect your privacy
  • How to report scams and frauds

Brief Bio:

Roman is an award-winning international speaker, author, and Identity Theft protection advisor.  He is also an Independent Contractor with Colonial Life.  His leadership and sales training experience includes offering high-content interactive workshops designed to increase both individual and team productivity. He is often invited to present his motivational workshops for various corporations and Fortune 500 companies and works with industries such as real estate, automotive industry, financial services, and multi-level marketing groups.

His workshop topics include: Leadership, Communication, Sales Training, Team Building, Goal Setting, Presentation Skills, and his highly popular Identity Theft Protection Programs.

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM

30-45 min. Locknote

Speech Title: 

Maximize Your Potential!

Description:

In this mini-presentation, we will briefly examine how attitude impacts success and the five secrets all successful people know for higher goal achievement. Learn tips and strategies for overcoming challenges and attain higher levels of personal and business success!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the starting point for all achievement
  • Identify what drives our level of success
  • Learn strategies to maintain FOCUS
  • Briefly examine how attitude impacts success
  • Learn 5 simple secrets all successful people  know and have in common

Brief Bio:

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk is an award-winning international speaker, #1 best selling international author, success strategist, and small business speakers’ coach.

She is a human relations subject matter expert who delivers programs that result in leadership development, improved communication, increased sales, and organizational growth.

In addition to offering her own powerful on-site presentations for small businesses and corporations, she invites you to participate in her unique content-rich, interactive, high value networking and professional development learning experience as a Power Pal Member of the PowerTalk Power Club! www.powertalkseminars.com

PowerTalk Pizza Panel Program

Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM

Our Meeting Program Emcee

Brief Bio: Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk is an award-winning international speaker, #1 best selling international author, success strategist, and small business speakers’ coach.  She is a human relations subject matter expert who delivers programs that result in leadership development, improved communication, increased sales, and organizational growth.  

In addition to offering her own powerful on-site presentations for small businesses and corporations, she invites you to participate in her unique content-rich, interactive, high value networking and professional development learning experience as a Power Pal Member of the PowerTalk Power Club! 

PowerTalk Pizza Panel Program

Michael Carlton, DTM

Panel Speaker #1 

Speech Title:

How to Buy a Used Car


Description:

Of the many tasks we must fulfill in our adult lives, most people would consider shopping for a used car to be one of the worst.  Most people would rather shop for houses, go to the dentist, shop for insurance, or even do their taxes than go car shopping.  Most people are intimidated when it comes to purchasing a new or used vehicle. They are overly complex machines that the general public has little knowledge about.   Most people's knowledge comes from friends, or Dad which is commonly about 30 years outdated, or the favorite, "Talk Radio" shows which are usually speculation, sensational, or complaint forums.  Learn a few simple tips to make this task a much less stressful task.


Learning Objectives: N/A

Brief Bio:

After 24 years in the auto industry, Michael sought out new opportunities in 2015, which lead him into the insurance industry.  This transition allowed him the independence of self-employment and the flexibility required to be a single parent.  His experience in the auto industry as a collision technician, auto mechanic, salesman, and manager, gives him unique experience in his new industry, especially during the claims process. 

Lori Ziebarth

Panel Speaker #2

Speech Title:

Second Chances


Description:

We make a million snap judgments every day.  But at some point each day - you too are the subject of someone's snap judgement.  So how well do you do?  In this speech, Lori Ziebarth tells some tales of first impressions, how those judgments worked out, and the lessons available to all.


Learning Objectives:N/A

Brief Bio:

With more than two decades of experience in television news and communications, Lori Ziebarth has seen the power words have on the heart, mind, and soul.  Words can create chaos and calm, thoughtlessness and thoughtfulness, indifference and interest.  Because of this, Lori feels a great responsibility to her audience to convey messages that are crisp, concise, and clear.

As communications manager for U.S. Bank, Lori is responsible for ensuring that staff and clients are engaged and informed.  She holds three degrees – an associates in business, a bachelors in television news, and a masters in communications management.  But Lori's greatest accomplishment is being the single mom of two active and successful young men – ages 21 and 16.

Jane Schuette, M.A/DTM

Panel Speaker #3

Speech Title:

SOS-Manage My Stress: Sailing Through the Stormy Seas of Stress with Ease


Description:

Stress is a part of life. Some is good. Not enough is downright boring. And too much, TOO MUCH, swamps our soul. The constant change and uncertainty in the world require a back-to-basics approach to stress management. This presentation is designed to energize and motivate you to apply a practical and research-backed strategy for sailing through your stress so it stops swamping you.   


Learning Objectives: N/A

Brief Bio:

Jane is an award-winning speaker and author. Throughout a lifetime of research, she has collected the most effective practices and chosen tools designed to educate, energize, and inspire you to manage stress.  Her audience is diverse – from global corporation employees to educators, from U.S. Armed Forces to women inmates. Jane's message is easy to digest and implement, helping you to sail through the stormy seas of stress with ease!  Her first book, Building Your Brilliance: Move from Stressful Survival to Joyful Living, features a toolkit to help you manage stress and uncover your brilliance!  Her second book, The Building Your Brilliance 5-Minute Journal, helps you find peace within the storms of stress and navigate to brilliance in just 5 minutes a day.  Jane lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and is delighted to have her children and grandchildren nearby for plenty of play time in the exhilarating Minnesota seasons.

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