Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: I’m brand new to Toastmasters, so will the conference be over my head?

Answer: As a matter of fact, it’s a terrific idea to attend a conference as early in your Toastmasters journey as possible, if only for hot insider tips about communication and leadership. The workshops and presentations are geared to all levels. Whether you are a newbie to Toastmasters or have been around for a long time, it’s a win-win when you join us at the Spring Conference 2013.

Question: How can I get the most out of the weekend?

Answer: Why not invite your Toastmaster pals to join you at the conference, make a point of meeting new people or even deliver a workshop? Or do them all.

Keep in mind the many terrific volunteer opportunities to help with photography, translation, introducing speakers and registration.

If you’re new, it’s a perfect way to meet people.

Don’t hesitate to contact our volunteer coordinator, [click]Rick Holloway, to discuss how you can lend a hand.

Question: I'm looking for someone to share a ride and/or accommodations. Can you help?

Answer: We set up a Facebook page to make it easy! You don’t even need a Facebook account, as you can just post your request on the Wall.

Also, you’ll have a chance to look into rides and room sharing at the upcoming Division contests, where we’ll be doing publicity campaigns for the conference. We’ll briefly invite all registrants to the front of the contest venue, so you’ll know who’s who and you can take it from there.

Question: Is there a dress code for the weekend?

Answer: No, absolutely not! Most attendees lean to casual but you’ll also see some folks dressed in business clothes.

Eveningwear is appropriate for the banquet and dance on Saturday night. You’re welcome to wear something a bit fancier than your daytime attire or dress up to the nines.

If you’d like to play along with the conference theme, you can dress up in your favourite secret agent gear or simply wear your sunglasses.

Question: Do I need to bring my own writing paper and file folder?

Answer: Great idea, unless you’re just toting along your techie tools! When you arrive at the registration desk, you’ll be given a bag and a booklet that tells you all about the conference. The booklet contains a schedule of events, a valuable map of event locations inside the hotel (hang onto it!), workshop descriptions, and more. The bag makes a great place to keep your notes handy — you’ll want to jot down ideas and details for later.

Question: I only understand one official language. How will I manage?

Answer: You’ll manage A-Okay! We’ll provide simultaneous translation for the keynote address, the special Friday evening workshop by our keynote speaker and (a first this year) the District business meeting. Headphones will be available for your convenience.

Note that when contests are scheduled in one official language, we offer workshops in the other official language. So you can attend contests or workshops in the official language of your choice. There’ll always be something for you.

There may be moments between events in which the translation services are not meeting your needs. If so, don’t hesitate to head to the tech desk in the main reception area to request help. We’re here to ensure services in both official languages.