Keynote Speakers and Educationals

The District 72 2024 Conference will host amazing keynote speakers to inspire Toastmasters, as well as educational workshops to improve Toastmaster skills in areas of communication, leadership and/or membership. 

Each educational session will allow conference attendees to pick between at least two options, so you can be sure to attend a workshop that will benefit you. There are three educational sessions across the conference weekend, each running at ~45 minutes.

Please note: information regarding speakers and educationals is being updated on this website, as the information becomes available. 

Educational: Marea Colombo

Marea Colombo has been making things up for as long as she can remember. This skill has led her to be the Artistic Director of Improsaurus, an Ōtepoti-based improvisation troupe. Her PhD in social psychology investigated how we can “see through other people’s eyes,” and she loves intertwining both her academic and creative side. Colombo is the co-creator of multi-award winning company Late Bloomers, a production company which creates unique pieces of art. Marea will share her expertise in impromtu speaking in an educational workshop about overcoming the mental barriers we face when speaking on the spot.

Educational: Jonathan Usher

Jonathan has been a comedy magician since 2003 and performs all over New Zealand and Australia at corporate events, functions, parties, weddings and conferences performing more than 150 shows each year. He is one of New Zealand’s finest comedy magicians. In 2021 at the New Zealand Magicians convention in Auckland, Jonathan cleaned up taking away the awards for the best comedy magician, the best performance of the convention, as well as the best performance in the evening Gala Show. In 2022, the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand awarded him the prestigious Variety Artist of the Year. Jonathan's educational workshop will be helping Toastmasters understand how to use humour in a speech effectively, and what to do when humour goes wrong.


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