I’m new to Toastmasters. Will the conference be over my head?

It’s great to attend a conference as early as possible in your Toastmasters journey. The workshops and presentations are geared for everyone, including guests, and you’ll meet members from across the Maritime Provinces and Northeastern United States. Whether you are a newbie or have been around for a while, there’s something for everyone at the Spring Conference.

What should I expect at the Spring Conference?

When you arrive on Friday you’ll immediately start meeting other Toastmasters. Friday evening is also the First Timers reception and the Tall Tales Extravaganza, a collection of far-fetched tales by Toastmasters that are sure to entertain.

Saturday kicks off with a group breakfast, followed by compelling educationals on topics such as communication, personal development and leadership. You will walk away feeling inspired as you join your fellow Toastmasters for the Awards Luncheon. Later that afternoon is the International Speech Contest, where some of the strongest speakers in the district compete to advance to the next level of competition. Saturday evening, join your fellow members at the District Governor’s Banquet, followed by Open Mic Night, where you’ll discover the secret talents of fellow members…or even share some of your own.

Sunday morning starts off with a group breakfast, followed by the Table Topics Contest. During the conference, you can also bid on exciting items at the silent auction or visit the Toastmasters bookstore, which will offer a great selection of titles on leadership and public speaking.

What is included in my conference registration?

The full registration is $150 and includes your meals (including the banquet), all educational sessions, the international speech contest, the table topics contest, and entrance into the hospitality suite.

Please note – accommodation is not included in your registration fee.

If you can’t make the full conference, there is also an a la carte registration option where you can choose the sessions you want to attend. Details and prices for the sessions are on the registration form.

Where will we be staying?

You’ll stay at the Moncton Crowne Plaza, which is the location of the conference.

To get the most out of the weekend, we recommend that you book a room at the hotel, even if you live within commuting distance. That way you can stay and socialize to your heart’s content on Friday and Saturday night and then sleep in before breakfast the next morning. Having a room onsite will also give you a private space for a break if you need it, as well as a place to dress for the Saturday night banquet.

The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Moncton, in the centre of the city’s cultural and business district. Within kilometers of the hotel, you can enjoy the Bay of Fundy’s tidal bores, great entertainment in the Magnetic Hill area, and the best shopping in the region at Champlain Place and Trinity Drive.

When you book your room, be sure to let them know that you’re coming to the Spring Conference so you get the Toastmaster rate and free parking by registering your license plate number.

How can I get the most out of the weekend?

Just take in as much as you can. The weekend will be packed with activities and there will be opportunities to meet new people.

If you want to take it a step farther, there are some terrific volunteer opportunities to help with photography, registration, the silent auction and bookstore. Contact Jeanne Mance Cormier (Jeanne-Mance.Cormier@umoncton.ca) to find out more.

There are also two special events that Toastmasters can participate in. At the Tall Tale Extravaganza, you’ll hear a collection of far-fetched tales delivered by Toastmasters. Contact Horace.Crozier@bellaliant.net for more information or to participate. The Open Mic Night will showcase the talents of fellow members. If you have a special or hidden talent, contact Norma.Pasatieri@gmail.com to participate.

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

The registration form has a section that addresses this. Just answer yes for “I want to share a room” and/or “I want to carpool.” Members of the organizing committee will take note of all requests and then send out a group email so that members can connect with each other and make arrangements.

Is there a dress code for the weekend?

Dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Most attendees lean to casual but you’ll also see some folks dressed in business attire.

Eveningwear is appropriate for the banquet on Saturday night. You’re welcome to wear something a bit fancier or even dress up to the nines.

Where should I park?

Parking at the hotel is free for conference attendees. Just be sure to register your car’s license plate with the front desk. There is plenty of parking in the Hotel’s parking garage.

Please note – Do not park in the former Bay parking lot (Highfield Square) on the south side of Main Street. Any vehicles in that lot will be ticketed and towed.

What if I have special dietary concerns?

If you have dietary restrictions/special needs, please email Anne Bissonnette at abiss@nb.sympatico.ca and she will arrange with the hotel to meet your needs.

Can members of the public able to attend any of the events?

Yes – all events are open to the public for a fee. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance through the conference website. If guests want to participate in any of the meals, tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance.