After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him to "keep his day job". Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn't listen.
He may have been born without a funny bone in his body, but Darren possessed the desire to learn and the willingness to fail. These were the essentials for achieving his dream. This self-proclaimed student of comedy is living proof that anything can be learned.
Less than nine years later, in 2001, Darren LaCroix outspoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. He did it with a very funny speech. Some said it was one of the best speeches in the history of the contest.
Derek is the Chief Financial Officer for United Asia Financial (China) Group, where he has worked for nine years. Derek holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and also a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as well as an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He was also a board member of Hong Kong Friends of Scouting in 2011-2012, where he was responsible for financial strategies and social activities.
A Toastmaster since 2007, Derek is a charter member of his home club, Oasis Toastmasters, in Hong Kong. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.
Sam Cawthorn is the CEO and Founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe. Author of 7 books including 2 International Best Sellers, he is both the Young Australian Of The Year and the Edupreneur of the Year. In 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident which left him with an amputated right arm and permanent disability in his right leg. Sam went on to become one of the worlds most in demand global professional speakers. In 2013 Sam became an entrepreneur and built his training company which now runs events globally teaching how to master communication for influence.
The registration amount covers a 3 day pass for accommodation on 24th and 25th night, Dinner on 24th, Lunch and Dinner on 25th, and Lunch on 26th.
Yes! The ‘All Access Pass’ allows you to attend the entire conference (meals included) without having to stay at the hotel. It is priced at 8000 INR.
Buy a day pass for the days you would like to attend.
Single occupancy is just the double of Twin sharing rate. For one Toastmaster and a non Toastmaster in the room, the charges would be INR 8000 + 8500.
Room partner preference will be given priority unless there are any last minute changes at the venue.
Room allotment will be done according to responses received.
Kids under 5 can share bed with parents. Approx cost for kids above 5 with an extra bed will be about INR 3500 per night.
For guests, 2 night stay (24-26 May) is INR 8500. However, if your spouse will be arriving with you and staying on 23rd May night as well, an additional INR 4250 will be required to be paid.
Yes, additional night to be charged proportionately @ INR 4250 at the Hotel.
Please register for day passes.
Registration is non-transferable. On cancellation, a member can transfer the registration, but the prevalent rate will be applicable for the buyer. The difference between the “Registered amount” and the “prevalent rate” is to be paid to the District.
If Districts buys back the registration, then the District will deduct this difference before any refund is processed.
You have 2 options:
1. Continue with early bird twin sharing option, find a partner to stay with/ specify your requirements for accommodation partner.
2. If you wish to upgrade to single occupancy now (at prevailing prices), register again and pay the balance amount. Mention clearly in the comments- the reason for re-registration and amount paid.
All Toastmasters must be registered individually.
In the registration form, they may mention the kind of accommodation they have opted for and if they are already paid for (because of single occupancy).
Any guests – (friends/ spouses/kids) need not be registered in the form. However, the person booking the single occupancy room must mention the number of guests tagging along with her/him and also if they have any accommodation requirements.