Meet our amazing Speakers and Workshop Leaders. They are one of the best ones in their fields.
Let’s look forward to their inspiring talks and workshops covering a range of the hottest topics from the areas of Public Speaking and Leadership skills.
Build Your Influence
TRAINER – TEDxSPEAKER – FOUNDER OF SHELeads
Fifteen years in the corporate arena with roles in marketing, sales and communication, living in 5 different countries across Europe and Asia. Alena has worked with 400+ corporate executives and company founders to help them develop strong communication and influencing skills.
In 2017 she turned her focus on women, helping them succeed in their managerial endeavors while never forgetting who they are. Her online signature program SHELeads takes a holistic approach to leadership. It is designed for ambitious female executives who want to leverage their strengths at work, be great role models for their teams and also have a life beyond work.
Introduction to Mindfulness
TRAINER – TOASMASTER ENTHUSIAST – MINDFULNESS AMBASSADOR
Jana is a corporate trainer and HR professional who, in recent years, found her way to Mindfulness; the art of paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you which can result in improving your mental wellbeing.
Her passion for Mindfulness drove her to becoming a Mindfulness ambassador and practitioner; helping others to find their way to a more balanced and peaceful life.
“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” [William James]
KYLE P BULLUS
BUSINESS COMMUNICATION TRAINER – AUDIENCE CONNECTION COACH – PUBLIC SPEAKER
Over two decades in Toastmasters (hey, who’s counting?), Kyle is from Zürich. He’s English and Swiss, has worked and lived in California, France and India and values Toastmasters’ international outlook.
Early, extreme wilderness adventures taught him how to deal with fear. He is an Audience Connection Coach – a professional calling he developed thanks to … Toastmasters. Uniquely, he helps people get past their fears of public speaking through cold water immersion and breathing techniques.
An open water swimmer, snow biker and trail rider, Kyle enjoys the outdoors. He also loves the stage, the thrills of improv and co-hosts a regular storyteller group.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” [Jim Rohn]
Serious with Icebreakers: How to Create Memorable Experiences
REGION ADVISOR FOR EUROPE – FULL-TIME BUSINESS FACILITATOR IN MSD – PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS LEADER
Lukas is a Business Facilitator and Design Thinker (translate: Team Productivity Coach) working in a global IT center of a big pharma company. He delivered his first Toastmasters workshop in June 2014 in Rome, Italy. It was awful. Since then however he collected a lot of experience – and these days, his employer flies him to places like Texas, New Jersey or Singapore to deliver workshops and soft-skill trainings. Always passionate about Toastmasters, Lukas is running a
Facebook page Toast of the Wild East where he shares tips for ambitious Toastmasters – almost daily.
“Most people don’t fail because of strategy. They simply quit too early.” [Austin Belcak]
The Fun Factor
BODY LANGUAGE & CHARISMA EXPERT – SPEAKER – FACILITATOR – FINALIST IN EUROPEAN HUMOROUS SPEECH CHAMPIONSHIP
Marc Schuck alias Mappo has over 35 years of stage experiences, as a clown, comedian and entertainer. He is a dance sport trainer, dance sport judge and expert for body language and fun. Today he works successfully as entertainer, speaker and facilitator.
“Happiness is not reaching a goal. Happiness is being on the way” [Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder]
The Walt Disney Creativity Strategy
NPL MASTER PRACTICIONER – WORKSHOP LEADER – PUBLIC SPEAKER
Márton used to study chemical engineering before he realized
he finds people a lot more fascinating than he does machines.
He then turned to psychology, and started teaching statistic to
He has been in toastmasters for six years, he’s been the VP of Education for three years which he believes is the coolest role ever, and also spent a year as the President of the Saturday Toastmasters club, which he believes is the friendliest club in the whole of Budapest. He makes terrible puns and takes no responsibility for the visceral pain you may feel when hearing them.
“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original” [Ken Robinson]
Never be so sure of what you want that you would not accept a better offer (Negotiation)
20 YEARS A TOASTMASTER – MENTORING ASPIRING SPEAKERS
“Use everything for your growth, upliftment and learning.”
“Do not hurt yourself and do not hurt others”
“Take care of yourself so that you may choose to take care of others.”
When the Heart Shivers
COMPASSIONATE MENTAL & PHYSICAL FITNESS COACH – EXXON MOBILE SPEACH CHAMPION
Monika is an enthusiastic Toastmaster, who joined the ranks only recently to fly through first 2 levels and 8 speeches in 6 weeks to be able to compete in the International speeches competition.
She is a passionate dancer, avid singer, very curious learner, mother of 2 (both children and dogs, 2 of each) and a compassionate mental & physical fitness coach. She has discovered her newly found love for public speaking connects all those areas of her life and helps her grow not only as a speaker but also as a person.
“Eduacation is not the filling of a pail (bucket), but the lighting of a fire.”
Intercultural Communication with Cultural Competence
DOCTORATE CANDIDATE OF CULTURAL STUDIES – DISTINGUISHED TOASTMASTER – DIVISION 95 DIRECTOR
Olga was born in Russia, and has been working and studying in Germany for 10 years. Building intercultural teams is her great strength.
This year she governs the biggest Toastmasters Division in the District 95 that includes 29 Toastmasters clubs speaking English, German, French and Chinese. Recently she sponsored a successful Toastmasters breakfast club that unites people of 14 different nationalities. Currently she writes a PhD in American Cultural studies.
“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” [unknown]
Slicing the Salami
DEBATE COACH – REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT – PUBLIC SPEAKER
Last time he gave a workshop at Residential Weekend, it was his last live event, and two weeks later, the world went into lockdown. Let’s hope this time will be different…
When Percy Roland first stumbled into a Toastmasters meeting over 16 years ago, little did he know how much it would change his life. Not only did he meet fascinating people from all walks of life, made friends all over Europe, and developed public speaking skills he never knew he had: Toastmasters also helped him practise skills that turned out to be extremely useful in his profession.
As a luxury real estate consultant in the international resort city of Marbella, Percy is livin’ la vida loca, dealing with wealthy, sometimes capricious, and often difficult clients from all over the world. What to say, when to say it, how to say it – and when to say nothing at all: communication is the key to success in this business, from the first meeting to the final negotiations.
In his Toastmasters life, he is a past winner of D59 Table Topics contest, multiple finalist in the International Speech Contest, and organizer of the Debating Tournament “Game of Words”.
“Keep buggering on.” [Winston Churchil]
How to Deliver ENERGY
2022 DISTRICT 110 CONTEST WINNER (INTERNATIONAL SPEECH / HUMOROUS SPEECH / 2nd PLACE IN TABLE TOPICS CONTEST) – VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION – ENERGETIC TOASTMASTER
Susanna Lähteelä has been an enthusiastic Toastmaster ever since April 2020. She has delivered speeches throughout this time in competitions, in her home club and as a guest speaker around the District. After her speeches, she frequently received feedback on how energetic her speeches are, so now she has decided to share her so-called “tricks” with you all!
Susanna is looking forward to seeing YOU in Brno in June and sharing the Energy throughout the weekend and her workshop!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” [Wayne Gretzky]
How Your Head, Heart and 6 Hats Can IMprove Your Decision Making
LEARNING FACILITATOR – CHANGE COACH – PUBLIC SPEAKER
Trevor is a Learning Facilitator and Change Coach with over 25 years experience and has been lucky to have delivered learning interventions in 26 countries. Born in Scotland and now based in Prague, Czech Republic.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you are were to live forever.” [Mahatma Gandhi]
Sketch your speech
UNIVERSITY LECTURER – FINALIST OF DIVISION SPEECH COMPETITION – OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF DIVISIN 108A
Programmer, artist and urban sketcher. In the past, also an university lecturer and author of the student book “Human Computer Interface”. The book contains a lot of information about the processing of visual data by the human brain.
Viktoriya has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 5 years, was a finalist of division-level speech competitions, completed 2 Pathways, served as club President, Vice President of Education and Secretary. In 2021, she was awarded as an Outstanding Member in Division 108A.
Viktoryia is the founder of Flying Speaking Elephants – an online magazine where Toastmasters from around the world share their passions in the form of articles, videos, online workshops, interviews, etc.
It’s not just about the Speaker: Crafting an evaluation
BRONZE FINALIST OF DISTRICT COMPETITION – BUSINESS ANALYST – PRESIDENT OF PBT (PRAGUE, CZ)