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Friday Morning

Our Meeting Program Emcee

Name: Steve Compton, DTM

Meeting Theme:  Being of Value to Society

Favorite Quote:  "This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." - George Bernard Shaw

Brief Bio:  Steve has managed people and projects in a variety of industries including manufacturing, security, banking, medical, computers/ services, data integrity, data storage, construction, automation, and government.  With multiple awards as a Distinguished Toastmaster, Steve is both a Public Speaker and Trainer – leveraging his experience as a Storyteller and actor to make his presentations fun and informative.


Meet The Presenters

Jane Schuette, M.A/DTM/GPP

4-6 minute max.
Ice Breaker

Speech Title:

DIY Simple Tips & Tricks!


If you are sick of high-priced cleaning products polluting your home - this is the speech for you. Learn some DIY tricks for everything from hand soaps to shower sprays and more. 

Learning Objectives:

Learn some easy Do-it-Yourself hacks for making life easier and maybe even healthier around the house. 

Brief Bio:

Jane is a high energy, award-winning speaker, and author.  She melds both humor and practical tools to educate and inspire.  Her audience is diverse – from employees to educators, from U.S. Armed Forces to women inmates.  Jane has an infectious enthusiasm for helping audiences build brilliance and sail through the stormy seas of stress!

Gwen Briesmeister

10-15 minute max. Keynote Speech

Speech Title:

Oh Christmas Tree!


The Christmas tree has become an iconic symbol of Christmas.  Many homes across the world have a Christmas tree displayed in their home during the Christmas season, but how do you create the perfect Christmas tree? Gwen will provide you with some tips for creating a perfect Christmas tree as well as some pitfalls that may bring on the holiday blues.

Learning Objectives: 

​​Learn techniques for decorating and selecting Christmas tree decorations.

Brief Bio:

Gwen Briesemeister taught in the public school working with Gifted/Talented students  for 41 years.  Her primarily focus was developing curriculum, enrichment projects and academic competitions for gifted/talented students.  Her worked with gifted students emphasized learning strategies for today's educational and work environment, and helping students to extend their skills beyond the classroom.  After retirement, Gwen has been spending her time developing her documentary production company, Chase Production Film.

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Lori Crever

5-7 minute max.
"How To" Speech

Speech Title:

Tips on Composting


When Lori Crever was a child, growing up in the wilds of Washington County, Minnesota, she observed with curiosity the committed practice of her best friend's father to rinse out glass and aluminum containers, set them aside, and do this newfangled thing called "Recycling."  Later, when Recycling options became easily available in her community and workplaces, Lori began practicing Recycling with enthusiasm, remembering the lessons from her friend's future-thinking engineer father. Subsequently, Lori was introduced to COMPOSTING.  She will share some simple best practices to inspire you to engage in (if you are not already) composting.  This applies even if you do not live on a farm or have a garden.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attributes of Composting

  • Community Availability

  • At-home How To's


Brief Bio:

Lori Crever is the director of strategic partnerships at the Center for Mentoring Excellence and is the author of the book Protégé Power: A Roadmap for Mentorship.  When not speaking on workplace issues of engagement and inclusion, Lori performs improvisational comedy and is a frequent participant in poetry and storytelling events.


Diane Windingland, DTM/SPP

15-30 minute max.

Speech Title:

Mastering Persuasive Presentations!


Do you want to speak with impact? Are you looking to move your audience to action?


In this workshop, you will learn how to transform your presentations using three powerful principles  from Robert Cialdini's "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" - Liking, Social Proof, and Authority. Whether presenting to clients, colleagues, or stakeholders, these insights will elevate your presentations from informative to truly influential.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Build Engagement Through Liking: Master ways to connect personally and increase your likeability, making your presentations more captivating. 

  • Harness Social Proof: Discover how to integrate testimonials and success stories to validate your message and instill trust. 

  • Project Confidence and Authority: Learn techniques to assert your expertise and command attention, ensuring your message is not just heard, but acted upon.

Brief Bio:

Diane Windingland, owner of Virtual Speech Coach, was originally trained as an engineer, but since 2011, has been speaking, coaching, and writing on communication skills, and has

published 10 books.  Diane lives with her husband in Shoreview, MN and dedicates much of her spare time to Toastmasters International.

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