Invitation to a Special Evening!

S2 Seminars would like to invite you to a special evening!

Toastmasters District 42 Speech Champion, Russ Dantu is off to compete in the Toastmasters’ World Champion of Public Speaking Finals in August. On July 25, we are Launching Russ to Chicago with an evening of entertainment and enlightenment.

The evening begins with a free autographed copy of Russ’s new book, At Your Service upon your arrival. If you’ve already bought his book, no problem. Russ is offering a “trade-in deal” where you can exchange the book from this evening for one of Russ’ other wonderful products.

Next, you’ll move onto wine and cheese networking. Your first glass of wine is free. More may be purchased for cash, with all proceeds going to the fundraiser. Meet new people and old friends as we mingle before the show and during intermission.

Then, we gather in the historic and beautiful Hillhurst United Church sanctuary for entertainment by some of Russ’ favourite Toastmasters and friends.

  • Emcees, Palmo Carpino and Former District 42 International Speech Champion, Rowena Carlson, promise an evening of hilarity.
  • Former District 42 International Speech Champion and professional performer, Chuck Rose will entertain us with his gift of song.
  • Former District 42 International Speech Champion, Darlene Davies will show us (and Russ) how it’s done!
  • For all those who’ve wondered “what the heck is Cowboy Poetry anyway?” Shelley Goldbeck (me!) will be sharing from her repertoire of original poetry and music.
  • And of course, you’ll get to hear Russ Dantu, himself, as he delivers his two competition speeches.

If that’s not enough, our evening will top with the talents of mentalist, Greg T, who uses, human psychology, illusion and intuition to dazzle his audiences.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards assisting Russ with his expenses. If we reach our goal — in the spirit of uplifting each other — we plan to leave a legacy account for future Toastmaster District 42 International Speech Contest winners.

It seems ambitious, I know, but if you’re willing to treat your favourite someone to a summer evening of entertainment, enlightenment and enchantment, we’ll meet our goals.  Tickets are only available online through the secure registration services provided by our favorite event service provider, Ticketor.

Summer is short and we realize folks are vacationing and busy with family. If you can’t make it, please extend this invitation to someone who might enjoy a night on the town or consider donating money by contacting me directly.

For your convenience, I have attached our event e-Poster. We appreciate your sharing with your network to help us reach our goal of 250 Russ supporters.  Here’s how others can help:

  1. Share our poster.
  2. Buy tickets:
  3. Become an event sponsor. Call Shelley Goldbeck @ 403.606.1379 for details.

We hope to see you there.

Shelley Goldbeck and Susan Cramer

S2Seminars is proud to be the official registration sponsor for the fundraiser to Launch Russ Dantu to Chicago for the 2018 Toastmasters International Speech  Championship.

Professional Photo Shoots Don’t Have to be Scary… Really!

I’ve hired photographers in the past for traditional family portraits. You know — the ones where you can turn sideways and hide behind other family members so not all of you is seen.

My business partner and good friend, Shelley and I decided we needed pro shots for ourselves and the launch of our new venture, S2 Seminars.  As an ex-model, she knew what it was all about.  Until yesterday though, I had never experienced a professional photo shoot where me, and only me, is the centre of attention.  To tell the truth, I was terrified to do it because I have self-image issues.

Well, after working with Trevor Carter at D’Angelo Photography, I can now say with authority that it’s not scary when you have the right photographer!  Here’s a recap of our experience and the process we went through.

  1. We asked people we trusted and whose professional photos we admired to recommend a photographer they had worked with who was talented and fit our budget.  Thank you Russ Dantu for recommending Trevor Carter!
  2. Next came the meet and greet with Trevor to make sure we were comfortable with him  and his work and to select the location for our shoot.  Big checkmark on Trevor’s abilities and our comfort level.  We decided to shoot i260n his studio to help save ourselves some money.
  3. Shelley and I met to make some wardrobe selections, determine any clothing shortfalls, and decide what poses and props we wanted in our photos.  The latter topic included thinking about where we wanted to use our photos going forward (e.g., blog posts, banner images on our website, posters, business cards, etc.).  There was only one tiny fail here, but that was quickly resolved with a trip to Las Vegas and the outlet mall to buy some new clothes for Susan.  (She was headed there anyway so no blowing the budget with this shopping location choice!)
  4. We arrived at Trevor’s studio — D’Angelo Photography — at 1:30 in the afternoon, a little nervous but excited at the same time.  Trevor put some music on to help get us pumped up, we changed into our first outfits and the photography magic began.  It wasn’t long until he had us laughing and feeling like naturals.  Before we knew it, we’d had all our wardrobe changes, used all our props, and run through our list of poses and a few more Trevor added for us.
  5. Less than 6 hours later, Trever had the proofs in our inboxes and the real fun began.  Trying to choose just a handful of the great shots he took!


And that’s all there was to it!

We’ve included a few of our favourite shots in this post.  If you’re ever in need of a professional photographer for whatever reason, Shelley and I highly recommend Trevor Carter at D’Angelo Photography.

And, if you’re stuck trying to figure out which poses, what to wear, where to shoot, or anything else pro shot related, give us a call.  We can help.