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Communication, Leadership and Learning Lab for people including Toastmasters wishing to improve their Public Speaking, Communication, Confidence & Leadership Skills
1 Jul 2020
Toastcaster 136: Why Listen to Small Business Owner’s Stories - Paul Finkelstein DTM OMGTalk
[29:33] Sometimes the best way to be a better leader and communicator is to learn from others’ stories. In this episode we hear from Paul Finkelstein who created OMGTalk, the small business owners podcast which he publishes on 5 different platforms. Paul tells us why he created it; how he interviews small business owners and its value to them and other small business owners. Paul also shares his own takeaways and what he has learned from the process. I invited Paul to Toastcaster because when he asked me to be on his show OMGTalk, the four simple questions he indicated he was going to ask I found quite reflective. It forced me to think back and dig deep - which I found quite inspiring. Please have a listen to to our interview on Paul's show. Paul Finkelstein is from Delray Beach, Florida, USA. He’s involved in the Medicare insurance industry and loves running and fundraising. He’s a Distinguished Toastmaster and is the producer of the OMGTalk Podcast. Paul can be reached on all the major platforms and at OMGTalk.com.
1 Jun 2020
Toastcaster 135: A Quest to Learn Arabic while Abroad during Lockdown – Kevin Achtzener
[26:06] Learning a new language while abroad particularly during these unprecedented times can be a challenge yet rewarding. But our eight-time guest, Kevin Achtzener, who is currently overseas with his family in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was certainly up for the quest. In this light-hearted episode, Kevin humbly shares how he was first inspired to learn Spanish the traditional way many years ago and some of the things he learned what not to do as he set upon a quest to learn Arabic – a much more challenging task. Kevin also shares a number of techniques he’s been using like a language exchange as well as some of his valuable resources including: Anki– a Flashcard app, 50Languages– 100 Free Audio lessons; LingQ– which helps you learn a language from content you love and his go to book: Arabic Script Hacking by Judith Meyer, which helped him to learn to read signs. Editors Note: Once you have a good working knowledge of a language, there are also many bilingual Toastmasters clubs around the world one can also check out.
20 May 2020
Toastcaster 134: Lessons Learned from a Journey of Over 12 Million Steps - Greg Gazin
[11:39] For a dedicated athlete or fit individual, walking a minimum of 10k steps a day for almost three years might seem like nothing. For me, a few decades older with ancient injuries walking roughly seven to eight kilometres a day that seems more like a pipe dream. Amazingly, I did it. I never thought I could. In this episode, I share a little about my journey and how beyond the usual benefits of exercise the experience was transformational; I learned new things - many about myself. The text version of this podcast is entitled “What I learned from a Journey of over 11 million steps.” There’s also an earlier related article, “One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life.” The companion podcast is Toastcaster Episode: 90. Articles can be found at Troy Media.com Note: The photo shows me as I reached the 1000-day milestone. As I recorded this podcast 70 days later I had reached 12.3 million steps. Sadly as I publish this podcast my journey has come to an end as a time slot has come up for my long awaited and overdue hernia operation. But I will start again and learn many new things.
1 May 2020
Toastcaster 133: Working Remotely in Unprecedented Times - Chandrashekar LSP, Zoho Corp
[22:06] Many businesses are finding themselves in an emergency state and are desperately looking to ensure smooth continuity. In this episode, Greg speaks with Chandrashekar LSP, Head Evangelist for the Zoho Corporation in Canada. Chandrashekar shares his observations on this new unprecedented business landscape and gives us an insight on what people and businesses can do and tools they can use to shift from typical office environments to the new reality without recreating the wheel Working from home for over 15 years, he also offers his personal take on this subject as he currently has three kids under five years of age at home 24/7 and with his teams in India, and clients, partners, analysts and media in North America and around the world. You’ll hear about Zoho’s Cloud-based business services for all departments in an organization including their new Remotely bundle consisting of 11 of their 45 applications in four categories, including: Internal/External Communications, Project Management, Remote Assistance and a collaborative Office Suite, which Zoho is offering at no charge for a limited time through their Small Business Emergency Assistance Subscription Program to help businesses get through the pandemic. (zoho.com/remotely) Chandrashekar LSP is based in Montreal and has been with Zoho Corporation, a 24-year old privately held company for almost two decades. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Apr 2020
Toastcaster 132: How Isolation in Space Translates to Life on Earth Today – Dr. Shawna Pandya
[22:28] In this episode, Greg speaks with Dr. Shawna Pandya whose three page bio and credentials list includes: physician, scientist-astronaut candidate, teacher and martial artist with degrees in medicine, neuroscience, space studies and more. Dr. Pandya shares with us a little about her journey and about her self-proclaimed Batman/ Bruce Wayne persona while opening up on how she’s been able to live out her childhood dreams. She also shares about how her training prep for space travel has helped her prepare not only to deal with life in a COVID-19 world but also gives us lessons in leadership, communication, teamwork and critical decision-making in a high-risk, high-reward situation that can be applied to anyone, anywhere in our world. This includes her very timely insight on how isolation in space can help us better learn about isolation we’re currently experiencing on Earth. Dr. Shawna Pandya lives in Edmonton, Canada and can be reached at ShawnaPandya.com, or on Twitter & Instagram @ShawnaPandya – when she’s not training in zero-gravity.
28 Mar 2020
Toastcaster 131: Keeping Mentally & Physically Stimulated During Quarantine – Lisa Wentz
[29:31] Keeping the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading has just about put the entire planet into lockdown mode. In this episode, Greg speaks with Lisa Wentz about her short article on LinkedIn about keeping mentally and physically stimulated and engaged and not feeling frozen during this unprecedented quarantine. Lisa shares with us her recent journey of self-isolation. She explains how news overload and too much of the wrong kind of mental stimulation can affect people physically and how we can combat that and ensure we continue to pursue things that are relevant and important to us. Wentz explains how mental stimulation means different things to different people and how we need to find the time to reach out to others, not just those we know. You’ll also discover why getting through these times is not just about balance but about choices we make. You’ll even hear her interesting observations about changes in people like celebrity Stephen Colbert, who was forced to self-isolate, and more. Lisa Wentz is from San Francisco, California and has an extensive background in psychology, professional acting training and live performance. Wentz is also featured in Episode 118 - Grace Under Pressure - A Masterclass in Public Speaking. She can be reached at LisaWentz.com.
1 Mar 2020
Toastcaster 130: Fear: Demystifying the Inner Demon – Donald Lee
[24:42] Although Fear is commonly associated with public speaking, it’s ubiquitous; we find it in many areas of our lives and it can be debilitating. In this episode, Host Greg Gazin speaks with Donald Lee who shares his insights on the origins of our fear; its physiological effects and how we can use our minds to counteract the natural effects of those fears. You’ll also learn why the opposite of fear, is love. Donald Lee is from Peace River, Canada. Now in his 3rd career as a spiritual author and speaker, he’s also been a musician, teacher, band director, athlete, and economist who has over 60 years of dealing with fear across many disciplines. He’s also returned to Toastmasters after a 20-year hiatus. having competed in the 1995 World Championship of Public Speaking. He is one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming District 42 Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta. Lee’s 1st book, published December 2019 is: The Band Director’s Lessons About Life: Volume 1 – 50 Parables on Life’s Performance Cycle - modern-day parables, with stories inspired by his teaching experience. Lee can be reached at ComingHomeSpirit.com. There, listeners can also sign up for a free copy of Lee’s mini e-book containing five of the 50 parables.
1 Feb 2020
Toastcaster 129: Philanthropy at -30 Degrees - Dan Johnstone, a.k.a Can Man Dan
[24:28] It’s amazing what a difference one man can make in the world. In this episode Greg speaks with Dan Johnstone, a.k.a Can Man Dan. Dan shares with us a little about his humble journey about how growing up in a less fortunate environment motivated him at a young age to begin a lifelong journey of helping others in need and make a difference in their lives. He shares some of the tasks, activity and projects he’s taken on, including camping out in a truck for 4-5 days at a time 24/7 in sub-zero, -30 degree Celsius weather to collect much needed food of the Edmonton Food Bank. Dan shares an encouraging message that anyone in the world no matter the age or economic status can also do the same if they take a first step. His actions and leadership in this area are living proof of that. Dan Johnstone is an award-winning activist, philanthropist, community organizer, and motivational speaker. Alongside his newly created non-profit organization, the Can Man Dan Foundation, Dan works hands-on to alleviate poverty, assist vulnerable populations, and strengthen communities in Alberta, Canada. At 32, Dan has already raised millions in resources for people in need while bringing awareness to today’s most relevant issues. Dan lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and can be reached at CanManDan.Org or on his website DanJohnstone.Com. Can Man Dan at Safeway - Southgate Centre
31 Dec 2019
Toastcaster 128: The Rx for Leadership – Daniel Rex, CEO Toastmasters Intl.
[20:39] In a rare live interview opportunity, host Greg Gazin speaks with Daniel Rex, CEO, Toastmasters International during a Fall visit to District 99, Edmonton, Canada. In this episode, Dan talks about why he visited our fair city from Denver, CO and a special connection Dan has to our own Peter Kossowan, a.k.a. Mr. Toastmaster. We also learn a little more about Dan, what he likes to do, interesting things you may not know about him, how he discovered Toastmasters and how he’s evolved since joining the organization over 25 years ago. As the CEO to one of the world’s largest not-for-profit communication and leadership organizations with 358K+ members worldwide, Dan shares some of his valuable leadership wisdom we can learn from. These include his thoughts on change, being a catalyst for change as well as his take on authentic leadership, and more. Please enjoy this informative yet fun interview with Dan as a perfect close for this year and this decade.
16 Dec 2019
Toastcaster 127: Caregiving - The Ultimate Leadership Role - Rick Lauber
[19:56] When we think of caregiving, leadership is not usually the first word to come to mind. But when you research what this often unexpected responsibility requires, you’ll see how it extends beyond a typical leadership role; often done over and beyond one’s day job and usually has emotions attached to it. In this episode Greg speaks with Rick Lauber, Author and former co-caregiver for both his aging parents. Rick shares a little of his journey and offers an honest insight as to what’s involved in really being a caregiver, what skills are needed and how it parallels with that of an organizational leader. Rick shares about how this decade long experience had impacted him as well as some of what he learnt about leadership and about himself as well as what strengths he never knew he had and those skills he needed to learn along the way. The experience lead Rick to publish two best-selling guide books – Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians and The Successful Caregiver’s Guide which we also hear a little about. Rick is from Edmonton, Canada and can be reached at RickLauber.com. Rick also appears in Toastcaster episode #69 and is a former Toastmaster.
1 Dec 2019
Toastcaster 126: Amazon Fire HD 10: Big Screen on a Small Budget
[11:03] On Black Friday our minds seem to wander towards the subject of shopping and for many us, it’s the time to think about getting new gadgets for work, home or when we’re out on the road. In this episode Greg takes a look at the all-new for 2019 Amazon Fire HD 10 which he recently had the opportunity of reviewing. You’ll hear his thoughts on the new model, some of the features, what it can be used for and how it compares to other tablets. It’s a follow up podcast for his upcoming article of the same name, which can be found at GadgetGuy.ca on Dec 1st.
1 Nov 2019
Toastcaster 125: Square Wireless Payment System Helps Improve Your Cashflow
Every leader knows that cashflow is king. Very few use cheques or even carry cash these days. Enter Square a low cost secure mobile payment system. It’s an easy way for you to collect payments for products or services that’s also easy and convenient for your customers allowing them to pay by credit card, debit and other pay systems. In this episode your host Greg Gazin has a quick look at three different options offered by Square, what they do, what they cost including their latest all-in-one Square Terminal. The podcast is based on Greg’s two previously published articles: With Square, you too can accept wireless debit and credit card payments (Gadgetguy.ca) and It’s Hip to be Square published by Troy Media.
20 Oct 2019
Toastcaster 124: Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times – Diana Peterson-More
[29:57] In this episode, Greg speaks with Diana Peterson-More about her new book: Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide to Leadership. Peterson-More draws from her experience as a labor lawyer, HR executive and organizational development consultant to show individuals and business leaders the way to clear, concise, and intentional communication--vital to successful human interaction in today’s fast-paced, volatile (and #MeToo) world. A short read, this book has a unique format, for example, incorporating step-by-step how-to lists for each chapter, a number of case studies, analyzing what went wrong and food for thought through “What-if“ scenarios, often circling back to previous case studies as new concepts are learned. The book is based on real stories and practical advice, some of which Diana shares with us during our conversation including using “I” statements and the Platinum Rule and more. Diana Peterson-More is from Pasadena, California an…
1 Oct 2019
Toastcaster 123: Free $10K/Month Google Ad Grant for Non-Profits - David Ries
[31:35] Yes, your non-profit organization may be eligible for a Google Ad Grant giving you $10K per month in free Google Ad Words Advertising and it's not fake news. In this episode, Greg speaks with David Ries, a Certified Google Ad Grant Professional who’ll give us an insight on this great opportunity for qualified non-profits and share how getting one is not as difficult as you think. David will explain what the grant is all about, how to find out if you qualify and some of the things you need to do and have in order for your application to be successful. He’ll also demystify some of the misinformation about the grant. David also offers a good primer on Google Ads to maximize a Google Word Ad campaign. He’ll share some tips on using keywords to drive searches to your landing page or website - information that’s relevant to anyone who may consider using Google ads. He also gives us a real world example of a client with a successful Google ad campaign and some of the ways th…
17 Sep 2019
Toastcaster 122: Setting a Guinness World Record – It Takes True Leadership
[28:55] Great leaders are passionate. Amongst other things, they’re also motivating, inspiring, innovative and committed to what they do. Our guests today have these attributes and more but you won’t find them in big towers, behind oak desks, but rather find them listed in the Guinness World Records 2020 book or associated with the organization. In this episode, you’ll hear stories of true leadership. You’ll hear about the unusual way the idea for a Guinness Record came about and how these talented individuals faced with a challenge, persevered and overcame adversity while describing how they accomplished their incredible feats. You’ll also learn what motivates them; what they learned about themselves and how it can apply to all of us. You’ll also find out what it’s like to be a Guinness adjudicator, the skills it requires and a few tips on vying for a Guinness World Record. Reverend Kevin Fast from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada is best described as a modern day Popeye. He…
1 Sep 2019
Toastcaster 121: Building Future Seniors: Taking Ownership of our Aging Society - Angela Ostafichuk
[28:19] It’s no secret we have a rapidly aging population. Many seniors today were never properly prepared for their golden years; We don’t know how to age properly and kids today have no idea what it’s like to be a senior. Those are the strong opinions of Angela Ostafichuk, our guest on today’s episode. Angela is an educator, consultant, curriculum developer, writer, photographer, world traveler and Toastmaster. Based in Edmonton, Canada, she’s spear-heading and working in tandem on two projects: Future Seniors and Smart Strong Seniors. Together they are designed to not only inform and educate those who are already seniors to live better, but also to help society, regardless as to what generation they belong to embrace pro aging. Today Angela will share some of her insights on the topic. This include highlights of her Pecha Kucha presentation Future Seniors, where she shares what we can do to take ownership for ourselves and others in an aging society. She’ll talk about…
27 Jul 2019
Toastcaster 120 - Can I Use That Picture? — Samantha Lile
[22:35] People use images in their Powerpoint presentations, blogs and there’s no end to photos posted and shared on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and more. But just because you find them on the web, are you sure you have the right to use them? In this episode, Greg speaks with Samantha Lile who wrote an article with adapted flowchart for ViseMe.co entitled, Can I Use That Image? Samantha talks about her article and shares some things people need to be aware of and things to consider before using, posting or sharing a photo - primarily from a U.S. perspective with Greg offering up additional Canadian insight. However, it offers some some food for thought for people all around the world as many similar rules exist in other countries. You’ll hear about terms like Copyright, Creative Commons, Public Domain and Fair Use and some of the step involved in determining if an image falls into those categories and what to do. She also shares some of her favourite sources for free images inc…
1 Jul 2019
Toastcaster 119 - Point-and-Shoot Cameras Still Relevant in our Professional & Personal Lives
[12:22] Our smartphones have become the default goto gadget for pictures and videos as the ability to take photos have become an invaluable tool in both our personal and professional lives. In this episode Greg looks at why one should consider taking along a point and shoot digital camera on their next trip, to their next conference or anywhere one would need to take pictures or shoot video and the advantages to do so. We also see how far they’ve come. Greg offers a glimpse at the newer FujiFilm FinePix XP140 point and shoot as one example. Some of its incredible features include wireless photo transfer and even smile detection. It’s also waterproof, rustproof, shockproof, freezeproof and amazingly inexpensive. You can find a modified print version of this article at Active-Life.ca.
1 Jun 2019
Toastcaster 118 - Grace Under Pressure - A Masterclass in Public Speaking - Lisa Wentz
[31:42] In this Episode, Greg speaks with Lisa Wentz about her new book, Grace Under Pressure - A Masterclass in Public Speaking from LID Publishing. It’s part of Lisa speaking and coaching program she’s releasing to the public for the first time. It’s cleverly broken into 3 sections: What’s holding us back, Vocal Training and Delivery and contains many topics you won’t see in most books on Public Speaking including 35 in-depth exercises. Lisa will offer some valuable advice including dealing with your inner critic before, during and after your speech as well as a few stories from her book and how some of the exercises work. Lisa Wentz has an extensive background in psychology, professional acting training and live performance. She has a Master’s Degree in Voice and Speech studies from the UK and is the founder of the San Francisco Voice Centre and has since coached public speaking clients from 37 countries. She can be reached at LisaWentz.com. You can find her book on Am…
18 May 2019
Toastcaster 117 – Memory & Visualization Techniques for Better Recall & Learning – Kevin Achtzener
[25:00] In this episode Greg speaks with regular guest Kevin Achtzener in his 7th appearance on ToastCaster, as a follow up to Episode #97, “Memory Techniques to Remember Just About Anything.” Today Kevin talks about how his techniques have evolved and shares with us a new concept he’s learned about memory and how he’s been able to not only memorize key facts for his University Classes, but also how he processes and synthesizes the information he’s learning. Kevin reminds us that memory is not just about remembering or encoding, but also about being able to recall the information. He shares examples how he remembers things by visualization, creating images of phrases in his mind like avatars, placing then recalling them using the memories of his childhood home as a backdrop or storage grid. Kevin also introduces the audience to the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a process that helps people learn and how this model fit into the big picture. Ideas and methods you’ll hea…
1 May 2019
Toastcaster 116 Maximizing Learning & Engagement When Facilitating Webinars – Tali Bar-Or
[31:41] It’s not uncommon for training to be delivered on-line. But with multitasking at an all-time high and attention spans at an all-time low, how do you ensure your participants remain engaged and involved and get the most from your webinar training? In this episode, Greg speaks with Tali Bar-Or, a 20-year veteran in training and facilitation including training facilitators remotely for content delivery. Tali will share tips, tricks and best practices she uses to succeed to keeping her webinar attendees engaged and involved while maximizing their learning. You’ll hear how she visualizes her audience, acknowledging how people listen differently and selectively. She offers 2 strategies she learned to bring people back to focus including two words to alert wandering minds plus four key triggers designed to indicate to the participants what’s coming next. You’ll also discover how to plan ahead to deal with distractions and disruptions and how to create an environment where th…
16 Apr 2019
Toastcaster 115 Authentic Leadership and What it Really Means - Jeff Davis
[31:57] We’ve all heard the term Authentic Leadership, but what is it really all about? In this episode we demystify the topic as Greg speaks with entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and author and Jeff Davis. Davis, who is passionate about Authentic Leadership, shares his personal experiences and offers an insight on why it’s important and practical strategies on how we can all become authentic leaders. We learn that the road to Authentic Leadership begins way before we become a leader or even get our first job. We will realize that things you have been afraid or embarrassed to share before can help you and others. In fact, Jeff demonstrates the value is of being vulnerable wearing his heart on his sleeve about how he was bullied in school, how that followed him into college and how he had to deal with it. We also learn about some of the challenges of becoming an authentic leader especially in an environment or culture that doesn’t value it. We also hear a little about his books with b…
1 Apr 2019
Toastcaster 114 Crutch and Filler Words Cripple Your Message and Reduce Credibility
[11:34] Simple crutch and filler words are sabotaging your speeches and crippling your communications and you may not even realize it’s happening. In this episode, Greg takes a look at a number of these unwanted words and why we so often use them. He identifies some famous people who are also afflicted with this habit and offers tips and techniques as to how to rid them from your vocabulary as well as where to find help to do so. This is an updated version and reboot of Toastcaster Episode 42 and an article which can be found at GadgetGreg.com. (Please Note: The Ummo App mentioned in the episode is now no longer being supported by the developer)
24 Mar 2019
Toastcaster 113 Top 3 Pro Tips for a Virtual Stage & Presenting On-Line
[15:22] The right stage presence can make or break a performance regardless of whatever words that may be coming out of your mouth. But what about an off-stage presence, that virtual presence, those times when you’re giving a presentation on-line, a webinar, doing an interview or recording a podcast anytime you’re in front of a computer screen? In this episode, Greg, a.k.a The Gadget Guy offers an extended look at three pro tips and one bonus tip and things to consider when you’re presenting in a virtual world, things that may differ from when you are presenting on a traditional stage. This can help you take your next delivery from good to great. Photo Courtesy Zoom.
2 Mar 2019
Toastcaster 112 Not There Yet - Unique Narrative Essay-Style Podcasting -Terence C. Gannon
[27:37] In this episode Greg speaks with Terence C. Gannon who created a narrative essay-style podcast by putting a unique twist on the typical format. His style hooks audiences whether they are interested in a particular topic or not and shows how you can take personal & corporate storytelling to a whole new level. You'll hear his motivations in creating this type of podcast; a little about his writing process and how it works in both the written and verbal formats and how he publishes his audio podcast simultaneously with a written essay version on Medium. Terence shares specific examples of episodes, illustrating how the stories evolved and even how one popular episode emerged and came full circle from just a single word which has different meanings You'll also hear how it's ok to break the myth of storytelling structure and experiment with ways to tell stories. Terence hails from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He’s a podcaster, writer, social media marketer and developer of digita…
31 Jan 2019
Toastcaster 111 How to Avoid an Onstage Meltdown - Hollywood Style
[08:55] When speaking, presenting or even just talking to someone, when something goes awry, a meltdown can occur. And while it seems just another headline when it comes to celebrities like Elton John and Kanye West, when it happens to mere mortals and high-profile people too, it can have some serious ramifications if not dealt with effectively. In this episode Greg offers four valuable tips on taking leadership in this situation on how to avoid a meltdown and what to do should things go awry. He recalls, as an example, an incident, which he wrote about that happened a few years back at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show). It involves Hollywood Director and Producer Michael Bay (Armageddon, The Rock and the Transformers movie series) who was hired by Samsung to promote the new ultra high-definition 4K TV, but when an issue came up with the teleprompter, as he recounted to TMZ, “he cracked under pressure,” and bolted off the stage. The updated article (text version…
26 Jan 2019
Toastcaster 110 Why Leaders and Book Lovers need a Kindle Paperwhite
[10:21] I learned many years ago that to be a great writer, you must also be an avid reader. I’ve continued to take that sage advice and always make sure I have a book, a magazine or something to read in tow. So if I ever have a spare moment I could engage my mind. I truly believe that those word of wisdom or words on a page should extend to helping one become a better speaker and a better leader. And while I do love the feel of a paper book and will never totally go away from that format, the latest 4th generation Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a gadget that you should never leave home without. In the episode, you hear my reasoning for embracing the new Kindle Paperwhite along with a mini-review. You can also read a full review of the 4th Generation Paperwhite on my blog at Gadgetguy.ca or at Troy Media, entitled: New Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite takes quite a splash. I also make reference to the previous 3rd generation Kindle Paperwhite, entitled, Review: Latest Kindle Paperwhite rig…
1 Jan 2019
Toastcaster 109 Perfecting Your Pitch in the Digital Age - Terry Kozlyk
[25:34] In this our final episode for 2018 Greg speaks with Terry Kozlyk, an engineer and budding entrepreneur from Calgary who a few years back discovered the power of the spoken word through Toastmasters that lead him to start his own podcast, TDK Talks, which later morphed into including video which he felt was was ideal for capturing a story. New to video he quickly found himself on a charity mission to Vietnam for a special cause where he created and produced a 30-minute documentary which was aired on Shaw TV. Moving towards entrepreneurship Terry believes that every business person should be able to perfect his or her pitch. And what better way to do it than by using video. So in this episode Terry will share a bit about his mission, enlighten you with a few tips on creating videos for yourself and your website and share with us a bit about his new venture “Perfect Your Pitch Live” based in Calgary, Alberta Canada he co-partnered to help people do just that - perfect their p…
19 Dec 2018
Toastcaster 108 How to Photoshop Your Career & Your Life - Joe MacKay
[28:23] It sounds almost funny that we could think one could Photoshop their life and career, but our guest Joe MacKay seems to have figured out a way to do so. Joe says Photoshop is a design tool where you build your project in layers - same as with your career (and your life). In this episode and perfect for this time of year and based on his article, Joe goes through six Photoshop tools as the basis for analogies, explaining how all of us can set up our own canvas to design our careers and our lives - of course, without a computer. Joe insists that we are all artists of our own imagination and we each need to become the Leonardo da Vinci of our own life. If you listen to the end, Joe adds a 7th bonus tool. You'll have to tune in to find out what it is. Joe is an award-winning videographer in both the public & private sector having work in a number of creative disciplines over the past 20 years. His current inspiration is creativity and this soon to be author is working on his…
1 Dec 2018
Toastcaster 107 Talk on Water - Stephanie Scotti
[36:32] In this episode Greg speaks with Communications expert and Author Stephanie Scotti about her new book Talk on Water: Attaining the Mindset for Powerhouse Presentations. In this fun conversation Stephanie shares with us a little about her journey, which started in her 10th grade public speaking class and includes working with key policy makers, including the President’s Cabinet, preparing them to speak on energy policy by the age of twenty-two. Stephanie also enlightens us with a number of valuable lessons from her book including, about the need to not only connect with your audience when you present; you also need to connect with your message as well as yourself; You’ll also take away a number of tips and tricks for effective presentations and learn about her C.O.D.E., and how your topic differs from your core message and a whole lot more. Stephanie Scotti is from Chapel Hill N.C. and is the founder and director of Professionally Speaking Consulting LLC a communications…
17 Nov 2018
Toastcaster 106 Learn in Business how to know what you don’t know - Lance Miller
[39:45] There are the usual things you need to know when launching a new product, service or business - and you can easily Google those but the one factor, which can mean the difference between success and failure, is discovering what you don’t know and actually preparing for it. In this episode, Greg speaks with our guest, Lance Miller. From Glendale, California, Lance is a world renowned, keynote speaker, trainer, coach & author. Most of us know him as the Toastmasters' 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking but he’s also a successful businessman - having launched five successful new business start-ups and over two dozen new product/service launches. But admittedly, he’s also had a dozen or so failures. So today, Lance, a regular on Toastcaster, shares some of what he knows and how he discovered what he didn’t know on his journey and how we can learn from what he experienced. This includes his brand new start-up venture - The World Champion Online Speakers Summit where peop…
31 Oct 2018
Toastcaster 105 Weego - Power That Goes Wherever You Go
[10:27] At some recent speaking events and conferences what stood out for me besides the speeches and sessions were the number of people in need or in search of battery power. So in this episode we thought we’d bring you a gadget intervention, one that every leader, every speaker or anyone who requires lots of battery power should never leave home without. Today, we look at the Weego Jump Starter 44, an affordable and portable smart power charger and power pack that not only charges your portable electronics, but can also jumpstart your car, truck or even motorcycle. And it’s not just any charger, it’s a smart charger – but you’ll have to listen in to find out more.
20 Oct 2018
Toastcaster 104 3I-Racer Technique for More Engaging Storytelling - Jock Mackenzie
[27:04] It’s not often we get a school teacher or principal on the show but there are things we might have learned back in the day perhaps we’ve forgotten or can still learn and add our skills repertoire. Our guest, Jock D. Mackenzie has those credentials and more with 30 years in the field mostly teaching Language Arts to Middle School and Upper Elementary, now semi-retired, he takes those skills on the road. Jock is a published author having written the book, Essay Writing: Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up (2007). He’s also a Toastmaster with the Sunrise Club in Red Deer, Alberta Canada. In this episode Jock answers the question, “What makes a good story?” by illustrating his 3I-Racer plot structure of a short story, a mnemonic method that he still uses today for personal, social, business or work situations. He’ll share some writing techniques, elaborating on “picture a story,” that can also be used effectively to improve both our speaking and presenting sk…
1 Oct 2018
Toastcaster 103 Is Leadership for Me? Guest: Mohammed Murad, DTM, PIP
[27:58] At every step of your life, our guest Mohammed Murad believes that we need to ask ourselves, the thought provoking question, “Is leadership for me?” In this episode Murad gives context to this question and explains what this means. He also impresses upon us how Leadership is different for everyone. He also shares his vast leadership journey and gives us his 4 H’s of Leadership and what motivated him to take voluntary early retirement from the police force after 20 years of service to pursue his entrepreneurial journey. Mohammed Murad is from Dubai, UAE. He is an entrepreneur and managing director of three companies. He has extensive experience in global marketing and branding emergency medical services management, human resource development and strategic planning for organizations. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster and Past Toastmasters International President 2014-15. (Orginal Interview 06/2017) Murad delivered his keynote, “Is Leadership for Me?” as an educationa…
24 Sep 2018
Toastcaster 102 How Wearing a Fitbit Can Help Manage Your Day
[13:11] In this episode we take a little break from the interviews and have a look at a gadget Greg wears 24/7 - except when it's on the charger. You'll hear about how wearing his Fitbit Charge 2 not only motivates him to keep fit but also about a few of its features that he just can't live without to help him manage his day and how they might just help yours too. The podcast is based in part on a Troy Media article.
1 Sep 2018
Toastcaster 101 Mental Health Crisis – Saving Lives Through Honest Conversations - Mona Cooley
[28:17] In this episode we speak on a more serious note – the topic of Mental Health. Our guest is Mona Cooley, family support advocate and founder of Cool Family Solutions, Calgary, Canada. She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District 42 Governor and regular guest on Toastcaster. Mona has taken leadership in her community with respect to Mental Health. Not only is she a subject matter expert, her family has also struggled with it. Mental Health is everywhere and it affects people young and old and from all walks of life. All you have to do is turn on the news – people are stricken with anxiety, depression and death by suicide has gone out of control. Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Rick Genest (Zombie Boy) are just a few who have taken their lives. Mona says families are struggling and don’t know what to do adding that things can and are being done – and one way is through having honest conversations. In this podcast, Mona talks about this serious subject, shares som…
15 Aug 2018
Toastcaster 100: Humble Beginnings & Lessons Learned Over 100 Episodes
[28:46] In the 100th episode of Toastcaster, we have a look back to our humble beginnings; some discoveries and lessons learned over 100 episodes. We also invite back Mona Cooley, Founder, Cool Family Solutions, Past Toastmasters District 42 Governor from Calgary, AB and first guest for the inaugural episode 1 recorded back in 2006 when podcasting was in its infancy and its technology still crude. We hear how the podcast started as a High Performance Leadership Project (HPL) for Toastmasters. And with 100 episodes, over 220,000 downloads and 2,000,000 feed hits later, the podcast now serves as a resource not only for the Toastmasters Community, but for anyone who wants to build their confidence and improve both their communication and leadership skills. We also hear how both Toastcaster Host Greg Gazin and Mona were excited yet nervous about taking on the project; some of the things they’ve learned about podcasting, the interview process and things they learned about themselves. Yo…
1 Aug 2018
Toastcaster 99 About Corey OutSMARTs the Butterflies - Greg Gazin
[31:08] In this episode we see a little switch as host Greg Gazin takes the other side of the mic and interviewed by guest host Ryan Levesque co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Motivated by reading the book, Ryan takes the host chair and gets Greg to come clean to finally speak in detail about his 1st book, Corey OutSMARTs the Butterflies. Greg shares with Ryan a little about what his book is about and how he stumbled upon the idea and what and who inspired him to take on the project which lead him to find a new passion - writing for a young readers. Ryan gets Greg to pull back the the curtain to talk about his shy humble beginnings (long before he joined Toastmasters) but also what he learned about his journey, the writing process, the illustrations and what he’d do differently the next time. You’ll also here how it’s changed him and what people of all ages can learn or take away from reading the book including a glimpse into the book’s SMART model (not the one you’re thi…
22 Jul 2018
Toastcaster 98 Financial Literacy Leadership in Her Community - Natalie Torres-Haddad
[23:41] In this episode Greg speaks with Natalie Torres-Haddad who has become a voice for Latino millennials. She first found her niche in her community and is now expanding her reach around the world advocating for financial literacy and to uplift those feeling overwhelmed by debt. Natalie, a.k.a The Financially Savvy Latina, shares a little of her journey, offering tips on taking on leadership within your community. She also gives us an insight on her unexpected TEDx talk experience entitled The Foreign Language of Financial Literacy and more. Greg previously spoke with Natalie on the Toastmasters Podcast and Natalie also co-hosted with Greg a bilingual (English and Spanish) Toastmasters Podcast in 2017. Natalie was raised in Inglewood (a southwest Los Angeles county). She’s also, an International Award Winning Author with her book, Financially Savvy in 20 mins (and a new podcast of the same name in both English in Spanish), a workshop facilitator, Real Estate investor and Toast…
1 Jul 2018
Toastcaster 97 Memory Techniques to Remember Just About Anything - Kevin Achtzener
[25:07] We're so busy and bombarded with information that it's sometimes so hard to remember even the simplest things let alone details. In this episode, Greg speaks with Toastcaster regular Kevin Achtzener, DTM, a self-proclaimed Future Memory Expert who shares techniques for better recall. Kevin’s obsession for remembering things and these techniques have helped him not only memorize a shuffled deck of cards in five minutes but also creative methods to recall large numbers – like part numbers and serial numbers to names and words. What might surprise you is some of his techniques involve using pictures, humor and even cartoon characters. Kevin is from Edmonton, Canada and known as a Visual Productivity expert. Kevin can be reached at visualproductivity.net.
9 Jun 2018
Toastcaster 96 Developing Yourself Through Mastermind Groups – Dave Rodwell, DTM
[25:44] Being part of a Mastermind Group can be a great way to develop skills, learn new things or simply be a great place for like-minded people to get together and share ideas. In this episode, Greg speaks with Dave Rodwell. Dave shares his experience in creating and being a part of two Mastermind groups; what he learned from the process and how it helped him speed up the development of his business and speaking career. He also offers some tips on creating a successful group, what to look out for and what benefits one can derive from such a group. Rodwell hails from Edmonton Alberta Canada. He’s a former long-time investigator with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Private Investigator and Security Consultant. His business has evolved to include the areas of training on security matters and professional speaking on corporate security issues. Dave has also been a Toastmaster for over 20 years. Dave can be reached at DaveRodwell.com.
2 May 2018
Toastcaster 95 Presentation Too Long? Build it Like LEGO - Freddi Dogterom DTM AS
[30:59] Presentations and speeches way to long? Too short? In this episode Greg speaks with Freddi Dogterom DTM, AS from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada who offers up some serious lessons on crafting your speech or presentation. She also shares insights and practical takeaways on the perils, pain and passion of editing, in particular when timing is of the essence - one way, building your speech like LEGO. Freddi is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Accredited Speaker (AS) and professional speaker for more than 20 years delivering keynotes, workshops, professional development and train the trainer sessions. She also has over 30 years experience helping people build their lives, careers and retirement futures. Freddi can be reached at FreddiSpeaks.com. You can also hear about her journey to her AS with her conversation with Greg on The Toastmasters Podcast Episode 130.
2 Apr 2018
Toastcaster 94 Locking Down Your Precious Data
[10:38] We keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives? Our data is so valuable; we dedicate this episode and look at diskAshur2, an innovative hardware solution created by UK-based iStorage. It features PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drive to help you lock down your precious data. And this is no April Fool's Joke. You can find iStorage diskAshur2 at Nuimpact (iStorage’s distributor) and Amazon. You can also read the original review at Troy Media.
14 Mar 2018
Toastcaster 93 Speaking Up without Freaking Out - Matt Abrahams
[28:08] In this episode Greg Gazin speaks with communications expert Matt Abrahams who shares six of his many techniques to calm presentation jitters and a whole lot more. Matt is an educator and coach who teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. He’s also co-founder of coaching consulting practice Bold Echo Communication Solutions where he helps presenters at all levels of an organization to become more confident and compelling speakers. He’s also the author of the Speaking Up without Freaking Out, now in its 3rd edition. You can also catch Matt on the Toastmasters Podcast, Episode 111, with Greg Gazin and Ryan Levesque where he spoke on how to Be Confident When Caught Off Guard. Matt’s Six techniques are also available as an infographic for quick reference. Matt can be reached at NoFreakingSpeaking.com.
1 Mar 2018
Toastcaster 92 Benefits of Visiting Service Organizations on Your Travels - Garfield Hiscock
[23:13] In this episode Greg speaks with Garfield Hiscock from Edmonton, Canada who shares his insights and motivations and how he’s clocked in over 100 visits to service organizations like Chambers of Commerce and Toastmasters clubs outside his hometown. It seems for years Hiscock found himself “out-of-town” for both work and play. His time away from home led him to search for, as he called them, “pseudo families” wherever he went; his solution was to seek out various service organizations. In fact often, he would often base his travel schedule around meeting times and locations. Hiscock is a Technical Trainer and currently working for a utility company, training drivers. He has a BA in Economics and a Masters of Information Technology Education. He’s also a Distinguished Toastmaster and member for over 27 years.
20 Feb 2018
Toastcaster 91 Enlightened Super Achievers & Influential Leaders’ Timeless Secrets – Corey Poirier
[30:20] What are “enlightened super achievers?” What are these influential leaders’ timeless secrets? If you want to know more tune in to our latest episode. Greg speaks with Corey Poirier, a multiple-time TEDx, highly sought-after speaker and featured in numerous media outlets. Corey is also the host of the top-rated radio show “Conversations with Passion,” where he’s interviewed over 4,000 top leaders and great minds, the likes of Robin Sharma Robin, Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar, Dr. John Gray, John Maxwell, Stephen MR Covey, Arlene Dickinson and more. Corey who’s been successful on both sides of the mic, also shares some insights on how he reached his personal success and offer tips from his signature presentations. We'll also hear about his brand-new book, The Book of Why (And How) – Discover the Timeless Secrets to Meaning, Success and Abundance. Corey can be reached at ThatSpeakerGuy.com.
1 Feb 2018
Toastcaster 90 Leadership of Your Life: Create Visions Not Resolutions - Greg Gazin
[10:49] For whatever reason, over 80% of New Year's resolutions fail within the 1st two weeks of February. Perhaps we're going about this all wrong. In this episode your host Greg Gazin shares a personal journey that shows perhaps why we might be more successful if we create visions rather that resolutions.
1 Jan 2018
Toastcaster 89 Creating Your Future [Replay] Craig Valentine WCPS
[29:58] At this time of the year we reflect back on the year but look forward to the New Year. In this episode, we look back 10 years ago this week to a Toastcaster Podcast interview with Craig Valentine, 1999 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking that still resonates with Greg today. In the podcast interview Craig shared a number of insights and personal stories. He talked about things like the importance of having a vision, the dash between the dates, crabs in a barrel, leading a proactive versus a reactive life and more - relevant to Creating Your Future and perfect for this time of the year. What's really interesting is that with our 24/7 connected world and lives busier than ever, what you'll hear seems even more relevant today as it was a decade ago. So have a listen and enjoy our podcast replay. Craig Valentine WCPS is a motivational speaker, speech coach and best-selling author. He can be reached at CraigValentine.com.
1 Dec 2017
Toastcaster 88 Impromptu Speaking & Winning a Table Topics Competition - Blaine Zuk
[22:32] Impromptu speaking is a great skill to have and you never know where it can be useful. In Toastmasters the practice of this type of speaking is called Table Topics. In this episode we speak with Blaine Zuk, ACG, ALB , who took home top honours at the District 99 Table Topics Contest held recently in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. Zuk, a nine-year member of Dawnbreakers Toastmasters in Edmonton, has MBA and PMP designations and is a Project Manager and Change Manager in the healthcare informatics field. He grew up and currently lives on a farm, bringing stories of his work and life experience into his speeches He shares with us his experience competing in the contest, talks about the Table Topics competition question and his thought process on how he went about answering it. He also gives us some insight on impromptu speaking and tips on how you can do better at Table Topics at your club, work or in any social situation. Blaine can be reached at BlaineSpeaks.com.
15 Oct 2017
Toastcaster 87 Looking for real Donald Trump quotes? How about 10,000?
[07:33] In this episode, Greg talks about and shares a really cool resource for those looking to find quotes and other materials by or about Donald Trump that are not "Fake News." Whether you are looking for speech material or quotes to use, this free currated on-line resource of 10,000+ entries allows people to search by keyword, subject or suggested categories. This podcast is based on Greg's recent Gadget Guy article written for Canoe Tech Blog on the subject and links directly to the database.
18 Sep 2017
Toastcaster 86 Mastering Skills through Creating On-Line Courses - Dr. Bo Bennett, DTM
[20:46] In this episode, Greg speaks with Dr. Bo Bennett. Bo is a successful entrepreneur, author, podcaster, instructor and Doctor of Philosophy. Many of you may already know Bo as the creator of FreeToastHost, founder of e-bookIt and founding co-host of the Toastmasters Podcast. Bo and Greg talk about on-line courses, but not just about taking them, but creating them and getting them up on-line. Bo talks about the skills needed to create them and how these skills, like Toastmasters are a great way to practise and learn to become a more engaging speaker and presenter in a live, on-line and in a multi-medium environment. Bo also breifly introduces us to VirversitY, an on-line learning platform he created where you can learn to create and produce you own on-line courses. This platform cannot only help you with your skills improvement, it also opens the doors for many business opportunities. For example, you can create on-line courses without limiting yourself geographically or turn bo…
29 Jul 2017
Toastcaster 85 Comminication Nuggets: Delivering Your Message - Julia Ewing
[20:38] Julia Ewing joins Greg to share some communication nuggets with the audience focussing on delivering your message - whether it be good news, bad news or just information. Julia hails from Saskatoon, Canada where's she's both a community developement professional and business educator, holding an undergraduate degree in human ecology, with a masters in business. Julia attended Greg's educational on Podcasting and Podcast Interviews at a recent District 99 Toastmasters Convention in Edmonton. Her name was selected from over 60 people who were willing to offer Greg feedback on his session in exchange for the possibility of an exclusive one-on-one opportunty to be either a guest or a co-host on an upcoming show. This is Julia's podcast debut. You can reach Julia on LinkedIn.
1 Jul 2017
Toastcaster 84 Why Club Officers are like Juice Boxes- Rebecca Cuthbertson Hulst
[19:01] Using a Juice Box as metaphor for Toastmasters Club Officers is the brainchild of Rebecca Cuthbertson Hulst, ACS, ALB. Rebecca has been a Toastmaster since Jan 2014 and just finishing her year as Area Director for District 99, D29 in Edmonton, Canada Rebecca is also a Registered Collaborative Family Lawyer, a Mediator, and a lawyer for children. When I stumbled across her speech "Juice Box," delivered in a form of a toast, there was no doubt that she would have to share this and tell her story behind it on our podcast. You’ll have to listen in to find out more.
31 May 2017
Toastcaster 83 Employer Resources for Developing Leaders - Marc Haine, DTM
[18:41] Sometimes employers do not know or are unaware of the value of Toastmasters or any other Leadership and Communications training for their employees. Other times they may stress the need without really explaining their full value. In this episode Greg speaks with Marc Haine, DTM, a former District 42 PRM, keynote speaker, corporate trainer and business consultant specializing in the Hospitality industry. Marc developed resource materials that can be shared with employers to help them understand using real-world tie-ins what’s in it for everyone and why their teams should embrace training - more specifically, Toastmasters. Download the free Employer Resource Materials here.
19 May 2017
Toastcaster 82 Reformation: When Districts Get Too Big - Ken Tanner DTM, PID
[31:07] When Toastmasters Districts experience tremendous growth, approaching 300 clubs, they get a little too big to manage, often resulting in reduced quality of service to the members, so around that time, Toastmasters International encourages Districts to consider Reformation, i.e. splitting into two or more Districts. In this episode we speak with Toastmasters Past International Director Ken Tanner, DTM from Edmonton, Canada, a Toastmasters since 1975, who chaired the D42 Reformation committee and oversaw the reformation of D42 into D42 and D99 starting with the idea phase in 2014 to completion July 2016 and beyond. Ken shares with us how the process of this huge undertaking works and why it’s necessary. He illustrates the benefits to members, enlightening us with many of the tasks that need to be done, who is involved, what they need to do and how everyone is affected by them. Of course, as a Toastmaster Ken also shares some of the skills necessary to complete the project…
1 May 2017
Toastcaster 81 Demystifying Top Toastmasters Myths - Mike Raffety DTM, PID
[27:22] Mike Raffety, DTM, PID is very active on both the Official Toastmasters Facebook page and LinkedIn group answering many Toastmasters related questions. So we reached out to Mike in Chicago and asked him to give us his take on the Toastmasters Club Myths in the Toastmasters International April 2017 Leader Letter as well as a few other club, contest and speech myths he covered in a 2015 blog post at MikeRaffety.com. Even experienced Toastmasters may be surprised about some things many thought to be true, are simply not.
1 Apr 2017
Toastcaster 80 The Origin of April Fool's Day
[07:08] In this episode Greg tells the story of the origin of April Fool's Day. Greg was recently the Toastmaster of the Day at his home club, New Entrepreneurs and the theme was April Fool's Day. After researching the topic, Greg perhaps over-prepared his opening remarks and although a little lengthy, they were well received by the members. As a result, when Greg went home, he expanded on what he had said and wrote an article that was published at Troy Media. Then he decided to make a podcast of the article which is what you'll hear. Enjoy.
19 Mar 2017
Toastcaster 79 Traveling Toastmaster-Your International Network Awaits - Naomi Takeuchi, DTM
[29:15] In this episode we speak with Naomi Takeuchi, DTM, PDG, President and CEO 1000 Cranes, LLC. Naomi shares with us some of her Toastmaster travel adventures, visiting and speaking at clubs around the world and offering some insight, tips and encouragement to check out clubs, conferences or even have lunch and connect with other Toastmasters at their travel destinations. Naomi is a consultant to non-profits and leadership development trainer who recently moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to Santa Rosa, California. She travels extensively for both personal travel and business and over the years visiting places like Australia, Canada, China, India, UK, Qatar and also New Zealand, where she is now also a dual member, creating an international network of colleagues and friends through Toastmasters. In fact, the title of this episode is inspired by her contribution, “Your International Network Awaits!” in the book Heart of a Toastmaster (page 51), an anthology of stories curate…
28 Feb 2017
Toastcaster 78 FixMeStick Self-Propelled Virus Removal System
[08:03] As Toastmasters we often use USB sticks with other people's computers or often they use ours. No surprise, there is always a threat of viruses and other nasties. The truth is some are impossible to detect or eradicate while the conmputer is active. This is where FixMeStick comes in. Created in Montreal, Canada, it's a self-propelled virus removal system that runs from a thumb drive independant of your PCs or Mac's OS. It's a must have for all computer users. Listen to hear more.
31 Jan 2017
Toastcaster 77 Greg Gazin: Our 10th Anniversary Podcast - Impromptu Style
[19:26] Toastcaster Podcast is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. In this episode Greg grabs the mic and takes an impromptu journey back a decade to its humble beginnings starting from the pilot episode featuring then District 42 Governor Mona Cooley, DTM. What started as an idea in 2006 for an HPL (High Performance Leadership) project has blossomed into 77 episodes, almost 200K downloads and 1.5M feed hits and counting. You'll hear how Toastcaster was conceived and get highlights from a number of the episodes and some of the people Greg has interviewed. Greg will also share what he's learned from this process and how it's changed him and how he now looks at podcasting. A huge thanks to all those that helped make it happen and for all the listeners for tuning in. Happy Birthday Toastcaster Podcast
4 Dec 2016
Toastcaster 76 Being a District Social Media Manager - Glenda Sheard
[27:41] In this episode we speak with Glenda Sheard, DTM, Social Media Manager for District 99. While not an official Toastmasters position, her role is a critical component in attracting new members and engaging existing ones as this medium has gained widespread use. Glenda, a newly minted DTM enthusiastically shares how Social Media impacts districts and clubs and all Toastmasters, enlightening us on the importance of her role and how it works; how Districts can benefit from having a Social Media Manager and using Social Media along with some tips, tricks and examples how D99 uses these resources and how others can use them too. Glenda Sheard DTM is a speaker, facilitator, presenter and fundraiser and lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
1 Nov 2016
Toastcaster 75 Doing a Personal Content Audit with Kevin Achtzener
[26:51] We accumulate all kinds of digital stuff but Visual Productivity expert and regular guest Kevin Achtzener tells us once and awhile we need to do a content audit. Even though content is King as some say and drive space is cheap these days, we need to review our digital clutter. Perhaps it's outdated, no longer relevant or represents who we are. And as Toastmasters as we progress, some of the old content no longer reflects our skill level. Kevin shares his experience and gives us tips and tricks as to what you can do with your content for yourself and your Toastmasters Club. You may be amazed that sometimes you can re-purpose it rather than delete it.
29 Sep 2016
Toastcaster 74 Immediate Past International President Jim Kokocki to Kickoff Inaugural District 99 Conference
[19:15] In this episode we speak to Toastmasters International Immediate Past President Jim Kokocki, DTM, from New Brunswick, Canada. We learn a little about his Toastmasters journey including his year as President, an insight on leadership and maybe a sneak peek at his Keynote and Plenary session he'll be presenting at the inaugural Fall Conference for the newly created District 99 to be held in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. Oct 21-22, 2016. If you are interested in attending, check out the D99tm.org Fall 2016 Conference Page.
16 Sep 2016
Toastcaster 73 100 Conversations in the City - Robert Lavigne
[31:05] Robert Lavigne, The Digital Grapevine, Digital Strategist and Podcaster moved from Toronto, Ontario Canada 99 km to Brantford, birthplace of the telephone and legendary #99 Wayne Gretzky. What started as an exercise in brand building and a series of individual topics in Robert’s new hometown became a humbling learning experience of 100 podcasts, 100 conversations over 2 years that weaved together stories that transformed him and helped bring their community closer together. Robert shares his experience and also how the series concluded with an interview with a man who represents community - Walter Gretzky, affectionately known as "Canada's Hockey Dad," father of #99 and Lord Mayor of Brantford. The City of Brantford recently recognized Robert for all his efforts.
30 Aug 2016
Toastcaster 72 Privacy & What Clubs Should Know - Jean Eaton
[30:05] Privacy is something we may not think about as a concern when it comes to Toastmasters. Our guest is Jean Eaton of Information Managers a practical privacy coach and expert in many disciplines including Privacy Management and Legislation. As a former Toastmaster Jean explains what privacy means and offers up some best practices,valuable tips and shares what Clubs and club leaders can do to prevent a breach. Listeners can also download her 10 Key Steps to Prevent a Privacy Breach.
19 Aug 2016
Toastcaster 71 The Art of Competing with Dantu & Miller
[42:40] This episode we learn about the Art of Competing with Russ Dantu, 6x District Speech Contest winner & 2015 WCPS Finalist and Lance Miller, 9x District winner and 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking. Lance coached Russ for last year's event. You'll hear them share that experience, competing tips and give us a glimpse of The Art of Competing, their new and already popular CD, which can be found at LanceMillerSpeaks.com or RussDantu.com.
21 Jul 2016
Toastcaster 70 Russ Dantu Road to World Championship Part 2
[27:32] Russ Dantu, District 42, Calgary, Canada continues his journey to the World Championship of Public Speaking semi-final and then on to the finals in Las Vegas. He takes us through his experience after winning at District and on to the finals and all his exciting trials and tribulations along the way. This is a continuation of Episode 57.
9 Jul 2016
Toastcaster 69 How Toastmasters helps Authors w/Rick Lauber
[22:26] Rick Lauber is the Best Selling Author of Caregiver's Guide for Canadians, The Successful Caregiver’s Guide (USA) and a contributor in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books. A former Toastmaster with New Entrepreneurs in Edmonton Canada, Rick shares why he joined Toastmasters, how it helped him and how it can help budding authors. He also offers a few tips on using your Toastmaster skills to help promote your book. Rick can be reached at RickLauber.com.
27 Jun 2016
Toastcaster 68 TmTools - Tools for Toastmasters - George Marshall
[29:22] George Marshall , DTM is the author of TmTools - Tools for Toastmasters, a series of tools to help Toastmasters at any level - Member, Club, Area, Division or District to truly get the information that they need in the sea of Toastmasters data. TmTools do not replace, but rather extend information and reports we currently use - and they are constantly being improved and expanded. TmTools often give people that "I didn't know I could get that infomation," look on their faces. George is a member of a member of three clubs: his home club (Star Search), an advanced club, and online club Netizens. He's the Producer, Toastmaster Time, D57’s TV show, District 57’s Statistician and a Revitalized Education Program Ambassador.
13 Jun 2016
Toastcaster 67 Ummo App: Your Harvard Developed Personalized Speech Coach
[27:46] Ummo App is your personalized speech coach & crutch-word finder developed at Harvard University. Greg speaks with two of its developers from Dehli, India and the Bay Area in California, Anshul Bhagi and Sam Li who tell us what the app's about; how they developed it and how IBM's Watson plays a role. They also tell us how you can use it to analyze and improve your speaking skills and share how Boston Toastmasters have been involved and what the future has in store for the app.
30 May 2016
Toastcaster 66 Whoosh! Wipes Out Your Gadget's Bacteria
[07:13] Smartphones & Tablets have 10x the bacteria of your toilet seat. Whoosh! Dragon's Den approved is a cool product that not only cleans, it disinfects and safe enough to spray in your mouth. In this episode, Greg puts Whoosh! to the test. You can also read the review at CanoeTech Blog. (Photos courtesy Whoosh!)
15 May 2016
Toastcaster 65 Taking Advantage of Your Toastmaster Magazine
[07:43] The Toastmaster Magazine is a valuable resource both in print and tablet versions. In this episode Greg gives us a little reminder as to why it's a good idea to check out either or both on a regular basis and let you in on a secret as to how the Official Toastmasters Podcast and on occasion Toastcaster get subjects for podcast interviews.
19 Apr 2016
Toastcaster 64 Videos: Why Clubs Need Them - Joe MacKay
[28:38] Videos are a valuable tool for any Toastmasters Club. Join me as we speak with Video Guru Joe MacKay from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada as he shares why your club needs one, what types of videos you can create along with some tips and tricks to make your club video a success.
29 Mar 2016
Toastcaster 63 iRig Mic Lav Suitable for Speakers & Podcasters
[09:08] Finding a decent affordable Lavalier Mic is not always the easiest thing. This episode, Greg puts on his Gadget Guy hat and looks at iRig Mic Lav by IK Multimedia and why its a good idea to use one to record all your speeches and presentations. You can read the full review at Canoe Tech Blog.
16 Feb 2016
Toastcaster 62 Lance Miller: Bad Super Bowl Interview/Dealing With Failure
[27:44] Greg speaks with Lance Miller 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking as he shares his insights about Cam Newton's defeated attitude during a post Super Bowl 50 media interview. Lance reflects on lessons learned, dealing with defeat and adversity taking a page from his own life both in business and journey to the World Championship. Read the Post at LanceMillerSpeaks.com
20 Nov 2015
Toastcaster 60 Don't Get Dinged for Damage You Didn't Do
[15:17] Record 360 can help protect you from damage you didn't do. I interviewed CEO and Co-Founder Shane Skinner about their app and realised that this is very relevant to the Toastmasters audience since some of us rent vehicles or places to stay when we head to conferences and conventions. It also relevant at home and at work. Enjoy the interview. When you're done, head to Record360.com where you can find out more, link to your favourite app store to download the app.
2 Nov 2015
Toastcaster 59 Entrepreneur Credits Toastmasters for $10K Prize
[20:29] Entrepreneur Rana Varma from Calgary, Alberta Canada credits Toastmasters as key in helping him win a $10,000 prize for a new product pitch at a recent health competition. He tells us about his pitch, his new invention the Slate Scale and how skills he learned in Toastmasters helped make all the difference.
12 Aug 2015
Toastcaster 58 - Virtual Ticket -Toastmasters International Convention
[09:04] A Virtual Ticket to the Toastmasters International Convention is a marketing genius and the next best thing to being there. Listen to find out all about it and how you can participate and once you buy you can listen again and again and again. Visit ToastmastersOnDemand.com. (photos courtesy: Toastmasters International)
19 Jul 2015
Toastcaster 57 - Russ Dantu: Road to the World Championship - Las Vegas
[11:24] Greg speaks with Russ Dantu of Calgary, Alberta Canada and winner of the District 42 International Speech Contest, as he shares his experience in preparation for the road to Las Vegas for the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking semi-final a possibly the finals at the Toastmasters International Convention. (Photo credit: Rhys Davies)
21 Jun 2015
Toastcaster 56 - Spanish Train: A Journey in Vocal Variety
It's no secret that Vocal Variety can certainly enhance a speech or presentation. In this episode Greg proves that song lyrics can in fact be used to illustrate it. He uses Spanish Train, by Chris de Burgh, one of his favourite artists to do so. In fact this was speech #6 from the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Manual. If you wonder why he had to prove it, you'll need to listen to find out. (09:31) [Chris de Burgh is also famous for many other great songs, including: Lady in Red, High on Emotion, Don't Pay the Ferryman & more. I encourage you to check out his website]
9 Jun 2015
Toastcaster 55 - Sheryl Roush, Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program & Special Event
Greg speaks with guest Sheryl Roush, PDG, DTM, AS who tells us all about the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker (AS) program. Sheryl enlightens us as to what it's all about, why you would want to become an Accredited Speaker & how to go about doing it. She also talks about a special pre-convention event in Las Vegas this August dedicated to those who want to take the AS journey and get more paid speaking engagements. Find out more at: http://www.bit.ly/acsp2015. (18:59)
3 May 2015
Toastcaster 54 Mad Max: Fury Road Critical Communications on a Movie Set
It's not often that we have a guest on our show that has both a tie-in to Toastmasters, Public Speaking and a major motion picture release - in this case the much anticipated Mad Max: Fury Roadstarring Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron which will hit theatres May 15th 2015. In this episode, Greg speaks with *Greg Van Borssum* who hails from just outside of Sydney Australia. Greg, had a real rough start when it came to public speaking in years gone by but has become a motivational speaker and strategic thought leader. He’s also been the crowds director and motion capture director on the Academy Award winning Happy Feet films & most recently as Fight Choreographer and Weapons Specialist on the new Mad Max: Fury Road, where he trained some of Hollywood's finest actors. Greg tells us a little about the movie, his incredible roles in the film and what it’s like communicating both with A-list Hollywood actors in situations that can not only be challenging they can be downright dangerous. [Gre…
11 Apr 2015
Toastcaster 53 - Visual Productivity with Kevin Achtzener
Looking to jumpstart your productivity? DTM and expert Kevin Achtzener returns to Toastcaster and speaks with Greg Gazin about Visual Productivity the new Mind Mapping. He also introduces his new book appropriately entitled - Visual Productivity. (25:33)
17 Jan 2015
Toastcaster 50 - Toastmasters Location Crisis with Rich Hopkins
[17:02] Ever show up for a Toastmasters meeting only to find the doors locked? It recently happened to Rich Hopkins, a fellow Toastmaster, Speaker, Coach and Author. In Toastcaster 50, Rich and Greg chat about how this can happen and how we sometimes take our locations for granted. Rich returns to Toastcaster and shares with us about a meeting that almost didn't happen and 4 key tips on what we can do to avoid a Toastmasters location crisis.
21 Aug 2014
Toastcaster 47 - Red Robinson Relives 50th anniversary of 1st Canadian Beatles Concert
[10:30] Legendary broadcaster Red Robinson introduced The Beatles at their first ever Canadian concert, Aug 22, 1964 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Host Greg Gazin, had an opportunity to recently speak with Red, who recounted the events of that day - and which might be a surprise to some and talked about an upcoming 50th Anniversary concert to commemorate that day. Full article: The Day the Beatles Shook Vancouver at Troy Media. in 2004, Greg was managing a Beatles Tribute band and approached Red to ask him to emcee the 40th anniversary event in Vancouver. As a newer Toastmaster with knocking knees, he persevered. Photo is actually a painting of Red holding the concert poster. (They're available as a limited edition. Artist is Glen Green, designer of Canada's Olympic Coins). Visit RedRobinson.com for more details.
16 Aug 2014
Toastcaster 46 - 7 Gadgets & Tech Tools for Summer Trips
Whether you are a Toastmaster or simply a traveler, there's always a need for technology on the road to make the trip so much better. Here are a few Gadgets & Tech Tools and a few things to think about before heading out on the road this summer. You can also read the full article at Canoe Tech Blog.
8 Jun 2014
Toastcaster 45 - Emcee Tips for Charity Fundraisers
As a Toastmaster you might be asked to host or emcee an event. Have you ever been asked to emcee a charity fundraiser? My first time is coming up, so to prepare, I checked in with good friend and Distinguished Toastmaster Jim Ewing, Pro-Vision Solutions, Edmonton who has experience on this area. Have a listen to our chat.
18 Feb 2014
Toastcaster 43 - Toastmasters Videos for Education & Low Member Meetings
Toastmasters DVDs & Videos can make a great in-meeting educational tool. They are also handy when you have low member attendance and or prepared speeches. It's a great alternative to just extending Table Topics. Until 2011 Official Toastmasters Convention CDs & DVDs were produced by Bill Stephens Productions. Some videos are now available via streaming, digital download and still some in DVD format via Toastmasters On-Demand. Listen to hear what one club did and how amazingly well the results were. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE SAME PODCAST as Toastcaster 21, which somehow became detached and did not appear on iTunes.)
2 Jan 2014
Toastcaster 42 - Keep your Ahs for your Doctor
Crutch words can hinder our communication and even make us appear unprepared or not confident. Here's a way to recognize them and help keep yourself from using them. Listen to our podcast and if you like, you can also read the Troy Media article..
5 Aug 2013
Toastcaster 41 - Do you Golf with only a putter?
When you play Golf, chances are that you will use more than just a putter. So why is that businesses sometimes have only one message? Same goes for communicators. Some deliver the same speech regardless as to who the audience is. Sadly the results are not always as you think. LIsten to our podcast and if you like, you can also read the article at Troy Media.
12 Jul 2013
Toastcaster 40 - Effective Use of Repetition
Hearing things being repeated can often drive one absolutely crazy, but if used effectively, repetition in presentations, conversations and even recordings can be an effective tool in getting your message across. The original article can be found at Greg Gazin's Digitally Speaking at Troy Media.com. (photo courtesy Troy Media)
7 Jul 2013
Toastcaster 39 - Twist & Charge Gadget for Toastmasters
Listeners thought that as the Gadget Guy it might be a good idea to add gadgets to the Toastcaster Podcast, since gadgets are something we all use. So we did. This episode we look at Twist & Charge by Bracketron. You can also read the review at GadgetGuy.ca
5 Nov 2012
Toastcaster 38 - Time Blocking 101 for Toastmasters
Time is something we just never have enough of. As Toastmasters, we sometimes struggle to find extra time to work through the program in addition to all the things we need to do in every day life. We know its important. Distinguished Toastmaster and productivity expert Kevin Achtzener from YoureMakingMe.com joins us here at Toastcaster to to enlighten us about Time Blocking, very different than just having a todo list or just creating your daily schedule and picking on yours truly as his volunteer guinea pig. Time Blocking is just one element of good Time Management which Kevin covers in his new course, Mega Productivity.
15 Jun 2012
Toastcaster 37 StartUp Canada, Entrepreneurship & Toastmasters
[06:16] After participating in a Town Hall session in Edmonton, Alberta Canada as part of StartUp Canada's cross country tour to empower entrepreneurs across the country, I had an opportunity to be interviewed by the host/moderator, Rick Spense. Of course, whenever a Toastmaster speaks, especially one who is in District Leadership like myself, the topic always seem to somehow turn to or involve Toastmasters. In this case it's relevant. especially for business people because communication & leadership are always important - and thus the tie-in to our latest episode. One of the things Rick asks me, is what percentage of entrepreneurs should join Toastmasters? Listen to find out my answer.
30 Nov 2011
Toastcaster 36 - Mobile Payments for Non-Profits & Small Business
Accepting Credit Card Payments for small businesses and non-profits like Toastmasters Clubs can be an expensive proposition. Regina-based Netsecure Technologies have created Kudos - mobile payment system that offers a low-cost, no hassle, easy-to-use solution to this problem and a first of its kind in Canada.(Also available in the US). Listen to my interview with Netsecure's President Dan McCann and find out how you can use Kudos for your club or other business.
25 Dec 2010
Toastcaster 35 - Toastmasters - A Tale for All Seasons
Told by Donna Smith, ACB, CL, it's an entertaining and inspiring tale in the form of a familiar holiday poem, that captures the true spirit of Toastmasters and its founder, Ralph Smedley. It also follows the events that unfold as a Toastmaster prepares for the Icebreaker speech. She did receive credit for the Advanced Manual - Storytelling. Donna also speaks with Greg and shares her thoughts that went in to this presentation and how Toastmasters has helped her catch her second wind. What a nice way to end on year and begin the next. Donna is with Morning Challengers a club from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
5 Sep 2010
Toastcaster 33 - Achieving Greatness Together - It's Toastmasters, Baby!
North Carolina's District 37 Trio LGM Naomi Takeuchi, DG Sharon Anita Hill and LGET Bryan Walsh (far right) share with yours truly their District Theme "It's Toastmasters Baby" to complement this year's International President's theme of "Achieving Greatness Together". Recorded in Palm Desert at the 79th annual Int'l Convention, you'll hear how this Select Distinguished District, 3 years running, will use this year's District theme and innovative initiatives that any District can use to engage their members to exceed their potential. You'll also hear how Toastcaster Greg first took notice of this terrific trio from the "First in Flight" State.
4 Aug 2010
Toastcaster 32 - Toastmasters Proxies 911
Chuck LeBlanc D42 LGET Guest. With the Toastmasters International Convention coming up and the deadline looming to get proxies in and with Toastmasters going to their single sign on, clubs who have not submitted their officer lists online for 2010-2011 have no access to any Club Business and equally important and timely the ability to assign their proxies to make their clubs vote count. Chuck and Greg discuss what you can do.
21 Jul 2010
Toastcaster 31 - Make Your Club's Vote Count!
Toastmaster Proxies – Make Your Vote Count in the upcoming elections at the business meeting at 7:30AM August 14th at Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert . As clubs you have the opportunity to cast your vote for the individuals that you feel would do the best job in representing you on the Toastmasters Board of Directors. You’ll hear how one ballot can make a difference and how a handful of votes made the difference to one candidate in 2008. As well, you'll hear about how Toastmasters has changed the process and has gone electronic, so no longer will you need to get that blue form in the mail. You'll hear about three ways you can designate your proxy and submit it through the Club Business section of Toastmasters.org. Here are some instructions if you are in District 42 and for other and all Toastmasters, this is just one take on this. I suggest visiting www.toastmasters.org/proxyquestions We'll also touch upon what District Governors do with respect to the c…
14 Mar 2010
Toastcaster 30 - Chris Molineux Keynotes D42 Spring Convention
Chris Molineux, World Renowned Comedian and Public Speaking coach, who worked with talents like Jerry Seinfeld & Ellen DeGeneres will keynote the Toastmasters District 42 Spring Convention in Edmonton Alberta, April 30 - May 2, 2010. In this podcast we get introduced to Chris; He tells us a little about what he does, including his recent yet somewhat unusual participation in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as well as what we can expect from him during the convention. Chris will also enlighten us today with a few little tips about humor and how to deal with writer's/speaker's block. We hope to see you all at the convention we have quite an extensive program and a lot of great food. We we also be presenting the 2010 Communication and Leadership Award to University of Alberta Chancellor Linda Hughes. Please visit our District 42 Spring Convention website for more details.
25 Feb 2010
Toastcaster 29 - Built-In Mic? Know & Remember Where It Is!
Recording your presentations is always a good idea, but if you don't know where your mic is, especially on a device like the iPhone, you could be in for a big surprise. Listen to a short lesson that Toastcaster Greg, aka The Gadget Guy took home from this experience. You can also access Greg's Gadget column at Gadgetguy.ca and also Canoe Tech Blogs at Canoe.ca EAVB_DCJGOYLTGC
28 Nov 2009
Toastcaster 28 - Ask a Toastmaster, BlogTalkRadio Live 1
Ask the Toastmaster on Blog Talk Radio Live. With Guests, Kevin Achtzener & Chuck LeBlanc. This episode looks at a wide variety of questions asked by Toastmasters. Some of these include: Why Club Officer Training is twice a year? Best ways to practice Table Topics and where Table topics fit within a meeting; Speaking opportunities inside and outside Toastmasters; Being a Test Speaker, Can you fail a speech? Working with the New Educational system and why follow the program; Does a club need a coach and building a 40 minute speech.
13 Nov 2009
Toastcaster 27 - Live Invite to BlogTalkRadio Nov 16,2009 7:00PM MT
Invite to BlogTalkRadio Pilot Episode: Toastcaster Live November 16, 2009 7PM Mountain, 8PM Saskatchewan/Central. Topic: Ask a Toastmaster, with Special Guests: Chuck LeBlanc, LGM D42 & Kevin Achtzener Past AG. Click "LISTEN NOW" below to hear all the details. Click Here to Visit Toastcaster's BlogTalkRadio Page
27 Oct 2009
Toastcaster 26 - Toastmasters 85 Year Timeline in 10 minutes
On October 22nd 1924, Dr. Ralph Smedley created Toastmasters. It's been 85 years and the organization has certainly come a long way, helping hundreds of thousands of people help improve their communication and leadership skills. In this episode we take a glimpse of that 85 year timeline in less than 10 minutes. Did you know when the first Toastmasters Magazine was published or when women were finally allowed to be members of a club? You can see the detailed timeline by visiting Toastmasters.org. Happy Birthday Toastmasters!
17 Aug 2009
Toastcaster 24 - Official Toastmasters Podcast - Bo Bennett & Ryan Levesque Live from Mashantucket
Recorded live from the 2009 Toastmasters International Convention. We introduce the Official Toastmasters Podcast by interviewing co-hosts Bo Bennett & Ryan Levesque formerly of Talking Toastmasters. They share with us what to expect from the new podcast and how will it will differ from their previous incarnation. They'll also talk about a couple of episodes they've already done, including their take on SpeakEasy -the forthcoming documentary on Public Speaking and stories emanating from this year's Convention here in Mashantucket, CT. Be sure to tune in - it'll be loads of fun and quite a few laughs too as Bo & Ryan do their thing and also poke fun at yours truly, Greg Gazin.
18 Jul 2009
Toastcaster 22 - Courage to Conquer & Beyond, Jana Barnhill Int'l President 08-09
Guest Jana Barnhill, DTM, AS President Toastmasters Int'l 2008-2009. Jana takes us beyond the Courage to Conquer - impressing upon us that we all have the potential to do great things. She shares with us about who in her life has influenced her, and how things people say- positive or negative, can impact your life. She explains how's she's different and how she overcame those obstacles. We hear success stories on how others have had the Courage to Conquer. Jana also comes clean about her first interview and trip to the International Speech Contest (Regional) Finals that didn't really work out as planned and why, after 25 years, she's still a Toastmaster. An inspiring, motivating and entertaining conversation with one incredible lady, just following her visit to District 42's Spring Convention in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada.
19 Apr 2009
Toastcaster 21 - Using DVDs for Education & Low Member Meetings
Toastmasters DVDs can make a great in-meeting educational tool. They are also handy when you have low member attendance and no prepared speeches. A great alternative to just extending Table Topics. Listen to hear what one club did and how amazingly well the results were. Official Toastmasters Convention CDs & DVDs are produced by Bill Stephens Productions
16 Mar 2009
Toastcaster 19 - 2008 The Finalists, free e-Book on World Championship of Public Speaking
[16:53] 2008 The Finalists e-book (free). A behind-the-scenes look at the World Championship of Public Speaking from the 10 speakers themselves who competed at the International Convention in Calgary, Alberta Canada (District 42). Toastcaster Greg Gazin speaks with Rich Hopkins, one of the finalists and editor of the book for a sneak peak and about what went in to the making of this book. The 66-page book also features a forward by the 2003 World Champion – Jim Key. You can sign up to get a free copy of this book by visiting Rich Hopkins' website.
17 Feb 2009
Toastcaster 18 - The Club Coach Experience
Club Coach Experience- Doug Doughty District 19 Governor. Doug and Toastcaster Greg discuss what a Toastmasters Club Coach is, what are the qualities of a good club coach are; What are the requirements for a club to qualify to get a club coach. Doug also goes over the 8-step process from the time when a club coach begins through the efforts of a club to reach distinguished status and thus makes the coach successful. We cover some of the barriers to successful club coaching and materials that can be made available. PowerPoint Presentation. VIEW or DOWNLOAD
21 Jan 2009
Toastcaster 17 - The Truth Behind TLI- Toastmasters Leadership Institute
The Truth Behind TLI - Toastmasters Leadership Institute. Guest - Alice Elliott, ACG. It's more than just Club Officer Training and more than just for leaders. Listen and find out.
5 Jan 2009
Toastcaster 16 - Toastcaster Turns Two, Introduces the 2 Minute Toastmaster
Today, Toastcaster turns 2 and introduces - the 2-Minute Toastmaster. The first episode inspired by Susan Jeffers' book - Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway! The 2-Minute Toastmaster will feature very quick tips and tricks for public speakers and will allow for more frequent podcasts of interest to Toastmasters to be made available.
5 Dec 2008
Toastcaster 15 MonoDrama- Paul Meets Yoko
This monodrama is an unlikely meeting between Paul & Yoko that would have taken place in December 2006. Only an interpreted version of Paul's voice is heard. Yoko's is implied. A monodrama is where only one person speaks to another person seemingly in the room, compared to a soliloquy where the person is talking to himself. Interpretive Reading is one of the 15 advanced Toastmasters manuals. Not every project is a typical speech.
16 Oct 2008
Toastcaster 14 Striving for the World Championship Pt. 2
Martin Presse Interview Part 2. Martin offers advice for all Toastmasters on Contests and how competing elevates your abilities. Martin talks about using imagery, the importance of visualizing, why he set new goals and overcoming the the hurdles of not believing in yourself and more... (photo: Martin with his Region IV 1st place trophy)
29 Sep 2008
Toastcaster 13 Striving for the World Championship Pt. 1
Photo of Martin Presse, From District 42 after Winning the Region IV International Speech Contest in Rapid City South Dakota. Martin Speaks to Karen Tober, Editor Prairie Horizons about his experience as one of the 10 finalists at the International Speech Contest, held in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Aug 2008. Part 1 of 2. Produced by Greg Gazin
4 Sep 2008
Toastcaster 12 Avoid the Dues Blues
Toastcaster QuickTip April/October is not too far away and here's how your club can avoid the dues blues - Toastmasters Semi Annual Dues Deadline April 1 & Oct 1 - Get Dues in Early - Offer Annual Payment/ Discounts/ Incentives for early payment - Create Fee Structure list customized or your club - Don’t wait for all payments, submit at least 8.
12 Mar 2008
Why Attend a Conference or Convention Anyway?
If you've never attended a Toastmasters conference or convention, you don't know what you've missed until you attend your first one - then you're hooked. Why listen to me when you can hear from attendees themselves. Our Guests on today's Toastcast: Ganga Dekka, Colt Discovery, just attended his first. Alex Neilson, New Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, attended 2, and the Idea Man himself, Bob Hooey Accredited Speaker and Past District Governor, who really can't remember how many he attended. When you're done, make sure you also listen to Volume 8 - the D42 Spring Convention. Listen and Enjoy [Vol#9]
12 Mar 2008
D42 2008 Spring Convention - Edmonton
If you've never been to a Conference or Convention you don't know what you're missing. Get a sneak-peak and hear all about the D42 2008 Spring Convention to be held May 2-4 in Edmonton, as we chat with Toastmaster and Convention PR chair Kerrianne Koehler-Munro. [Toastcaster #8]. Watch for Volume 9 coming soon, where you will hear from a first timer a third timer and a 60th time conference attendee and get their take on what Conferences & Conventions are all about!
9 Jan 2008
Creating Your Future w/Craig Valentine
It's this time of the year where we think about resolutions. Many of us break them by Jan 15th. Perhaps we may be motivated by looking at our future instead of just the next 12 months. I had an incredible conversation with 1999 World Champion Craig Valentine.Please sit back and enjoy this special presentation. (28:44)
5 Jan 2008
Toastcaster Celebrates 1st Birthday
Toastcaster Celebrates 1st Birthday. It was Jan 4, 2007 that the Toastcast was conceived - originally a High Performance Leadership Project as I worked towards my DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster designation. ( Volume 7A). Thanks for the feedback, support and of course for watching and listening. (2:55)
23 Oct 2007
District 42 Gets Distinguished & What It Means!
District 42 Distinguished in 2007 Interview with Immediate Past District Governor Mona Cooley, DTM • Mona Cooley, Larry Verbitsky, Joan McAulay accept the Award • Congratulates the Team and Members • What is a Distinguished District? What are the Numbers? • What does it mean to the Clubs and Members? • A Toastmasters District is like a corporation of 4000 • How Mona sees Toastmasters – more than just Public Speaking • From Reluctance to Leadership • Final Words of Wisdom time: 17:17
10 Jan 2007
Toastcasters #2 10JAN07 TLI/COT
Toastmasters Podcast - Special Guest Alice Elliot. Discussion is regarding the upcoming TLI - Toastmasters Leadership Institute and Club Officer Training in Edmonton Jan 27, 2007. Also go to www.d42.org
4 Jan 2007
[08;44] Inaugural Demo Podcast with Mona Cooley, DTM, District 42 Governor. Mona's Theme for 2006-2007 is: "Lead with Purpose Communicate with Confidence" I thought that it would be appropriate that the first one, specific for D42 should feature none other than the Rockin and Rollin’ DG herself. :) The benefit of a podcast is that it is something that people can listen to. While we strive for face to face communication we can’t do it 24/7. And while text, manuals and e-mails can often do the job to relay information, it’s nice to have something that can bridge the gap between the written and the in person. It’s also something people can listen to while they are doing something else. For extended Toastcaster episodes, people can listen to it in their cars or iPods. ....And thus the Toastcast. Enjoy! Greg...