[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[27:46] 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.
[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.
[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
[20:29] 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.
[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)
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]
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.
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. [Greg’s life journey can be found on The Official Toastmasters Podcast #089] (32:33) photos: Greg Van Borssum
I was asked to give a Toast (Special Occasions Speech Manual Project #1) and decided I would combine the honouring of our Sergeant at Arms along with a mini educational for the benefit of new member and guests so not only can they see how a Toast works, they get to know a little about what a Sergeant at Arms does and what they could get from taking on that role. Cheers! (03:32)
[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.
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.
Greg Gazin was one of the feature speakers at DEXIO 2014 in Edmonton (DEXIO.biz), along side Dr. John Gray, Arkadi Kuhlmann, Fran Hewitt and Nicole Farley. Greg shared with the audience his entrepreneurial and Toastmasters journey. Here's a clip from the projection screen feed of Greg talking about how he discovered Toastmasters and how it can transform you. (NOTE: This is a Projection Screen Capture)
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 article at Troy Media.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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)
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
Greg Gazin from Toastcaster.com, District 42 Alberta Canada Judd Spitzer, Toastcast.org, District 47 in Florida, Team up to talk to you about some of the new things you can find at the Toastmasters International Website. Live Wed July 16. 7PM MT 9PM ET. Click on the link. or read on...If you are interested, I'm trying something new and impromptu with the webmaster from D47 in Florida. It's a live broadcast using a service where up to 1000 people can participate by phone, computer or skype. You can listen, talk, textchat or participate. It's nothing fancy or formal, we're just going to be talking about TI web site.. Its more for the experiment with the technology. Regards, Greg. PS. It will be recorded and posted.
Scheduled Time: Date: Wed, July 16, 2008 Time: 09:00 PM EDT How to participate:
Call in: Dial: (724) 444-7444 Enter: 12640 # (Call ID) Enter: 1 # or your PIN
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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!
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)
Hi Everyone and Welcome to our Video Test. I recorded a live video directly from my computer's webcam. Thought I'd talk about Table Topics. Imagine the possibilities Click here: to Visit Toastcaster Video http://ustream.tv/toastcaster/videos/TgWeoxF.DCbdCYgO28Jyfw
[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.