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Toastcaster 153: Making Freaking Meetings Fun & Productive - Matt Abrahams

Toastcaster 153: Making Freaking Meetings Fun & Productive - Matt Abrahams

September 30, 2021

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[29:55] Many people avoid meetings at all costs - they feel they’re unproductive, a waste of time and simply a bandaid for bad communication in an organization. In this episode Greg speaks with return guest Matt Abrahams, educator and coach whose extensive exploration, research and experience has led him to discover a collaborative approach to keep meetings fun and exciting. More importantly they be can productive in achieving the goals of the organization and add value to the teams. And you might even be thanked for running a meeting.

You’ll learn about the importance of planning, executing and setting expectations up front - and even determining whether there is an alternative to holding a meeting. 

You’ll hear how to invoke emotion by leveraging meeting invites and making agendas valuable and how the information, emotion and actions are the three important key elements of any communication.   This includes the importance of paraphrasing and how that leads to better communication and boost engagement during the meeting. 

He also stresses the value of focusing on the experience and the creative order of things and not just the content and also using physical engagement and leveraging the use of technology tools and more.

Matt also touches on how to ensure the new way of running meetings endures and tips for running virtual meetings.

And finally, Matt talks about his new podcast, Think Fast Talk Smart from Stanford GSB.

Matt Abrahams teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program and co-founder of coaching consulting practice Bold Echo Communication Solutions. If that’s not enough, Matt is also the author of the book Speaking Up without Freaking Out, now in its 3rd edition. 

You can also hear Matt on episode #93 Speaking up without freaking out and also on the Toastmasters Podcast, Episode 111, with Greg Gazin and Ryan Levesque where he spoke on how to be confident.

Toastcaster 143: Avoiding Managerial Mistakes, Missteps & Misunderstandings – Blaine Little

Toastcaster 143: Avoiding Managerial Mistakes, Missteps & Misunderstandings – Blaine Little

October 25, 2020

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[29:25] It's tougher now more than ever for Managers to successfully navigate through the seas of Managerial Mistakes, Missteps & Misunderstandings. In today's episode, Greg speaks with Blaine Little, speaker, corporate trainer, coach and author of a new book of the same name, who'll offer some guidance and tips on helping listeners charter their course and avoid that rocky road.
 
He'll explain how a manager and leader differ as well as the difference between a mistake and a misstep and how despite good intentions micromanaging and not investing in your teams will ultimately set them up for failure. You'll also discover his 4 C's of working remotely and managing your team Little uses with his clients, and more.
 
In this valuable yet light-hearted episode, you'll get the inside track on why Little named each of his chapters for the most part after songs of a popular 80's band and where you can find a Spotify playlist he curated around it.
 
Blaine Little is the Founder and CEO of Momentum Seminars Training & Coaching, a Certified National Trainer, (CNT) as well as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
 
Little lives near Nashville TN, USA and an be reached at  MomentumSeminars.com.  His book Managerial Mistakes, Missteps & Misunderstandings: An Essential Guide to Avoid Common Pitfalls is available from Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format where you can also download the forward and the first chapter (25-30 pages).
Toastcaster 93 Speaking Up without Freaking Out - Matt Abrahams

Toastcaster 93 Speaking Up without Freaking Out - Matt Abrahams

March 14, 2018

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[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.

Toastcaster 71 The Art of Competing with Dantu & Miller

Toastcaster 71 The Art of Competing with Dantu & Miller

August 19, 2016


[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.


Toastcaster 18 - The Club Coach Experience

Toastcaster 18 - The Club Coach Experience

February 16, 2009

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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

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