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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 70 Russ Dantu Road to World Championship Part 2

Toastcaster 70 Russ Dantu Road to World Championship Part 2

July 21, 2016


[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.

Toastcaster 69 How Toastmasters helps Authors w/Rick Lauber

Toastcaster 69 How Toastmasters helps Authors w/Rick Lauber

July 9, 2016

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[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.

Toastcaster 67 Ummo App: Your Harvard Developed Personalized Speech Coach

Toastcaster 67 Ummo App: Your Harvard Developed Personalized Speech Coach

June 13, 2016


[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.


Toastcaster 66 Whoosh! Wipes Out Your Gadget’s Bacteria

Toastcaster 66 Whoosh! Wipes Out Your Gadget’s Bacteria

May 30, 2016


[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!)


Toastcaster 65 Taking Advantage of Your Toastmaster Magazine

Toastcaster 65 Taking Advantage of Your Toastmaster Magazine

May 14, 2016


[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.

Toastcaster 64 Videos: Why Clubs Need Them - Joe MacKay

Toastcaster 64 Videos: Why Clubs Need Them - Joe MacKay

April 18, 2016


[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.


 

Toastcaster 63 iRig Mic Lav Suitable for Speakers & Podcasters

Toastcaster 63 iRig Mic Lav Suitable for Speakers & Podcasters

March 29, 2016


[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.

Toastcaster 59 Entrepreneur Credits Toastmasters for $10K Prize

Toastcaster 59 Entrepreneur Credits Toastmasters for $10K Prize

November 2, 2015

[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.


Toastcaster 58 - Virtual Ticket -Toastmasters International Convention

Toastcaster 58 - Virtual Ticket -Toastmasters International Convention

August 12, 2015

[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)



Toastcaster 57 - Russ Dantu: Road to the World Championship - Las Vegas

Toastcaster 57 - Russ Dantu: Road to the World Championship - Las Vegas

July 19, 2015

[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)


Toastcaster 56 - Spanish Train: A Journey in Vocal Variety

Toastcaster 56 - Spanish Train: A Journey in Vocal Variety

June 21, 2015

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]

Toastcaster 53 - Visual Productivity with Kevin Achtzener

Toastcaster 53 - Visual Productivity with Kevin Achtzener

April 11, 2015

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)

Toastcaster 52 - Toastmasters 90th Anniversary Resources for 2015

Toastcaster 52 - Toastmasters 90th Anniversary Resources for 2015

March 2, 2015

Toastmasters is celebrating its 90th Anniversary, but what you may not realize is that the party is lasting a whole year. So here's some information, resources, too many to mention that you and your club can use to celebrate the milestone. It even help you attract new members.

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Toastcaster 51 - A Toast and an Educational

Toastcaster 51 - A Toast and an Educational

February 22, 2015

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)

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Toastcaster 50 - Toastmasters Location Crisis with Rich Hopkins

Toastcaster 50 - Toastmasters Location Crisis with Rich Hopkins

January 17, 2015

[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.



Toastcaster 49 - Humorous Speech Contest: Much Ado About Gadgets

Toastcaster 49 - Humorous Speech Contest: Much Ado About Gadgets

December 29, 2014

After almost a decade on the District 42 Executive, I decided, ok, maybe shamed, into competing in our District's Humorous Speech Contest. We have almost 290 clubs. After winning at the Club, Area and Division levels, I didn't win, but placed 3rd at District.

I won't give too much away as to what it is about, but it involves Gadgets, Shakespeare and Frustration.

Nevertheless, if you've never competed, I encourage you all to do so. In a future podcast, I will talk about the exercise I went through, but for now, enjoy the next 7 1/2 minutes or so. You can also find this video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbH_xbhFwSCiPaC7JZ1GS_A



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Toastcaster 47 - Red Robinson Relives 50th anniversary of 1st Canadian Beatles Concert

Toastcaster 47 - Red Robinson Relives 50th anniversary of 1st Canadian Beatles Concert

August 20, 2014

RedRobinson-BeatlesinCanada-50Years.jpg[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.

Toastcaster 46 - 7 Gadgets & Tech Tools for Summer Trips

Toastcaster 46 - 7 Gadgets & Tech Tools for Summer Trips

August 16, 2014

WickedAudioSplitter.jpgWhether 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.


Toastcaster 45 - Emcee Tips for Charity Fundraisers

Toastcaster 45 - Emcee Tips for Charity Fundraisers

June 8, 2014

JimEwing-small.jpgAs 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.


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