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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 62 Lance Miller: Bad Super Bowl Interview/Dealing With Failure

Toastcaster 62 Lance Miller: Bad Super Bowl Interview/Dealing With Failure

February 15, 2016

[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

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 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 55 - Sheryl Roush, Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program & Special Event

Toastcaster 55 - Sheryl Roush, Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program & Special Event

June 8, 2015

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)

Toastcaster 54 Mad Max: Fury Road Critical Communications on a Movie Set

Toastcaster 54 Mad Max: Fury Road Critical Communications on a Movie Set

May 3, 2015

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

 



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 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 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.


Toastcaster 44 - Greg Gazin talks Toastmasters - DEXIO 2014 (screen clip)

Toastcaster 44 - Greg Gazin talks Toastmasters - DEXIO 2014 (screen clip)

May 7, 2014


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)

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Toastcaster 42 - Keep your Ahs for your Doctor

Toastcaster 42 - Keep your Ahs for your Doctor

January 2, 2014

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..

Toastcaster 29 - Built-In Mic? Know & Remember Where It Is!

Toastcaster 29 - Built-In Mic? Know & Remember Where It Is!

February 24, 2010

Voice REcorder 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

Toastcaster 28 - Ask a Toastmaster, BlogTalkRadio Live 1

Toastcaster 28 - Ask a Toastmaster, BlogTalkRadio Live 1

November 28, 2009

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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.

Toastcaster 27 - Live Invite to BlogTalkRadio Nov 16,2009 7:00PM MT

Toastcaster 27 - Live Invite to BlogTalkRadio Nov 16,2009 7:00PM MT

November 13, 2009

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.

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Toastcaster 24 - Official Toastmasters Podcast - Bo Bennett & Ryan Levesque Live from Mashantucket

Toastcaster 24 - Official Toastmasters Podcast - Bo Bennett & Ryan Levesque Live from Mashantucket

August 17, 2009

ToastcasterPic24z.jpg 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.

Toastcaster 22 - Courage to Conquer & Beyond, Jana Barnhill Int’l President 08-09

Toastcaster 22 - Courage to Conquer & Beyond, Jana Barnhill Int’l President 08-09

July 18, 2009

 

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.

Toastcaster 19 - 2008 The Finalists, free e-Book on World Championship of Public Speaking

Toastcaster 19 - 2008 The Finalists, free e-Book on World Championship of Public Speaking

March 15, 2009

finalistcov.jpg[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 KeyYou can sign up to get a free copy of this book by visiting Rich Hopkins' website.

Toastcaster 16 - Toastcaster Turns Two, Introduces the 2 Minute Toastmaster

Toastcaster 16 - Toastcaster Turns Two, Introduces the 2 Minute Toastmaster

January 5, 2009

Snapshot2009-01-0520-13-43.jpg 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.

Toastcaster 14 Striving for the World Championship Pt. 2

Toastcaster 14 Striving for the World Championship Pt. 2

October 16, 2008

martin2.jpgMartin 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)

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