[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.
[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 curated by Sheryl Roush.
[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
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[02:15] Today video is pretty commonplace. It's so easy to simply shoot a video on your iPhone and in virtually zero time have it published for all to see. Some clubs, like New Entrepreneurs Toastmasters has always been an early adopter of technology to help promote the club. To save bandwidth and other reasons, Toastcaster Episode 3 featured a highly compressed version of the video that really didn't do it justice. Still, it's the #1 most popular episode to date. Recently, we found the original footage and ironically its been exactly 10 years ( recorded in 2006). No it's not high-def (it's 480p), nor does it totally adhere to today's standards, but we thought you might enjoy it. Maybe it will encourage your club to create one if you haven't already.Video created by Joe MacKay Revovideo.com
[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.
[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)
[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)
[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.
Guest Post: Toastmasters International President Mohammed Murad, DTM visited District 42 (Alberta/Saskatchewan, Canada). Rookie Toastmaster Marta Munoz, CC had an opportunity to sit down with President Murad for a few minutes at the D42 Fall Conference, held in Calgary, Nov 7-9, 2014.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Get ready to Laugh!!! Take off Eh! Jana and Robert (Bob) Barnhill International President and Past Int'l Pres respectively, visited Toastmasters D42 (Saskatoon Saskatchewan) in May 2009. Of course Jana got all the attention so Robert felt a little left out. So District Governor Elect Tim Hubick decided that he would do something about it so he asked LGET Elect Greg Gazin (aka Doug McKenzie, Hoser) - to be the impromptu grammarian (for some free beer, EH!), and help Robert with his Canadiana and in the meantime induct both Jana and Robert as Honorary Canadians. Beauty! Take Off Eh! It was a great pleasure and honor - not to mention a tremendous blast to have our International President Jana and Past International President Robert with us. A fun time was had by all!
A larger version of this video can be seen on YouTube
Video Preview Image by Spencer Fawkes
[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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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]
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)
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)
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
We want to encourage every Toastmasters Club in District 42 to have a website - or at least a web page. Grand Prizes for Best Original Website are a 2 Minute Promotional Video Courtesy of Revovideo.Com and a Digital Video Camera for your club, courtesy of Canon Canada. In the secondary category, the Best FREETOASTHOST website will also receive a Canon Digital Video camera. Visit D42 website for details.
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.