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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 61 2006 Toastmasters Club Vintage Promo Video

Toastcaster 61 2006 Toastmasters Club Vintage Promo Video

January 11, 2016

[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

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Toastcaster 60 Don’t Get Dinged for Damage You Didn’t Do

Toastcaster 60 Don’t Get Dinged for Damage You Didn’t Do

November 20, 2015

ShaneSkinnerheadshot.jpgR360Addnote11.jpg [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.

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 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 48 - Marta Munoz interviews Toastmasters Intl President Mohammed Murad

Toastcaster 48 - Marta Munoz interviews Toastmasters Intl President Mohammed Murad

November 19, 2014

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.



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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 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 40 - Effective Use of Repetition

Toastcaster 40 - Effective Use of Repetition

July 12, 2013

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)


Toastcaster 33 - Achieving Greatness Together - It’s Toastmasters, Baby!

Toastcaster 33 - Achieving Greatness Together - It’s Toastmasters, Baby!

September 5, 2010

D37andGG.jpg 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.

Toastcaster 32 - Toastmasters Proxies 911

Toastcaster 32 - Toastmasters Proxies 911

August 4, 2010

Proxy.jpgChuck 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.

Toastcaster 30 - Chris Molineux Keynotes D42 Spring Convention

Toastcaster 30 - Chris Molineux Keynotes D42 Spring Convention

March 14, 2010

chrismolineux.jpg 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.

Toastcaster 26 - Toastmasters 85 Year Timeline in 10 minutes

Toastcaster 26 - Toastmasters 85 Year Timeline in 10 minutes

October 27, 2009

HistoryPic3.jpg 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!


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 23 - Robert Barnhill Past Int’l Pres Becomes Honorary Canadian, Eh!

Toastcaster 23 - Robert Barnhill Past Int’l Pres Becomes Honorary Canadian, Eh!

July 20, 2009

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

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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 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

Toastcaster 17 - The Truth Behind TLI- Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastcaster 17 - The Truth Behind TLI- Toastmasters Leadership Institute

January 21, 2009

alice.jpg 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.

Toastcaster 15 MonoDrama- Paul Meets Yoko

Toastcaster 15 MonoDrama- Paul Meets Yoko

December 5, 2008

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.