Toasmasters Podcast #158

Creating Interesting Podcast Content: Part 2 – Greg Gazin & Ryan Levesque

In part 2 Toastmasters Podcast hosts Greg Gazin, DTM and Ryan Levesque, ACG, ALB continue the conversation on creating interesting podcast content in their own entertaining way. This second installment of a two episode series focuses on 5 key areas to consider in creating compelling content for your podcast. Greg & Ryan offer up practical tips, examples, applications, and relevant references to previous episodes to help give you some ideas.


Toasmasters Podcast #157

Creating Interesting Podcast Content: Part 1 – Greg Gazin & Ryan Levesque

In this two-part episode, Greg and Ryan step away from the typical interview format to talk about podcasting - specifically, how you can create interesting content. With over 900,000 podcasts and 30 million episodes on Apple Podcasts alone, there’s no doubt podcasting has become mainstream. And with the introduction of Pathways, all 11 paths offer a Podcasting elective at Level 4 giving Toastmasters around the world yet another platform to practice, enhance and showcase their communication skills.


Toasmasters Podcast #156

Spinning a Failed American Idol Audition into Success – William Hung

In this episode, Hung shares with Greg and Ryan a little about his journey including where he his now, his new book - Champion by Choice, his albums, how he discovered Toastmasters, and reliving that fateful day in September 2003 when he auditioned in front of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell in San Francisco.


Toasmasters Podcast #155

Meet the 2019 Accredited Speakers: Part 2

In the second part of this two-part series, Greg Gazin speaks with the final three of the six including: Dr. Yelena Balabanova, DTM, Seattle, WA, USA; Michael Bayer, DTM, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and Greg Van Borssum, DTM, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Toasmasters Podcast #154

Meet the 2019 Accredited Speakers: Part 1

On August 24th, 2019 at the 88th Annual Toastmasters International Convention in Denver, Colorado USA, six Toastmasters earned the Accredited Speaker (AS) designation, bringing the total number of designations awarded to-date to 87.

In the first part of a two-part series, Ryan Levesque speaks with three of the six including: Paul Artale, DTM, Swartz Creek, MI, USA; Thomas Iland, DTM Los Angeles, CA, USA; and Sima Dahl, DTM, Chicago, IL, USA.

Toastmasters Podcast #153

Merging Medical Research and Communication Skills – Dr. Wenjing He

In this episode, Greg and Ryan speak with Dr. Wenjing He, M.D., Ph.D., a member of an elite global team of surgeons and scientists conducting cutting-edge research at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

Dr. He joins the show to speak both about the fascinating research taking place in her Star Trek-like lab, as well as the communication skills enhancements taking place in the “learning lab” of the College Plaza Toastmasters club, of which she currently serves as President.

Toasmasters Podcast #152

Building Meaningful Connections – Maureen Zappala, DTM

Most networking goals are business-related: build a clientele, get referrals, find a job prospect. What if, instead of “networking,” professionals could learn to think of it as “building connections”?

Maureen Zappala, DTM, joins us in follow-up to her June 2019 article in The Toastmaster Magazine to explore practical ways that we can benefit if we shift our mindset and those behaviors that follow from "networking" to "building meaningful connections." Maureen also distinguishes the difference between extroverts and introverts, and offers a technique to help us overcome "imposter syndrome."

Toastmasters Podcast #151

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters – Harvey Deutschendorf

It’s been said that Emotional Intelligence (EI) a.k.a EQ can sometimes be more important than IQ. In this episode, Greg and Ryan speak with EI expert, speaker and author Harvey Deutschendorf. Harvey’s article, Emotional Intelligence: The Other Kind Of Smart, was the cover story for the July 2019 issue of The Toastmaster Magazine.

Harvey’s book is entitled The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success. Harvey lives in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and can be reached through his website: TheOtherKindofSmart.com.

Accredited Speaker Podcast #150

Meet the 2018 Accredited Speakers: Part 2

In Part 2 of our interviews with the 2018 Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker (AS), host Ryan Levesque speaks with the final three of the six: Maurice DiMino from Los Angeles, California, Tamara Hamilton from Reston, Virginia, and Terry Watson from Chicago, Illinois.

Similar in Part 1, you'll once again learn about these three extraordinary and fascinating individuals, hear about their AS journey, including what they learned from their accomplishment, and some very valuable lessons from the content of their presentations.

Accredited Speaker Podcast #149

Meet the 2018 Accredited Speakers: Part 1

On August 25th, 2018, at the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, United States, six Toastmasters earned the renowned Accredited Speaker (AS) designation. A record 24 applicants vied for the designation, and the six new Accredited Speakers bring the total number awarded to-date to 81.

In the first part of a two-part episode, Greg Gazin speaks with three of the six including: Greg Wood, DTM from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (top left), Valda B. Ford, DTM from High Point, North Carolina, USA and Edwin W. Ettinghausen, ACB from Murrieta, California, USA.

Pat Johnson, DTM Podcast #148

Handbook for Building and Sustaining Vibrant Toastmaster Programs in Corporations - Pat Johnson, PIP DTM

In this extended interview, Greg and Ryan speak with Pat Johnson, DTM PIP about her new step-by-step handbook of the same name. Pat offers a deep dive into the subject which suggests alternative ways Toastmasters can work within the corporate world.

Pat Johnson, DTM is an ontological coach, a Toastmasters Past International President and a Toastmaster since 1983. Pat can be reached at PatTheTrainer@shaw.ca.

Christine Clapp, DTM Podcast #147

Four Habits Yoga and Public Speaking Have in Common — Christine Clapp, DTM

There’s a strong link between yoga and public speaking, according to Christine Clapp, DTM. Listen as she enlightens us about an epiphany she had and whether you’re into yoga or not and on how connecting the two can offer great insights into helping you become a better speaker.

Christine can be reached at info@spokenwithAuthority.com or on Twitter at @ChristineClapp. You can find her book Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts at PresentingAtWork.com.

Lark Doley Podcast #146

Catching Up With 2019 International President, Lark Doley

A Toastmasters for 25 years, Lark Doley, DTM, of Jonestown, Texas has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, including her current role as International President. Doley shares how she was first introduced to Toastmasters and her attraction to the Toastmasters Leadership track. She also tells us about her unique lighthouse home, her progress this year as President, including the Wow!Factor Project and enlightens us with her story behind her infatuation with “gold."

Stuart Pink Podcast #145

Stuart Pink—Creative Leadership

What does creativity have to do with leadership? How can leaders utilize leadership, and encourage it among their teams? Stuart Pink, CC, CL joins the show to explore these questions and more. Pink is a keynote speaker and coach on creativity who earned third place in the 2012 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking®. He is also the author of Brainarium: Exercise Your Creativity.

Visit https://www.brainarium.com to learn more.

Bob Hooey, PDG, AS- Podcast #144

Accredited Speaker Program Has Come a Long Way — Bob Hooey, PDG, AS

Toastmasters' Accredited Speaker (AS) program has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981. In this episode, Greg speaks with Bob Hooey, who achieved his AS designation in 1998, long before podcast was even a word.

Hooey was featured in the January 2018 issue of the Toastmaster Magazine. He’s been a Toastmaster for 28 years and is currently serving as a Regional Advisor for Region 4. Learn more about Bob by visiting Ideaman.net.