Toasmasters Podcast #190

Overcoming Your Inner Stutter – Joze Piranian

How does a lifelong stutterer become a successful motivational speaker and stand-up comedian? Joze Piranian avoided speaking almost entirely for more than 25 years until he decided he would no longer let his stutter stand in the way of living a full and fruitful life.

Piranian credits a combination of speech therapy and Toastmasters training for propelling him to new heights. Listen to this podcast to hear his journey and read more about him in the October Toastmaster magazine.


Toasmasters Podcast #190

Verity Price—2021 World Champion of Public Speaking

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Verity Price, DTM, is the first Toastmasters World Champion to emerge from the world's second largest continent, and the sixth female to hold the title. Price's winning speech, "A Good Read," tells the story of how coming across a letter from her late father during a dark period inspired her to "write a different story" with her life.

In this podcast episode, Price shares insights on delivering in a virtual environment, how she incorporated global feedback to prepare her speech, and the psychological principles that underpin the content of her speech. She also talks about her background as a singer, songwriter, and actress.


Toasmasters Podcast #189

Toastmasters and Trivia Knowledge Propels Dennis Chase to 50K Jeopardy! Payday

For 30 years, Dennis Chase, DTM, dreamt of making it to the Jeopardy! stage and winning—now his dream has come true. In this episode, Chase shares a bit about his journey to a 50,000 Jeopardy! payday and how his Toastmasters skills came into play both during the interview process and throughout the show’s tapings.


Toasmasters Podcast #188

Charting New Territory – 2021–2022 International President Margaret Page, DTM

In this episode, Greg and Ryan speak with 2021–2022 International President Margaret Page, DTM. You'll get a chance to hear directly from our illustrious leader as she gives a peek into her past and her leadership journey, including divulging the pivotal moment in her professional career that led her to join Toastmasters.

Page shares her “3-2-1” model for getting the most out of every Toastmaster meeting and event, and spotlights examples of member leading the way during times of change. Don’t forget to read her profile in the September 2021 issue of the Toastmaster magazine to get to know our new president even better!


Toasmasters Podcast #187

Resume and Profile Tips for Toastmasters – Victoria Salem

Professional coach and networking expert Victoria Salem shares best practices for highlighting skills and experience gained from Toastmasters on one's resume/CV and LinkedIn profile. Salem helps individuals build stronger relationships and communicate better so they can enjoy more success and create new opportunities.

Her article “Revamp Your Resume” is featured in the August 2021 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.


Toasmasters Podcast #186

How To Communicate Effectively Across Cultures - Dean Foster

Globalization means we live on an increasingly shrinking planet. Whether by phone, email, Zoom, or social media, most of us interact with people from another culture on a regular basis. And it can be challenging! Fear not, if you listen to this podcast, it can get a bit easier.

Dean Foster has been speaking, writing, and consulting for more than two decades on the nature of culture and its role in society, work, and politics in a globalizing world. Foster is the founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions and founder and former Worldwide Director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural.


Toasmasters Podcast #185

Virtual World Tour 2020-21 Toastmasters International President Richard E. Peck

The 2020-2021 Toastmasters International President, Richard E. Peck, DTM, returns to the Toastmasters Podcast to share his experience of undertaking a virtual world tour. President Peck traveled in his armchair to clubs in more than 140 countries. In this episode, he shares stories from his visits and enlightens listeners about what he learned along the way.


Toasmasters Podcast #184

Meet Mauritius: Small Island, Big Club Growth - Ravin Lama

Ravin Lama is one of the Toastmasters responsible for the phenomenal club growth on the island of Mauritius. Before moving to Mauritius, Lama spearheaded a club growth effort in Nepal. In this episode of the podcast, Lama shares strategies for success in building new clubs gleaned from his experiences in both countries. Listen for fresh ideas to help start or build a club in your corner of the planet and read “Chartering on a Small Island,” in the July 2021 issue of the Toastmaster.


Toasmasters Podcast #183

Improbable ER Doctor Discovers His Voice—Dr. Shlomo Noskow

Some individuals overcome unfathomable obstacles to achieve success. In this episode, meet Dr. Shlomo Noskow, who at 21 years old found himself without any marketable skills for employment. His dedication and determination took him from an uncertain future to becoming an emergency room doctor in New York. Despite being at the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, Noskow's desire for continuous improvement found him joining Toastmasters during this unimaginable time. He discusses the challenges he faced in starting a career, and the steps he took to overcome the odds.


Toasmasters Podcast #182

Compelling Titles Make For Bold Statements—Lesley Stephenson

So much focus is put on the content of our speeches, presentations, or written material but the importance of the title is often forgotten. In this episode, Lesley Stephenson, DTM, explains what a good title is and why it’s important that you pay attention to it when you create your content. She'll also share some tips on how to go about creating that fitting title and things to avoid along the way.

For more title tips, Stephenson’s article, “Titles That Talk,” is featured in the April 2021 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.


Toasmasters Podcast #181

Clear Communication Critical to Conquer COVID—Michael Osur, DTM

Michael Osur, DTM, is director and chief health strategist of the Riverside County Department of Public Health in California and a former Toastmasters International Director. Osur shares the challenges his department faced over the past several months, and how skills learned in Toastmasters equip him to lead, serve, and communicate every single day. To learn more, read the Toastmaster magazine May 2021 online exclusive Q&A with Osur.


Toasmasters Podcast #180

Comedian Masters Hybrid Meetings – Markus Seppälä

In this episode, Greg and Ryan speak with Markus Seppälä, a TEDx speaker, event host, and stand-up comedian who has become an expert in hybrid meetings—a combination of live and online. Learn a little about Seppälä and what motivated him to dive so deeply into evolving meeting formats and his ongoing creation of YouTube videos on the subject. He shares some hybrid meeting tips and resources along with best practices including, what works and what doesn’t, do’s and don’ts, and the gear you might need.


Toasmasters Podcast #179

Finding Healing Through Service & Leadership - David Jones

David Jones, DTM, shares the emotional story of losing his wife in a tragic car crash, and how that experience inspired him to serve others. Jones began a journey of service, in tribute to his late wife, starting with speaking to those recently arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Eventually, he joined both Toastmasters International and Rotary International, and he's now continuing his wife's legacy working on a charitable project in Uganda that ties together his Toastmasters and Rotarian connections.


Toasmasters Podcast #178

Stage Fright: A Psychologist’s Perspective - Kristen Hamling, Ph.D.

This episode features Kristen Hamling, Ph.D., a trauma and positive psychologist, experienced Toastmaster, and presenter from Whanganui, New Zealand. Last year, Hamling found herself seized by performance anxiety during an online presentation. On this episode, she shares the experience and explores the psychological dimensions of stage fright and the tools for managing it effectively.

Read her article, “Scared of Public Speaking?” in the April 2021 issue of the Toastmaster.


Toasmasters Podcast #177

Vital Communication Skills for Entrepreneurs—Lynne Beverly Strang, DTM

Which communication skills are vital for those looking to launch or run an entrepreneurial venture or small business? Lynne B. Strang, DTM, joins the show to answer that question. Strang is a freelance writer who helps business owners meet their marketing and communications goals. She is also the author of the article “Micro Business, Macro Results,” which can be found in the March 2021 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.


Toasmasters Podcast #176

Brushing Up On A Foreign Language—Carol Bausor

On this episode, the hosts and guest Carol Bausor explore how to increase proficiency in a foreign language. Bausor is the founder of ILTC, a language training company in France. She teaches and runs workshops and events on feeling confident when speaking a foreign language. Bausor shares plenty of tips and ideas, including some counterintuitive advice that just may have you approaching fluency sooner than you think!


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