Understanding & Celebrating Neurodiversity – Jolene Stockman, DTM
Jolene Stockman, DTM, speaks on her personal story of discovering and embracing her autism diagnosis. Stockman explains how Toastmasters offered her brain the perfect environment and program and why she prefers to be called “autistic” rather than a “person with autism.” You can read her article, “Learning to Love My Autistic Identity” in the May 2023 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.
Defying Dad’s Expectations Leads to Flourishing Leadership - Diana Robertson
As a teenager, Diana Robertson was crushed when her father told her she didn't have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. She set out to show him otherwise. In this episode, this once shy introverted young woman shares how she overcame challenges through a mix of determination and help from Toastmasters in both Russia and the U.K. Learn more about Robertson in the February 2023 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.
Tone-Up Your Voice – Jillian Mitchell
Do you love the sound of your own voice? Whether you do or not, Jillian Mitchell, a vocal coach and voice advocate, believes everyone has a unique vocal "sound print," and that with practice your voice can become more open and resonant. Mitchell explores all-things tone, including what makes your voice unique and how you can unblock your voice to improve your vocal quality. She even guides the hosts through a fun vocal exercise that listeners can try out for themselves. Interested in learning more and trying a vocal exercise? Read Mitchell’s article in the Toastmaster magazine.
This is Us – The Toastmasters Podcast – Greg Gazin and Ryan Levesque
Distinguished Toastmasters Greg Gazin and Ryan Levesque offer insight as a follow-up to the March 2023 article in the Toastmaster magazine, “Tune In to The Toastmasters Podcast.” The hosts share their experiences, starting with how the podcast began, the partnership with the Toastmaster magazine, the show's raison d'être, and more.
Reinvigorate Yourself After Retirement – Jean Small, DTM, Ph.D.
Many people in their retirement years may not know what to do with themselves. Some may feel a loss of purpose because they defined themselves by their jobs, or feel they are too old to do new things. In this episode, meet Jean Small, DTM, Ph.D. After retiring in 2003 at the age of 68, she then joined a Toastmasters club in Jamaica. In 2021, she joined a club in Haiti to continue practicing her French by giving speeches. Small, now 88, is highlighted in the March 2023 issue of the Toastmaster magazine, “5 Ways to Reinvigorate Yourself After Retirement.”
Breathe Life into Your Slide Presentations – David Henson
Are your slides sucking the life from your presentations? Fear not! David Henson has spent over 30 years on slide design, and he can help you turn your nightmarish deck into a dream. Known as The Slide Presentation Man, Henson runs masterclasses to teach people how to step up their presenting game and become effective visual communicators. For more tips on creating strong slides, read his article in the Toastmaster.
Enhance Any Presentation with Clown Presence – Don Colliver
Clowning around in school or around the office can get you into a little hot water, but in this episode Don Colliver shares how “clown presence” can take your presentations to the next level. Colliver is a trainer, professional speaker, and author of Wink: Transforming Public Speaking with Clown Presence. He provides three specific techniques for incorporating inclusive clown humor into your next presentation even if you feel you don’t have a funny bone in your body. Read more on this topic in his January 2023 Toastmaster magazine article, “Clowning Around.”
Leveraging Emerging Research & Insights from Future-Self Science—Ryan Levesque
Toastmasters Podcast co-host Ryan Levesque, DTM, speaks about his January 2023 Toastmaster magazine article, “Meet Your Future Self—Today”. In the article and this podcast episode, Levesque shares his insights from the emerging field of future-self science and offers practical suggestions for applying the concept.
Introducing Kevin Snyder, Toastmasters' Newest Accredited Speaker
Kevin Snyder, DTM, earned the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation at the 2022 Toastmasters International Convention, becoming one of only 90 individuals to receive the accreditation since the program began in 1981. Outside of speaking and writing, Snyder’s personal “claim to fame” is that he lived his childhood dream of meeting Bob Barker and winning big on the television game show The Price is Right. Hear about that in his interview along with a taste of his incredible journey. Learn more about him in his Accredited Speaker profile.
From Quiet Engineer to Passionate Podcast Host – Cristóbal Colón
Cristóbal Colón shares his incredible journey of taking his passion for Toastmasters and podcasting and transforming himself from a quiet engineer to podcast host. He also shares how living through Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria factored into his decision to finally start his podcast and enlightens listeners on how podcasting has improved his speaking skills and more. You can also read about his experience in the Toastmaster magazine.
Using Metaphors to Power Up Your Presentations – Oscar Santolalla, DTM
When used effectively, metaphors are magic spells of communication; visual eye candy that cements the connection between you and your audience while doubling as powerful tools of persuasion. In this episode, speaker and author Oscar Santolalla, DTM, enlightens listeners on how and why we should use metaphors in our presentations.
Proper Name Pronunciation Makes a World of Difference – Fiona Price, Ph.D.
Pronouncing names properly has always been worth paying attention to, but with ongoing globalization, it has become more important than ever. In this episode, Fiona Swee-Lin Price, Ph.D., a cross-cultural communication specialist, award-winning keynote speaker, and name expert shares her tips for name pronunciation, especially with names derived from languages we do not speak.
Cyril Junior Dim - 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking
In this episode, meet 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking Cyril Junior Dim, and learn about the journey that led him from Zimbabwe to Poland, to Toastmasters, and then to the world stage. Also, hear about his winning speech, "Ndini," and discover some of the unique, non-traditional ways he rehearsed, obtained feedback, and more. You can read about Dim and the other two winners in this Toastmaster magazine article.
Meet "The Irish Oracle" – Ted Corcoran, Past International President
Ted Corcoran, DTM, has left an indelible impact on the history of Toastmasters. Not only did he serve as an International President, but he helped originate what became known as the Distinguished Club Program and introduced a lively "underground" tradition to the annual International Convention that is now a part of the official agenda—the Sing-Along. At 79-years-old, Corcoran continues to assist Districts and members around the world.
The Competition, a Toastmasters-Inspired Satirical Novel – Katherine Collette
After her first Toastmasters meeting, Katherine Collette realized a public speaking club offered the perfect backdrop for a novel. Years later, her second novel, The Competition, is a satirical work featuring a fictional and hyperbolic Toastmasters-like organization called SpeechMakers. Set at the organization's annual national convention, Collette describes the novel as "a love letter to Toastmasters." In this podcast episode, Collette shares her inspiration, her experience as a Toastmaster, and the similarities and differences between Toastmasters and SpeechMakers. To learn more about the book and author, read the article in the August 2022 Toastmaster magazine.
Techniques for Supercharging Your Listening Skills – Joel Schwartzberg
When we think of effective communicators, what often comes to mind is how well their message is delivered with style, clarity, passion, and inspiration—essentially what comes out of their mouths. But they don’t always absorb and process what comes through their ears. In this episode, Joel Schwartzberg enlightens us with valuable tips and great stories on how leaders can become more effective listeners.
Heart-Led Leadership – 2022-2023 International President Matt Kinsey, DTM
Meet Matt Kinsey, DTM, the 2022-2023 Toastmasters International President! Get to know Kinsey and learn about his Toastmasters and leadership journeys. He vulnerably shares why he considers his 2014 election loss for International Director one of the most important things that ever happened to him, and how he ultimately came to embrace a heart-led leadership style.
Meet Shirley Davis, Ph.D. – 2022 Golden Gavel Recipient
Meet Shirley Davis, Ph.D., the 2022 Toastmasters International Golden Gavel recipient. This prestigious award is given to an individual distinguished in the fields of leadership and communication. Davis is president and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, a full-service firm providing strategies and solutions for fostering high-performing and inclusive workplace cultures. She is a best-selling author of five books, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Dummies. Learn more about Davis in the Toastmaster magazine.
Anticipating the 2022 Hybrid International Convention in Nashville - Don Bittick
After two years of virtual events, the 2022 Toastmasters International Convention was conducted as a hybrid event—the in-person portion took place in Nashville, Tennessee, and streamed online. In this episode, the podcast hosts speak with Host District Chair Don Bittick to learn more about Nashville, the convention, the role of the Host District Chair, and how members can get involved.
Rising Above Onstage Mishaps and Embarrassments – Caren S. Neile, Ph.D.
Have you ever experienced or simply feared an onstage mishap? This might include falling down, falling on, falling off, or falling while climbing onto a stage. If so, then you'll want to tune in and listen to Caren S. Neile, Ph.D. Neile shares a number of her personal experiences in a fun and entertaining episode to help us learn how to rise above that most unwelcome surprise, which has also happened to the likes of Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lawrence, Pink, and former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Don't Let Fear Hold You Back – Robert A. Nevarez
Former police chief Robert A. Nevarez pays tribute to his father, Prudencio Carrera Nevarez. While a courageous man in many ways, the fear of public speaking led Prudencio to avoid formal speaking situations. Learning from his father's wisdom and struggles, Robert carried the torch in his own life and conquered the fear that his father had not been able to confront.
Demystifying the Impostor Phenomenon – Kevin Cokley Ph.D.
Do you ever feel that despite your qualifications and accomplishments you still doubt your abilities and feel like a fraud? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you just might be afflicted with something called impostor syndrome—or more appropriately, impostor phenomenon, according to Kevin Cokley Ph.D. Cokley is no impostor, even if he might admit to feeling like one from time to time. In this episode, he demystifies this often-misunderstood phenomenon and shares ideas on how to approach it.
Receiving Feedback: A Valuable Skill You Can Improve - Bill Brown, DTM
As Toastmasters, we talk a lot about delivering feedback, but we don't often focus on the necessary skill of receiving feedback. This episode shines a light on this underappreciated aspect of personal and professional development and provides tips on how to effectively receive feedback. Bill Brown, DTM, a speech delivery coach and regular contributor to the Toastmaster magazine, explains this topic. His April 2022 column further highlights some of his tips.
Kickboxing, Toastmasters, and Developing a Champion's Mindset - Jess Roper
Everyone likely agrees with the statement, “Speaking is much more enjoyable than being punched in the face.” Jessica Roper, a two-time English kickboxing champion can attest to that from her personal experience. In this episode, Roper offers some sage advice on developing a champion’s mindset, which she found for herself through struggles and successes in the kickboxing ring and on the speaking stage.
"Mind Vision" Over Eyesight – W.C. Blackmon, DTM
W.C. “Bobby” Blackmon lost his eyesight at the age of five. While living without eyesight presents inherent challenges, Blackmon has elected to conquer a plethora of additional challenges throughout his life: learning braille, playing the trumpet, writing poetry, shot put, track, wrestling, powerlifting, recording music, writing books, and motivational speaking. Although he no longer has eyesight, he has something even more powerful: mind vision. On this episode, Blackmon explains what mind visions is and how he harnesses it to accomplish big goals.
Visit Bilingual Toastmasters Clubs and Excel In a Second Language – Gwenydd Jones
This episode features Gwenydd Jones, an experienced translator, course creator, copywriter, and member of Toastmasters Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Originally from the United Kingdom, Jones shares her experience and offers tips on how to make the most out of attending a bilingual Toastmasters club meeting. Some of her tips come from her article in the April 2022 issue of the Toastmaster magazine, "7 Tips to Attend a Bilingual Toastmasters Meeting".
The "Periodic Table" of Communication Skills – David JP Phillips
David JP Phillips spent seven years studying 5,000 speakers to identify and distill the core skills and subskills of communication. On this episode of the podcast, he shares the results of his research, how many skills he discovered, and how he uses them to coach speakers to improve as efficiently as possible.
Powerful Outcomes From the Toastmasters and Rotary Collaboration – Kate McClare, DTM
When two giants like Toastmasters International and Rotary International create a strategic alliance a certain kind of magic happens. Kate McClare, DTM, shares about the strategic alliance formed back in 2019 and some of the magical moments of collaboration from those who made them happen. McClare also explains how Toastmasters and clubs can get involved.
The Experience Passport – Rashmi Ketha
In this 200th episode, meet the winner of the Pitch Us Your Podcast Idea contest, Rashmi Ketha! Ketha is a member of Parsippany Toastmasters Club in Parsippany, New Jersey, and her podcast pitch is for a show called The Experience Passport, which highlights the benefits of hobby sampling and taking a generalist approach to life.
Shoutout to the two runners up: Cristobal Colon, DTM, of Puerto Rico Toastmasters Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Jessica Roper of Sussex Online Speakers in East Sussex, United Kingdom. A special thank you to everyone who entered the Pitch Us Your Podcast contest and helped make the 200th milestone episode extra special.
Specialty-Themed Clubs Offer a Creative Outlet – Megan Preston Meyer
Common-interest or specialty-themed clubs bring members even closer together in their pursuit of improving communication and leadership skills. Megan Preston Meyer enlightens listeners on how these unique clubs can also help them become better photographers or chefs (among other things), while having a whole lot of fun with like-minded individuals. Read her article, “What’s Your Specialty?” in the February 2022 Toastmaster magazine to learn more about specialty clubs and their benefits.
Your Club Website: A Viable Marketing and Recruiting Asset – David F. Carr, DTM
While many Toastmasters clubs gravitate to social media as a method for marketing to guests and recruiting new members, David F. Carr, DTM, recommends an overlooked option—club websites. Listen to this podcast episode for Carr’s compelling thoughts and advice on how to best use a website as a successful marketing and recruiting asset.
How to Powerfully Engage Your Audience – Cathey Armillas, DTM
Are you truly engaging your audience or merely speaking to them? If you want to powerfully connect with your audience, Cathey Armillas, DTM, shares the mindset and techniques needed to break through that "invisible wall."
Toastmasters in Virtual Reality – Melanie Stark and Roberto DaCosta
Today's episode covers virtual reality (VR)—what it is, why it's important, and how communicators, speakers, and professionals can use VR to enhance their communication, connection, and careers. Toastmaster Melanie Stark and entrepreneur Roberto DaCosta guide listeners through the ins and outs of this emerging technology.
Read more about VR and how it can benefit speakers, in the January 2022 Toastmaster magazine article "Toastmasters Take Virtual to a New Reality”.
Introducing Forrest Tuff, Toastmasters' Newest Accredited Speaker
In August 2021, Forrest Tuff, DTM, became the 89th Accredited Speaker. In this podcast episode, Tuff shares stories from his personal, professional, and Toastmasters journey, including the road to becoming an Accredited Speaker. He also shares some of the obstacles—including a life threatening one—he had to overcome to bring him to where he is today.
Talking to Animals Just Like Dr. Doolittle – Claudia Hehr
In this fun episode, Greg Gazin, DTM, and Ryan Levesque, DTM, speak with Claudia Hehr. Hehr has been called a modern-day Dr. Doolittle. She pushes the boundaries of communication to include communicating with animals. Hehr explains this form of communication and how you can improve your relationships with your animal companions.
Effective Training Tools & Techniques – Gavin Meikle, DTM
An effective training session requires more than just a polished presentation. Gavin Meikle, DTM, a trainer for more than 25 years, unpacks the skills necessary to facilitate learning and deepen one's training impact. Meikle compares the mindset of a trainer versus speaker and reveals his favorite training activities. He also shares hard-fought wisdom on dealing with training challenges like skeptical attendees and unruly participants.
Virtual Event Hosting & Mastering Engagement – Amanda Mae Gray
In this episode, co-hosts Greg Gazin, DTM, and Ryan Levesque, DTM, speak with virtual event host, engagement expert, and Toastmaster Amanda Mae Gray. She shares tips and techniques on being a great virtual event host and maximizing attendee engagement on Zoom, YouTube, and related platforms.
Gray also explains a bit of her Toastmasters journey and her view on how millennials can benefit from joining Toastmasters.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!