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!
Becoming an A.C.E. at Virtual Speaking – Lindy MacLaine
Virtual speaking has taken on a whole new dynamic, moving simply from presenting online to becoming an art of its own. In this episode, hosts Greg and Ryan speak with Lindy MacLaine, DTM, second runner-up at the first ever Toastmasters International Virtual World Championship of Public Speaking®. MacLaine shares a number of tips and techniques and a bit about her speech competition journey.
Accidental Comedian Finds His Funny – Stephan Dyer
Stephan Dyer, DTM, received unexpected laughter from his Toastmasters club during his first 10 speeches, which eventually led him from a career in finance to one as a global comedian, TEDx Speaker, and speaking coach.
In this episode, Greg speaks with Dyer who offers listeners entertaining insight into his journey of becoming an accidental comedian and offers some tips and tactics they can use to add humor to their presentations and help them find their funny.
Meet Our 2020 Newest and First Virtually Accredited Speaker - Mohamed Shukri
In this episode Greg and Ryan speak with Mohamed Ali Shukri, DTM, from Manama, Bahrain. He is Toastmasters International's newest Accredited Speaker, and the first to earn the designation virtually.
Shukri shares a little about his journey and final presentation, “A Safe Shortcut to Safety Culture.” The delivery of his three-part model designed to make individuals rethink safety is a prime example of presentation excellence. It's also full of valuable information for leaders wanting to help their teams learn to self-motivate.