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Communication, Leadership and Learning Lab for people including Toastmasters wishing to improve their Public Speaking, Communication, Confidence & Leadership Skills

Toastcaster Communication Leadership Learning Lab Greg Gazin

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Communication, Leadership and Learning Lab for people including Toastmasters wishing to improve their Public Speaking, Communication, Confidence & Leadership Skills

    Toastcaster 128: The Rx for Leadership – Daniel Rex, CEO Toastmasters Intl.

    Toastcaster 128: The Rx for Leadership – Daniel Rex, CEO Toastmasters Intl.

    [20:39] In a rare live interview opportunity, host Greg Gazin speaks with Daniel Rex, CEO, Toastmasters International during a Fall visit to District 99, Edmonton, Canada. In this episode, Dan talks about why he visited our fair city from Denver, CO and a special connection Dan has to our own Peter Kossowan, a.k.a. Mr. Toastmaster. 
    We also learn a little more about Dan, what he likes to do, interesting things you may not know about him, how he discovered Toastmasters and how he’s evolved since joining the organization over 25 years ago.
    As the CEO to one of the world’s largest not-for-profit communication and leadership organizations with 358K+ members worldwide, Dan shares some of his valuable leadership wisdom we can learn from. These include his thoughts on change, being a catalyst for change as well as his take on authentic leadership, and more.
    Please enjoy this informative yet fun interview with Dan as a perfect close for this year and this decade.

    • 20 min
    Toastcaster 127: Caregiving - The Ultimate Leadership Role - Rick Lauber

    Toastcaster 127: Caregiving - The Ultimate Leadership Role - Rick Lauber

    [19:56] When we think of caregiving, leadership is not usually the first word to come to mind. But when you research what this often unexpected responsibility requires, you’ll see how it extends beyond a typical leadership role; often done over and beyond one’s day job and usually has emotions attached to it. 
    In this episode Greg speaks with Rick Lauber, Author and former co-caregiver for both his aging parents. Rick shares a little of his journey and offers an honest insight as to what’s involved in really being a caregiver, what skills are needed and how it parallels with that of an organizational leader. 
    Rick shares about how this decade long experience had impacted him as well as some of what he learnt about leadership and about himself as well as what strengths he never knew he had and those skills he needed to learn along the way.
    The experience lead Rick to publish two best-selling guide books  – Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians and The Successful Caregiver’s Guide which we also hear a little about. Rick is from Edmonton, Canada and can be reached at RickLauber.com.
    Rick also appears in Toastcaster episode #69 and is a former Toastmaster. 
     

    • 19 min
    Toastcaster 126: Amazon Fire HD 10: Big Screen on a Small Budget

    Toastcaster 126: Amazon Fire HD 10: Big Screen on a Small Budget

    [11:03] On Black Friday our minds seem to wander towards the subject of shopping and for many us, it’s the time to think about getting new gadgets for work, home or when we’re out on the road. In this episode Greg takes a look at the all-new for 2019 Amazon Fire HD 10 which he recently had the opportunity of reviewing.
    You’ll hear his thoughts on the new model, some of the features, what it can be used for and how it compares to other tablets. It’s a follow up podcast for his upcoming article of the same name, which can be found at GadgetGuy.ca on Dec 1st.

    • 11 min
    Toastcaster 125: Square Wireless Payment System Helps Improve Your Cashflow

    Toastcaster 125: Square Wireless Payment System Helps Improve Your Cashflow

    Every leader knows that cashflow is king. Very few use cheques or even carry cash these days. Enter Square a low cost secure mobile payment system. It’s an easy way for you to collect payments for products or services that’s also easy and convenient for your customers allowing them to pay by credit card, debit and other pay systems.
    In this episode your host Greg Gazin has a quick look at three different options offered by Square, what they do, what they cost including their latest all-in-one Square Terminal.
    The podcast is based on Greg’s two previously published articles: With Square, you too can accept wireless debit and credit card payments (Gadgetguy.ca) and It’s Hip to be Square published by Troy Media.

    • 11 min
    Toastcaster 124: Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times – Diana Peterson-More

    Toastcaster 124: Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times – Diana Peterson-More

    [29:57] In this episode, Greg speaks with Diana Peterson-More about her new book: Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide to Leadership. Peterson-More draws from her experience as a labor lawyer, HR executive and organizational development consultant to show individuals and business leaders the way to clear, concise, and intentional communication--vital to successful human interaction in today’s fast-paced, volatile (and #MeToo) world. 
    A short read, this book has a unique format, for example, incorporating step-by-step how-to lists for each chapter, a number of case studies, analyzing what went wrong and food for thought through “What-if“ scenarios, often circling back to previous case studies as new concepts are learned.
    The book is based on real stories and practical advice, some of which Diana shares with us during our conversation including using “I” statements and the Platinum Rule and more.
    Diana Peterson-More is from Pasadena, California and can be reached through her website or at diana@dianapetersonmore.com. 

    • 29 min
    Toastcaster 123: Free $10K/Month Google Ad Grant for Non-Profits - David Ries

    Toastcaster 123: Free $10K/Month Google Ad Grant for Non-Profits - David Ries

    [31:35] Yes, your non-profit organization may be eligible for a Google Ad Grant giving you $10K per month in free Google Ad Words Advertising and it's not fake news.  In this episode, Greg speaks with David Ries, a Certified Google Ad Grant Professional who’ll give us an insight on this great opportunity for qualified non-profits and share how getting one is not as difficult as you think.
    David will explain what the grant is all about, how to find out if you qualify and some of the things you need to do and have in order for your application to be successful. He’ll also demystify some of the misinformation about the grant. 
    David also offers a good primer on Google Ads to maximize a Google Word Ad campaign. He’ll share some tips on using keywords to drive searches to your landing page or website -  information that’s relevant to anyone who may consider using Google ads. He also gives us a real world example of a client with a successful Google ad campaign and some of the ways they used keywords to zero in on their right target market.
    David Ries, a Business Development Representative at ConnectAd, assists with the assessment and strategy process for nonprofits to get started with the Google Ad Grant opportunity. His background in exclusively the startup & nonprofit sector allows him to understand how to add value to nonprofits and increase their digital presence.
    David lives in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and can be reached at david@connectad.ca. 
    For more info, check out G Suite and Google Grants for Nonprofits. 

    • 31 min

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