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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 155: Repetition Can Be A Good Thing - Greg Gazin

    Toastcaster 155: Repetition Can Be A Good Thing - Greg Gazin

    [06:05] Hearing things being repeated can often drive you absolutely crazy. In this brief episode you'll learn that if used effectively, repetition in presentations, conversations and even recordings can truly be an effective tool in getting your message across.


    If you think about speeches like MLK Jr.'s, I Have a Dream, there's a perfect example.


    This podcast is also available as an article. The original article can be found at GadgetGreg.com.

    • 6 min
    Toastcaster 154: Stepping Up Your Communication Skills with Livestreaming – Markus Seppälä

    Toastcaster 154: Stepping Up Your Communication Skills with Livestreaming – Markus Seppälä

    [37:43] With Livestreaming, you are both a producer and performer. These are words from our guest today,  Markus Seppälä, who adds that it’s also public and live and lonely and dependent on tech which can certainly make it a challenge. It’s with his comedic side that he jokingly takes on a sarcastic view of Livestreaming. 


    For Markus however, it’s rewarding. He loves every minute of it and is with us to share his expertise and some of the things he’s learned along the way.


    He enlightens us on how using live-streaming tools, learning from those tools and leveraging the communication skills and other disciplines you’ve already mastered you can super-charge those skills to a whole new level just as our guest today has done - and he shares with us some of the specifics he has accomplished.


    You’ll hear how livestreaming is a mode of communication and how it differs from platforms like Zoom and Netflix.


    Plus, you’ll discover how you can “level-up your tech” with free tools like OBS and Melon that also integrate with Zoom that add a dynamic level of uniqueness and professionalism to your presentations.


    Markus also offers tips on planning a livestream, where to place your most important content and why, answering questions, and ways to engage the audience and keep them listening (not necessarily in ways you might think) and what to do when you get no audience reaction and how not to be dependent on it.


    Your livestream will live on-line forever.  Markus touches upon on how you can best plan to balance your live feed to maximize the delivery of your content yet maintain its long-term replay value.


    Any the end of the interview I’m sure you’ll all want to get started in Livestreaming.


    You can also listen to our interview with Markus on the Toastmasters Podcast Episode  #180: Comedian Masters Hybrid Meetings.


    Also check out Markus’ YouTube videos: How live streaming will improve your communication skills (5 tips) and  How to share PowerPoint slides on Zoom with OBS Virtual Camera


    Markus Seppälä is a two-time TEDx speaker, event host and stand-up comedian who brings fun to the corporate stage. You can catch Markus on YouTube where you will find a plethora of videos - with tutorials one an array of different videos showcasing his talents with teachings on topics like - Zoom, Streaming, Hybrid Meetings, Video conferencing and ways you can be a better speaker.


    Markus is based in Basel, Switzerland where he runs Comedy Basel, the biggest comedy club in town. You can find him at MarkusPresents.com.

    • 37 min
    Toastcaster 153: Making Freaking Meetings Fun & Productive - Matt Abrahams

    Toastcaster 153: Making Freaking Meetings Fun & Productive - Matt Abrahams

    [29:55] Many people avoid meetings at all costs - they feel they’re unproductive, a waste of time and simply a bandaid for bad communication in an organization. In this episode Greg speaks with return guest Matt Abrahams, educator and coach whose extensive exploration, research and experience has led him to discover a collaborative approach to keep meetings fun and exciting. More importantly they be can productive in achieving the goals of the organization and add value to the teams. And you might even be thanked for running a meeting.


    You’ll learn about the importance of planning, executing and setting expectations up front - and even determining whether there is an alternative to holding a meeting. 


    You’ll hear how to invoke emotion by leveraging meeting invites and making agendas valuable and how the information, emotion and actions are the three important key elements of any communication.   This includes the importance of paraphrasing and how that leads to better communication and boost engagement during the meeting. 


    He also stresses the value of focusing on the experience and the creative order of things and not just the content and also using physical engagement and leveraging the use of technology tools and more.


    Matt also touches on how to ensure the new way of running meetings endures and tips for running virtual meetings.


    And finally, Matt talks about his new podcast, Think Fast Talk Smart from Stanford GSB.


    Matt Abrahams teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program and co-founder of coaching consulting practice Bold Echo Communication Solutions. If that’s not enough, Matt is also the author of the book Speaking Up without Freaking Out, now in its 3rd edition. 


    You can also hear Matt on episode #93 Speaking up without freaking out and also on the Toastmasters Podcast, Episode 111, with Greg Gazin and Ryan Levesque where he spoke on how to be confident.

    • 29 min
    Toastcaster 152: Unexpected Leaders that Leave a Lasting Impression - Guinness

    Toastcaster 152: Unexpected Leaders that Leave a Lasting Impression - Guinness

    [15:26] In this episode Greg speaks about two incredible individuals whom we can call unexpected leaders. These are people who positively impact others not really with any intention but simply by doing what they do. In fact they may not even be aware of the impact that they are having on others and the long lasting impression they leave.


    You’ll hear about, Reverend Kevin Fast (left) from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada is best described as a modern day Popeye and Brittany Walsh, a.k.a  AcroBritt (RIGHT) from Portland, Oregon, U.S.A a dancer, a gymnast, former circus performer and  acrobatic archer who both happen to be individuals featured in the 2020 Guinness Book of World Records.


    Greg shares a little about each of their stories and 3 leadership lessons he’s taken away by speaking with them


    Related Materials


    If you'd like to read the related article Leadership tips from the Book of Guinness World Records you can find it at Troymedia.com.


    To hear the full interview podcast with these two inspiring Guinness world record holder's along with a bonus interview with an official judge or adjudicator and hear them tell their stories, check out:  Toastcaster 122: Setting a Guinness World Record – It Takes True Leadership. 


    A short link for that is bit.ly/toastcaster122. 


    Also please visit GuinnessWorldRecords.com


     

    • 15 min
    Toastcaster 151: Starting Effective Conversations that Yield Results – Chris Fenning

    Toastcaster 151: Starting Effective Conversations that Yield Results – Chris Fenning

    [31:31] Conversations are fundamental to everyday life – at work or at home, yet little emphasis is ever put on improving it as a skill, particularly in getting one started and keeping them a succinct as possible.


    In this episode, Greg speaks with Chris Fenning - subject matter expert and author of the new book, The 1st Minute: How to Start Conversations that gets Results. Chris will share his expertise and insight with lessons taken for the book that you can apply in many communications situations, like job interviews, conversations with the boss, presentations and even written communications.


    You’ll discover some of the most common mistakes made in that first minute and some of the misconceptions that surround it. You also learn about when that first minute really starts.


    You’ll takeaway two methods you can out to use right away:


    1) Framing, a simple 3-part process that in 15 seconds helps you provides context, clarifies your intentions, and makes your message clear: and


    2) Structured Summary: How everything we do can be described in the form of a GPS – no, not your car’s GPS but rather Goal, Problem & Solution.


    You’ll also learn why you should never ask someone, “Do you have a minute,” and more…


    Chris Fenning, in addition to author is also a husband, father and communications instructor. He lives in Amsterdam in The Netherlands and can be reached at ChrisFenning.com.

    • 31 min
    Toastcaster 150: Hardest Speech You‘ll Ever Have to Give - Greg Gazin

    Toastcaster 150: Hardest Speech You‘ll Ever Have to Give - Greg Gazin

    [32:53] Imagine the hardest speech you'll ever have to give.


    In this episode you'll hear about that speech, the process that went into creating it and the speech itself and how on that day, I felt a rollercoaster of emotions the likes of which I’d never experienced in my life.


    That day I was surrounded by loving friends and family as I said a final farewell to Elaine Baram, my best friend, my love, my wife, the sunshine of my life who I will miss forever .  It will also explain why there were no episodes over the past months. 


     



     

    • 32 min

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9 Ratings

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The host, Greg, has a warm and friendly personality who is very easy to follow. He is genuinely interested and engaged with each one of his guests— so much that is flows like a conversation than an interview.

Even non-Toastmaster members will find this series valuable for real-life applications of improving your communication skills to better yourself professionally and personally. Highly recommended — subscribe today!

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