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Communication & Leadership Learning Lab helps you become better communicators, public speakers & leaders

Toastcaster Communication Leadership Learning Lab Greg Gazin

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Communication & Leadership Learning Lab helps you become better communicators, public speakers & leaders

    Toastcaster 166: Is Your Sales Pitch like Playing Golf with Only a Putter?

    Toastcaster 166: Is Your Sales Pitch like Playing Golf with Only a Putter?

    [05:31] When you play a round of Golf, chances are that you will use more than just a putter. So why is that businesses sometimes have only one message or one sales strategy regardless of the demographic or who the potential client is?
    Same goes for communicators. Some deliver the same speech verbatim regardless as to whom their audience is.
    Sadly the results are not always as you think.
    Listen on few a few tips - for business, not golf! :)
    Image by Kevin Phillips from Pixabay
     

    • 5 min
    Toastcaster 165: 4 Tell-Tale signs to spot fake or phishing emails

    Toastcaster 165: 4 Tell-Tale signs to spot fake or phishing emails

    [11:59] It’s Halloween time. Let me share with you something that’s perhaps a little scary and that’s email.  Boo! Before you chuckle, I want you to think about this...
    You’re trying to lead your team, get your projects done and get ready for that next meeting. You’re obviously multitasking and in so much of a hurry, you don’t realize that opening just that one email could not only put you behind time, it could potentially create your worst possible nightmare - a phishing email which you've been oblivious to. Don't be afraid! Listen on.   You can also read my previous article on the topic at Gadgetgreg.com.

    • 11 min
    Bonus: GadgetGreg: CHQR Radio Interview: Nightbuds Earbuds - Kokoon

    Bonus: GadgetGreg: CHQR Radio Interview: Nightbuds Earbuds - Kokoon

    [06:31] Greg Gazin is interviewed on CHQR Radio about his Troy Media article Try Nightbuds Earbuds for a good night’s sleep.
    For anyone who offers a product or service, or in my case writes about one, it's always important to be ready and always have a few talking points and a story or two in your back pocket in case the media literally comes calling. It's great PR for you and for the product or service you're talking about.
    This is also where your Toastmasters International Table Topics impromptu skills come in really handy. 
     

    • 6 min
    ToastCaster 163: Reinvention & Tips for When Business is Slow – Stephanie Northcott

    ToastCaster 163: Reinvention & Tips for When Business is Slow – Stephanie Northcott

    [23:52] Ever wonder how to fill the gaps when business is slow? There are a number of productive things we can do - some we already know but are often forgotten. But what about when things are so slow and choices are so limited that you have to totally reinvent yourself?
    Our guest today is an expert in both those areas. Stephanie Northcott, a former corporate project administrator from Calgary, Canada in the construction and electrical utility industries found herself in a position of having no position that fit her skills due to a corporate. 
    With a decade of extensive experience under her belt, Stephanie decided to take matters into her own hands. She put her administrative skills and strengths to work becoming an entrepreneur specializing in helping sole proprietors and online entrepreneurs as a virtual assistant, relocating her family and now working from the paradise of Guanajuato, Mexico.
    In this episode, Stephanie shares a little about her journey, what a virtual assistant does and shares a number of tips that she has discovered and things you can do when business slows to a crawl.
    Many of her tips and nuggets of wisdom come from the article: Filling the Gaps when Things Get Slow that can be found on her blog as well as on LinkedIn.
    Some of the tips include: Examining your business from the outside in, posting past content and cleaning up those nagging “tolerations” and more.
    You can find Stephanie Northcott on LinkedIn or reach her via her website: StephanieNorthcott.com.

    • 23 min
    ToastCaster 162: 5 Lessons From My 1st professional Speech – Kate McClare

    ToastCaster 162: 5 Lessons From My 1st professional Speech – Kate McClare

    [25:23] What can you learn from your first professional speech (outside Toastmasters)?
    In this episode Greg speaks with copywriter Kate McClare who pulls back the curtain and shares five powerful lessons and more from her recent live presentation to a group of CPAs. These lessons are basic fundamentals but important reminders that every speaker should remember if they want to make an impact on their audience and of course the organization who engaged them.
    You can also hear Kate in her interview with Greg Gazin & Ryan Levesque on the Toastmasters Podcast, episode #201, Powerful Collaboration between Toastmasters International and Rotary International.
    Kate McClare  runs a company called Kate’s Copy, a writing and editing service. Specializing in Digital, Video and Print content for Marketing and PR professionals, Web Designers and Entrepreneurs.
    Kate is passionate about Language and prides herself with her ability to harness the power of the written word for better storytelling.  She’s is also a Distinguished Toastmaster and a frequent contributor to the Toastmaster Magazine.
    Kate McClare lives in Hollywood, Florida and can be reached on LinkedIn or at KatesCopy.net.

     

    • 25 min
    Toastcaster 161: Recognizing and Harnessing Life Changing Moments

    Toastcaster 161: Recognizing and Harnessing Life Changing Moments

    [31:19] Has the pandemic created for you or someone you know an unnerving unexpected and totally unprepared for, life changing moment? In reality, life-changing moments happen all the time. Many however, are not crises but unrealized opportunities. In fact, some of the best ones are often disguised, pass us by and are only noticed in hindsight. 
    In his opening keynote session, you’ll hear from Past District 42 Governor (Director) Greg Gazin, DTM.  You’ll hear ways you can recognize life-changing moments and learn tips to harness them to help you catch your second wind and keep you sailing in the right direction.  
    In this light-hearted session, Greg will share some of his epiphanies, adventures and misadventures of transformation both outside and inside Toastmasters as he meandered some of those moments. You’ll also hear how Toastmasters played a role but also mistakes he made and the differences it would have made if Pathways - Toastmasters Educational Program would have come along earlier.
    Recorded via Zoom as part of Toastmasters District 42 2022 Spring Conference.
    VIEW AS VIDEO: https://youtu.be/ohXygqYKtqA
    (Note: In one moment inadvertently said "Toastmaster" when I should have said "ToastCaster." "In 2006, I created the ToastCaster Podcast." The Toastmasters Podcast was originally created by Ryan Levesque & Bo Bennett. I became host and producer of the Toastmasters Podcast in 2014.)


     

    • 31 min

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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Greg is the best! I can literally feel his sincerity in everything he says, and I can tell the guests he brings on are people he is genuinely excited to share with his listeners. There is truly an episode that will benefit everyone - don’t miss it!

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Make communication fun again!

Listening to this show is like talking with a good friend you enjoy learning effortlessly from.

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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