Toastmasters Podcast #082: Introducing Greg Gazin, Newest Host of the Toastmasters Podcast

Bo Greg RyanI have to admit, I pretty excited and honoured to now be one of the official hosts of the Official Toastmasters International Podcast along with co-hosts and my good friends, Bo Bennett and Ryan Levesque. Have a listen as we chat about Toastmasters and why I’m now part of the team.

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Emcee Tips for Charity Fundraisers – Toastcaster 45 Podcast

Jim Ewing-smallAs a Toastmaster you might be asked to host or emcee an event. Have you ever been asked to emcee a charity fundraiser? My first time is coming up, so to prepare, I checked in good friend and Distinguished Toastmaster Jim Ewing, Pro-Vision Solutions, Edmonton who has experience on this area. Have a listen to our chat.

Toastcaster 45:  Greg Gazin & Jim Ewing

 

Keep your “ahs” for your dentist

courtesy Troy Media

EDMONTON, AB, Dec 22, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Have you ever found yourself in a meeting, presenting to a client or been on the phone when all of a sudden you’re lost for words or not sure what to say?

We fear silence as being unnatural. Our natural tendency is to avoid dead air or empty space at all costs, so we fill it with crutch words, like “ah”, “um” and “err”. We’ll sometimes repeat words like “Iike-Iike-like”, and “and-and-and’ as we nervously grasp for the next thing to say. Sound familiar?

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Focus on the message, not the medium, when public speaking

Got butterflies? Then focus on the information you want to convey rather than on yourself

Greg-Gazin-digitallyspeakinEDMONTON, AB, Aug 27, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Speaking to employees, vendors, customers or even the general public is not easy. In fact, public speaking can cause havoc to our systems.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said. “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two . . . this means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Scary, isn’t it? When speaking publicly, we lack confidence; we feel our stomachs churning, chests thumping and hearts fluttering like it’s the end of the world.

Although there are many remedies for curing the butterfly jitters, one stands out above the rest: “Focus on the message and not the medium”.

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A single sales pitch does not a business make

golfWould you use one single club to play a game of golf?

EDMONTON, AB, Aug 3, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Do you use only one club to play golf? When leaving the house to head out to the course, do you wear the same coat whether it’s hot, cold, raining or sunny outside?

Probably not, so why is it that, despite no two people being alike, many businesses only seem to have one single sales pitch?

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Effective use of repetition

July 12, 2013

EDMONTON, AB, Jul 12, 2013/ Troy Media/ – “Your call is important. Please stay on the line and someone will be with you shortly.” After hearing that for the 27th time, it starts to become annoying, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, you probably dream hearing it in your sleep.

It might even become your worst nightmare.

Repetition can be monotonous – like having to make it through summer reruns on TV or listening to verbal filler such as “Like I said,” or “Did I tell you this already?” which occurs when not having enough to say or simply stumbling over your words. And  when it happens in conversation or during a presentation, it can detract from getting your point across. However, when used effectively, repeating what you have to say can actually enhance your message.

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Time Blocking 101

timeblocking.jpgTime is something we just never have enough of. As Toastmasters, we sometimes struggle to find extra time to work through the program in addition to all the things we need to do in every day life. We know its important. Distinguished Toastmaster and productivity expert Kevin Achtzener fromYoureMakingMe.com joins us here at Toastcaster to to enlighten us about Time Blocking, very different than just having a todo list or just creating your daily schedule and picking on yours truly as his volunteer guinea pig. Time Blocking is for everyone and is just one element of good Time Management which Kevin covers in his new course, Mega Productivity.
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Greg’s Comedy Clip Circa 2009

A short Clip of Greg’s Humorous Presentation for Toastmasters at the Comedy Cave in Calgary, AB. Jan 17, 2009

Toastcaster 29 – Built-In Mic? Know & Remember Where It Is!

Recording your presentations is always a good idea, but if you don’t know where your mic is, especially on a device like the iPhone, you could be in for a big surprise. Listen to a short lesson that Toastcaster Greg, aka The Gadget Guy took home from this experience. You can also access Greg’s Gadget column at Gadgetguy.ca and also Canoe Tech Blogs at Canoe.ca.

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GadgetGreg -GadgetGuy is a Geek, Not Greek, Ok a Nerd!

Being called Greek instead of Geek makes for an interesting blog post. Read about it at Canoe Space:  http://bit.ly/122Xx1