D27 Discuss with Us!
By Gi Lee
The first and only podcast hosted by District 27 Toastmasters. Come engage with District 27 Toastmasters while learning about who we are. Entertaining interviews with special guest speakers, exciting news and announcements, and and enriching conversation on communication, negotiation, mediation, leadership, team building, mentorship, and public speaking.
February was American Heart Month. In honor of this, this episode discusses what it means to live with a happy heart attitude and provide advice not just from experts but from a Toastmasters member's approach. We will cover how to keep your heart healthy and happy as wells discuss the connection between a happy heart and Toastmasters.
May 20, 2021
Writing for the Commander: Vignettes from a Pacific Fleet Speechwriter (2015)
In today’s episode of D27 Discuss With Us, you will listen to Us Navy Commander Jason Garrett present his experience writing speeches for two naval admirals. As a former Toastmaster, he will address how actively honing his communication skills enhances his career and how he developed his life motto by following "Fortune favors the bold," and "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
April 02, 2021
Spotlight on DTM Masters
Today we interview members of DTM Masters, an advanced Toastmasters club, to discuss the benefits of joining an advanced club. DTM Masters will discuss how it is unique compared to a general club, how the club contributed to the District, and the "What's In It For Me" that every Toastmaster would ask.
February 26, 2021
An Inside Look Into the Journey of a World Champion of Public Speaking
Pres Vasilev rose above 30,000 contestants from 122 countries to become the 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking. He is the author of the popular online training program “How to Master Compelling Storytelling.” For over a decade, Pres has studied, researched, and spoken on self-improvement, speaking and storytelling. Pres has coached hundreds of speakers from around the world to craft compelling stories, deliver powerful presentations, and win speech contests. In this episode, Pres Vasilev will discuss how he went from learning English as his second language to becoming an effective evaluator. He will also describe his experience as he competed in the 2013 Toastmasters International Speech Competition and how he won.
January 15, 2021
Interview with Sheryl Roush, DTM, AS
In this episode, we discuss some public speaking tips and advice with Sheryl Roush, DTM, AS. Sheryl Roush is the youngest female in the world to be honored by Toastmasters with their elite Accredited Speaker designation for outstanding platform professional speaking. Only 88 have earned the award since 1981. She also will discuss what it means to be an Accredited Speaker.
December 16, 2020
Cultural Diversity in Toastmasters Club and Beyond
Cultural diversity surrounds us everywhere. Toastmasters International is an international non-profit organization which membership base includes representatives from all over the world. We might work for an international organization with a diverse range of co-workers or clients. Friends and in-laws might come from a different cultural background. Can we talk to all of them the same way? Well, we could but we may miscommunicate or misinterpret what they are saying. Understanding nuances in verbal and nonverbal communication make a difference. In this podcast, we’ll explore some do’s and don’ts and best practices on how to address a diverse audience. Our guest today is multicultural communication specialist Alfonso Pernia from the bilingual Toastmasters club “Que Pasa.” He shared with us how his club embraces cultural diversity and also his experience on how to target a culturally diverse audience.
November 16, 2020
My School Lunch
A short funny story about how one school lunch launched a new lunchtime tradition!
November 02, 2020
Advantages of Promoting Diversity in the Workplace
This podcast will discuss the advantages of diversity in the workplace with Linda Zhou. A diverse workplace employs people of different genders, ages, races, cultural backgrounds, languages and national origins. Workplace diversity offers many advantages: Broadened problem-solving and creativity: A diverse workforce bring a wide array of experience, skills, perspectives and insights to problem-solving, increases innovation and strategic thinking. Better decision-making: Diverse groups of employees pull from a wider range of sources and experiences and make sounder decisions leading to improved results for the agency. Increased productivity and profitability: Ambitious employees are more motivated when the work environment is inclusive; resulting in increased productivity and profitability. Those organizations are more likely to be high performing.
October 26, 2020
Appreciating Generational Differences in Toastmasters
Today, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, Millennials, and soon Generation Z will all work together to accomplish common Toastmaster organizational goals. With differences in each of these generation's viewpoints, upbringings, culture, ideas, beliefs, and experiences, you are likely to see some tiffs or clashes within Toastmasters. Sharon Anita Hill, DTM, PID, RA will answers questions about understanding and learning how to communicate with different generations within your clubs, areas, divisions, and district leadership. Managing these four generations under one roof is achievable!
October 25, 2020
A Spotlight of 5-Star Toastmasters (Part 2)
A continuation from the last episode where Paola Fattorini interviews her fellow Toastmasters about the importance and impact of diversity with 5-Star Toastmasters. Listen as she discusses what makes 5-Star unique.
October 22, 2020
A Spotlight of 5-Star Toastmasters (Part 1)
Paola Fattorini interviews her fellow Toastmasters about the importance and impact of diversity with 5-Star Toastmasters. Listen as she discusses what makes 5-Star unique.
October 21, 2020
A Look into the Future of Toastmasters with 2020 Toastmasters International President Richard E. Peck, DTM
Richard E. Peck, DTM, is the International President for the 2020-2021 program year. Peck was a senior member of the Network Support division at AT&T, where he had worked for over thirty years. During his tenure as a project manager, he led cross-functional teams to successfully deliver several multimillion-dollar high-tech projects annually. His volunteer work includes serving as club president and Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis International, serving with Lions Club International, as well as serving in various capacities with the Catholic War Veterans. Peck enjoys traveling, studying world cultures, and helping others achieve more than they believe they can.
September 01, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Presenting Virtually: A Two-Part Series - Part Two
Excellent public speaking is a desirable skill that we all try to attain. With the current shift to the virtual world, this allows us to explore new opportunities and avenues. Be it professional, conducting a presentation, or meeting online, how do we deliver our message most effectively? Be it private, celebrating an anniversary or birthday, how do we acknowledge achievements and deliver social speeches at online social events? The next two series in D27 Discuss With Us will analyze and develop some ideas for the new challenges we are encountering in the virtual world. The second episode of this two part series addresses technology issues. Although the podcast does not want to teach the basics on how to use virtual platforms, we want to touch up on common issues and problems. In the end, features are mostly similar, and it is “just” a matter of clicking the right bottom. The podcast wants to address how to charmingly play around technical issues one may encounter. As updates occur frequently, how can we prevent the awkward gap of delivering a speech when encountering technical issues?
September 01, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Presenting Virtually: A Two-Part Series
Excellent public speaking is a desirable skill that we all try to attain. With the current shift to the virtual world, this allows us to explore new opportunities and avenues. Be it professional, conducting a presentation, or meeting online, how do we deliver our message most effectively? Be it private, celebrating an anniversary or birthday, how do we acknowledge achievements and deliver social speeches at online social events? The next two series in D27 Discuss With Us will analyze and develop some ideas to the new challenges we are encountering in the virtual world. The first episode of this two part series addresses the issue of delivering content effectively on an online televideo conferencing platform. How can we prevent not just speaking to the computer but rather connect to the far away audience? How do we keep people engaged listening to the virtual speaker without the normal methods, such as eye contact, body gestures, and movement? How can Toastmasters help us with public speaking, presentation, and leadership skills?
August 14, 2020
Being a TOP HAT leader with Charles S. Gates, Immediate Past Region 7 Advisor
New Jersey native, Charles S. Gates is an entrepreneur, coach, trainer, emcee and transformational speaker. Charles takes his audience and clients from mundane to magnificent, using his TOP HAT leadership philosophy. His high-energy presentations and workshops are fun, in-your-face, and memorable. Charles has been featured in the New Journal and Guide, Virginia’s oldest African American owned newspaper, The Suffolk News Herald, WAVY News 10 (Norfolk), WODU’s Let’s Face it Radio Show with Wil Strayhorn and WNSB’s Nonprofit Exchange Radio Show with C. Richard Gillcrese. He has also appeared on The Common Show with Juanita, WHRO’s Another View and the now defunct Cheryl Wilkerson Presentstelevision shows. Charles serves on the boards of a handful of community based non-profits and was the immediate past Region 7 Advisor for Toastmasters International. He lives George Washington Carver’s mantra, “no individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”
July 29, 2020
Interview with 98-year-old Helen Burkett, 13 DTM achiever
Just celebrating her 98th birthday, long-time member Helen Burkett discuses the challenges and her journey as being one of the first few females who joined Toastmasters and how she took that experience to receive her 13th DTM award.
July 23, 2020
Insider View with Toastmasters International Second Vice President Matt Kinsey
Matt Kinsey, DTM, of Coral Springs, Florida, is the CEO of MK Tech Group in Coral Springs, Florida, which he started in 2007. Kinsey oversees all aspects of his IT consulting firm that services small and medium-sized businesses in the South Florida area. Kinsey holds a master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He has a certificate in strategic management and was recognized with the Silver Beaver and Vigil Honor awards for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. As a Boy Scout volunteer for 23 years, he has held numerous positions within the organization including district chairman, event chairman, and currently serves as the council’s camping chairman. A Toastmaster since 2003, Kinsey is a charter member of his home club, Outspoken Toastmasters, in Coral Springs. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization. “I have learned that to be most successful, you need to lead with your heart and not your head,” he says. “There is no finer program than Toastmasters for helping people build their self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.” As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Kinsey is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support, and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
July 18, 2020