Episodes 44, 45, & 46- About Online Clubs

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Welcome to the podcast!

Have you heard anything about Online Toastmaster Clubs, maybe even visited a club or become a member? Well, in this episode we tried something a little different. We had a panel discussion about Online Toastmaster Clubs on Blab.im with Coach Carole, Susan Ellsworth and Ian Murray moderated the discussion so that Darryl could participate. It was a good experience using blab to have the discussion with people located in Australia, the U.S. and Germany.

  • You can find the Online Toastmasters Group here.
  • You can find the Firebird Collective’s Facebook page here.
  • You can find the Firebird Collective’s EasySpeak site here, which also has the meeting dates and times.
  • You can find Ian on Facebook.
  • You can find Ian’s Dynamic Speaking  here.
  • You can find Susan on Facebook.
  • You can find Coach Carole on Facebook.
  • You can find Coach Carole on LinkedIn.
  • Coach Carole has the Coach Carole website and  OZeLive.com
  • The podcast theme song comes from the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

We did another discussion Blab.im, where we talked about EasySpeak with Coach Carole.  You can look for this episode in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Note the top picture is a collage of Facebook pictures of Coach Carole, Ian, and Susan. The lower picture is a screenshot from the Firebird Collective meeting of November 15th.

Online Clubs Part 1

 

Online Clubs Part 2

 

Online Clubs Part 3

Remembering Oscar Merkx

Oscar Markx

We’re deeply saddened that Oscar Merkx recently passed away.  Floris Merkx announced on Oscar’s Facebook page that he passed away after a horrible illness and that family and friends have been quite shocked by the short time of diagnosis and his passing away. Oscar passed away on November 2nd and the funeral service was held on November 11th in the Netherlands.

I got to know Oscar last year. He was interested in becoming part of the Toastmasters Podcast Europe team. We had a few Skype calls, exchanged quite a few emails, he was looking forward to doing some interviews, and I was looking forward to the excitement that I could see burning in him, being part of the enterprise. I also recall how excited he was about bring the 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking to Scotland and I almost went to the event that Oscar was organizing except that fate had something else in mind for me. I really do regret now that I missed this opportunity!

Floris Merkx wrote about Oscar’s love for Toastmasters saying, “For the last 16 years Oscar has been living in Scotland where he was welcomed into the Toastmasters family , I mention the word family since we know this is how Oscar felt about Toastmasters. Toastmasters has been one of the most important things in his life and over the years we have met several Toastmasters whom he considered family and it gives us much comfort that he so enjoyed the travel, the organizing, the meetings and everything about Toastmasters that we would like to thank you all for being such a valuable part of his life. Oscar cared greatly for Toastmasters and we know it would be his wish that you celebrate his life and would like all fellow Toastmasters to know that he received a lot from Toastmasters and had great pleasure and pride in being a distinguished Toastmaster.”

Erick Rainey wrote that “Oscar was so inextricably involved in Toastmasters. I was always running into him at various events. It didn’t matter if it was club, area, division or district he was always there. Next time I am delivering a speech I will imagine him looking over my shoulder saying (in his Dutch accent) “you should have finished on time”. Well he finished before his time. He was a Tour de Force in Toastmasters. I will always remember him as man with unstoppable enthusiasm.”

Penny Haywood Calder wrote, “Who else would respond to a terminal diagnosis by becoming the last member needed to charter Livingston Toastmasters? He did that within an hour of that terrible meeting to do something positive with he had left. At that point in September he had been given up to 3 years if he had chemo, so he didn’t want to tell the world and be treated differently. But there were complications… RIP Oscar: you are an inspiration.”

Alex De Jong wrote of Oscar, “We stayed in touch many times and I’m glad that he came to London this July and helped promote the Road to Vegas event before he passed. His enthusiasm, zest, and liveliness will live on in the spirits of many Toastmasters who he touched. It’s a shame your red light came on too soon, but keep on talking buddy!“

My friend and Past District Governor from District 59, Morag Mathieson said, “At the start of the District 59 council meeting in Amsterdam yesterday we had a moment of “noise” (people talking to their neighbours about him) to remember Oscar.“

I somehow wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Oscar is already organizing clubs and events on the other side! Our time together was brief but Oscar Markx made an impact and will be remembered!

 

Darryl

You’re Invited…

Hi everyone we’re going to be interviewing Carole McCulloch​ for an upcoming episode on EasySpeak. We plan to do this on Blab.im on October 30th (7 am Central European Time). If you have a Twitter account you can join us. Blab allows up to 4 people to be on camera at a time, but everyone else can watch and participate in the chat.  We plan to record for the podcast but we will have a Q&A after the recording where you can ask your questions about EasySpeak.

The blab will be at:

https://blab.im/darryl-heron-toastmasters-easyspeak-q-a

 

If you want to convert this to your local time you can go to:

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meetingdetails.html?year=2015&month=10&day=30&hour=6&min=0&sec=0&p1=992&p2=5&p3=136

Carole and I recently did another session on Blab for the podcast and it was a lot of fun. I hope to see many of you there on Friday.

 

Darryl

Episodes 41, 42, & 43- Mohamed Hanbal

Mohamed Hanbal

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Mohamed Hanbal,  the winner of the 2015 District 95 Division F International Speech Contest. This is a interview is broken up into three parts  at around 15 minutes or so (all of which you can find further down in this post) , As Toastmasters we sometimes her remarkable speeches and stories that stick with us, I had the pleasure of seeing Mohamed compete as a very fresh Toastmaster in the Division F contest in April and he had made quite an impact on the audience that day. We talked about his father’s dying last words to him back in Egypt and his bold move to enroll in a Masters program in Germany.  We also talked about what he learned as a boxer and playing competitive handball.

  • You can find like Mohamed on Facebook
  • You can watch Mohamed giving his speech here.
  • You can find his blog here.
  • Here is the blog article that he mentioned in the interview
  • The podcast theme song comes from the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

From Mohamed’s resource list:

  • “Presenting to Win”- By Jerry Weissman
  • “How to Win Friends and Influence People”- By Dale Carnegie
  • “Have A Nice Conflict: How to Find Success and Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places” By Ken Mitchell, Michael Patterson, and Tim Scudder
  • “Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results”- By Stephen Guise
  • “The Compound Effect”- By Darren Hardy

We experimented with a platform called Blab.im, where we conducted a panel discussion on Online Clubs.  You can look for this episode in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Note the picture above was provided by Mohamed.

Mohamed Hanbal Part 1

Mohamed Hanbal Part 2

Mohamed Hanbal Part 3

Episode 40- A Saturday With Rudy part 1

Rudy Moralez

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Rudy Moralez, a longtime Toastmaster who had been living in the Stuttgart, Germany Area.  This is the first of a multi-part episode. In this first part Rudy tells us about two people he knows who have used Toastmasters to further their careers.

We have the other parts of this interview and others queued up that we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

      • You can find our more about Rudy Moralez on Facebook
      • You can watch Rudy giving his Diamond Notes at the D59 2014 Conference in Krakow, Poland here.
      • The podcast theme song comes from the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note the picture above was provided by Rudy.

Part 1 of “A Saturday With Rudy”

Episode 39- Thomas Rose

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Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Thomas Rose, who won the D95 2015 International Speech Contest in Boras, Sweden. Thomas is interviewed by Antje (read about her joining the podcast team here). Thomas and the Antonio Meza (the D59 winner did a kind of European tour together working on their speeches in preparation for the contest at the Toastmasters International  Convention in Las Vegas (held last week), they even did a date with the champs from D71 and D91.

we have several interviews queued up that we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

      • You can find our more about Thomas Rose on Facebook.
      • The podcast theme song comes from the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note: The picture of Thomas Rose comes from here.

The interview with Thomas Rose.

Please Welcome Antje And Oscar!

AO

Welcome to the podcast!

We’re pleased to announce that Antje Pohl and Oscar Merkx have joined the Toastmasters Podcast Europe team.

Antje is a Toastmaster active in the Frankfurt, Germany area. She started out at the podcast by doing several interviews at the District 95 2015 Spring Conference in Boras, Sweden.

Oscar joined Glasgow Toastmasters in April 2001 as a pre charter club that chartered in  March 2002. Oscar is a DTM since October 2009. Being Area 30 (Scotland) Governor from 2006/2007 opened Oscar’s eyes to the wider world of Toastmasters and District Conferences alternating between Ireland and United Kingdom. He became interested in organizing a district conference, which he did District 71 UK & Ireland Bid Director & Co Conference Chair for Flourish in Glasgow November 2011.

Welcome aboard, we look forward to hearing lots of great interviews from Antje and Oscar!

Episodes 37 and 38 Ovidiu Oltean

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Ovidiu Oltean, who was quite an exciting and busy contestant at the D95 2014 Fall Conference, winning the English Table Topics Contest and taking second place in the English Humorous Speech Contes. The interview was done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.  Note:  due to length this interview is in two parts.

In the coming weeks I’ll be publishing interviews done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Stay tuned.

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note: The picture above comes courtesy of  Calin Iepure.

The interview with Ovidiu Oltean Part 1.

 

The interview with Ovidiu Oltean Part 2.

Episodes 35 and 36 Khaled Matlagaitu

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Khaled Maltlagaitu

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Khaled Matlagaitu, who is currently an International Director at Toastmasters, representing Region 11. The interview was done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.  Note:  due to length this interview is in two parts.

In the coming weeks I’ll be publishing interviews done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Stay tuned.

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note: The picture above comes courtesy of  Khaled Matlagaitu.

The interview with Khaled Matlagaitu Part 1

The interview with Khaled Matlagaitu Part 2

Episodes 33 and 34- Kailey Peng

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Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we interviewed  Kailey Peng, who was the winner of the D95 2014 Humorous Speech Contest. The interview was done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.  Note:  due to length this interview is in two parts.

In the coming weeks I’ll be publishing interviews done at the D95 2014 Fall Conference in Frankfurt, Stay tuned.

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note: The picture above comes courtesy of  Kailey .

The interview with Kailey Peng Part 1

 

The interview with Kailey Peng Part 2

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