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Episode 64: Pat Johnson Talks Toastmasters Education

Pat Johnson at Toastmasters International

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode  we interviewed Toastmasters International Past President Pat Johnson and we discussed Pathways Learning Experience (formerly known as R.E.P. or the Revitalized Education Program. We recorded the interview at Blab.  We did run into a few technical challenges along the way, so the quality the recording does have a few problems here and there. We’d like to thank D95 Chief Ambassador-  Ellen Hermes and D59 Chief Ambassador- Celeste Brown, who stepped in while Pat was trying to join us on camera. Thank you to Lorraine Taylor for moderating this interview, when I ran into problems with my network connection. Thank you to Sevetlana Rakhimova who did a lot of work behind the scenes (especially helping us to run the chat).  Thank you to Pat Johnson for joining us in the session, enduring  some trials and tribulations along the way, and for being so flexible. Thank you to everyone who joined us live at Blab. As mentioned earlier I had some network problems during the interview, so that is why my role wasn’t so active during the interview. Pat Johnson and our other guests shared a lot of valuable  information and experiences with us.  We hope that you enjoy the session.

We hope that you’ve had a chance to watch the interview that we did with Victoria Ferrer, Region 11 Advisor (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). and please spread the word. We have several more episodes in the pipeline.  If you have an idea for episode, you know someone that you think is doing  or has done interesting or amazing things, we’d like to talk to them. please add a comment or contact us. We’ve enjoyed out Blab sessions so far and will be looking at doing some more of this and who knows what else we’ll try. Stay tuned.  Happy Toastmastering.

Look for the next episode, in the coming weeks.

Note the picture above was provided by Pat Johnson

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 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:


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

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.



Has Your Club Been SWOTted?

Toastmasters Club SWOT



The 2013-14 Toastmaster year is now underway and it is time to start doing club planning for the year.  Division F recently had our first Club Officers Training of the year.  All of the club presidents present did a SWOT analysis (see the picture above) along with the officers in their club.


SWOT is an abberviation of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Weaknesses. Each club should discuss and come up with some points for each area,   based on what the come up with, you should come up with three action items that you’ll focus on.  In order for the action items to work, you should make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely), they should be assigned to people so that they can be performed and tracked.


If you and your club are SMART in your SWOT, you’ll be on your way to a great  Toastmaser year. Check out the Our Toastmasters group pinboard for other helpful Toastmaster documents and ideas.



Come Join The Toastmasters Pinterest Banner Group Pinboard


Have you heard of Pinterest? This social media darling has had astronomical growth with millions more people discovering it every month.  In February 2013, it was reported by Reuters that Pinterest had over 48 million global visitors.  There are lots of ways that Toastmasters can make use of Pinterest and one of these is by the use of the “Our Toastmaster Banners” Pinterest group pinboard. I’d like to tell you about the group pin board.


What is Pinterest, you’re probably asking?  Wikipedia says “Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos.”  Its like putting a big pinboard online and adding the social aspects that we’re all getting more and more used to.  This means that you can create your own pinboards, themed about pratically anything; you can add your own pictures to each pinboard or add pictures from the internet, other people can follow your boards and “re-pin” items that they like, and you can invite others to join on boards where you would like to collaborate.


What does this have to do with Toastmasters, you ask?  Toastmasters is largely a social organization and it makes sense for us to tap into various social media sites and to be where the people are.  By sharing Toastmasters related content in Pinterest, we reach out to a new audience that potentially join our clubs and make use of our material and it allows us to share material with other Toastmasters and to find material that others find interesting and useful.


The basic goal behind the “Our Toastmaster Banners”  is to collect pictures of banners from every single club, division, district, and region (basically anywhere there is a Toastmaster banner, a picture of it should appear here).  This gives people looking at the group pinboard an idea of how many clubs there are and where they are in a visual way that will draw attention to Toastmasters.  As the group grows, with more and more club banners being pinned, the board has a great chance of getting noticed and possibly going viral.   This is a great place to tell a story about your club and to share banner pictures from clubs that you visit.


There are different ways to participate.  You can send an email to ( asking to join the group pinboard (be sure to let e know your Pinterest username and provide a link to your Pinterest profile). You can pin banner pictures from your club and clubs you visit.  You can tell your clubs story.  You can comment on pins in the group pinboard.  You can challenge others and other clubs to participate. You can send a picture of your club banner to (


Our Toastmasters” is anouther group pinboard with lots of educational sharing opportunities.  There are pins linking to useful Toastmaster material, some people have even added links to videos of some of the World Champion of Public Speaking winning videos.  Maybe you have something to share that you think other Toastmasters could benefit from. Why not check out this board as well?


I hope that you’ll check out the  “Our Toastmaster Banners” and the “Our Toastmasters” pinboards and promote your clubs and share valueable and useful information with other Toastmasters. Happy Pinning!


Bye for now.


Lars Sudmann

Toastmasters Podcast Europe is extremely pleased to have received a first video from Lars Sudmann.
Lars is a Member of the oldest Toastmasters Club in Belgium, the recently 40 years old
‘’Brussels Toastmasters’’:
His own website is

When I was founding new Toastmasters clubs in Flanders, Belgium, Lars’ contribution was substantial.
In each new club he would come over several times – all the way from Brussels – to favour us with his
Educationals on
How To

  • invent worthwhile Table Topics on the spot
  • valuable Evaluations to help fellow Toastmasters along
  • structural Organisation of your speech
  • the necessary Humor in speeches
  • use and not mis-use of PowerPoint (We all use his T-T-T!)
  • etc.etc.

Living in the U.K. now, I hope to see him on these isles as well. After all, interaction between the Districts
of Europe was always essential and will become even more so after the realignment into four Districts.