Destination 101 Podcast
Tips, tricks, and tools on communication, leadership, and even technology.
Take a ride with us on Highway 101, and hear from Toastmasters District 101, the area from Santa Clara to Monterey counties, clustering along Highway 101 in California.
In Season 1, we focused on District 101 news, tips and events, and heard from leaders, members and clubs. Now in Season 2, we have introduced short versions, or “pitstop editions,” which will provide Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters with tips and tricks and tools covering speaking, communication, and even a few technology tips.
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This “pitstop edition” focuses on things to think about as you prepare to move from an exclusively virtual meeting environment to taking the next step to being in-person again – through hybrid meetings. Should you stay virtual? Should you go hybrid? And what should you consider and investigate before going hybrid? Join host Birgit Starmanns to find out! (Runtime: 6:49)
Continuing our new short format, this “pitstop edition” focuses on quick tips and tricks for Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike; listen in as host Birgit Starmanns discusses Zoom backgrounds, from the real to the virtual, and some creative ways in which Zoom backgrounds can be used. (Runtime: 6:34)
In a new short format, the “pitstop editions” will focus on quick tips and tricks for Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters alike. Listen in as host Birgit Starmanns discusses ways in which you can improve your eye contact in Zoom meetings, and ways to practice and self-evaluate. (Runtime: 5:10)
Birgit Starmanns, DTM, producer and host, welcomes Ashley Gonzales, who is part of the Club Growth Team in Toastmasters District 101. We discuss why members may want to start a new club and the benefits they can gain by doing so. Ashley also introduces the new 101% Toastmaster program that will provide members with assistance in creating new clubs. (Runtime: 16:25)
This episode features Birgit Starmanns, DTM, who is District 101’s PR Manager, in a conversation with the District Director, Vaibhav Singh, who makes his second appearance in this podcast. Listen in on the discussion of the “State of District 101,” as Vaibhav shares stories about the improving engagement of new clubs and members as we move into our “fourth quarter” of the Toastmasters year, and highlights the current speech contest season. He also discusses his thoughts on continuous learning in communication and in leadership roles, and overcoming a resistance to the Toastmasters Pathways educational program. (Runtime: 20:09)
This episode features Birgit Starmanns, DTM, who is District 101’s PR Manager, in a conversation with the Presidents of two newly chartered Toastmasters clubs. Katrina Brock is the President of Toastmasters @ Sunbasket, and Erica Tamburo is the President of WIP Toastmasters (which stands for Women in Products). Hear about their experiences and what they consider to be the “personality” of their clubs. Plus there’s a little flashback to a Comcast Newsmakers episode where Birgit discussed – the personalities of Toastmasters clubs. (Runtime: 25:12)
This episode features Birgit Starmanns, DTM, who is District 101’s PR Manager, having a conversation with Mythili Prabhu, DTM, and District 101’s very first District Director. Our conversation includes Mythili’s personal stories through her 10+ years with Toastmasters, and what she continues to gain from her membership. And since Episode 5 debuted on February 5, our trivia takes a cruise through various “special holidays” that no one has heard of, in search of a District 101 Toastmasters day. (runtime: 19:10)
On this episode, Birgit Starmanns (District 101’s PR Manager) hosts Yifang Xu (District 101’s Club Growth Director), to discuss the importance of membership for Toastmasters clubs, skills that members can gain, plus Yifang shares the current District 101 membership incentive programs. We also ruminate on the New Year, and setting goals any time and not just on January 1. And see if you can spot all of the fun quotes about the New Year, ranging from a song, a poem, a movie, and several writers. (runtime: 19:18)
This podcast differs from our standard format, and an interview turned into a conversation. Hear about the personal stories of Birgit Starmanns, DTM, Public Relations Manager, and Rita Barber, DTM, Past District Governor, focused on families – the real families, the chosen families, and the Toastmasters family. (runtime: 28:21)
Birgit Starmanns (PR Manager) hosts our second-ever guest, Shyamala Sista (Program Growth Director) to talk about education and mentorship for Toastmasters and District 101 special programs. And we have included a little “holiday break.” (Runtime: 14:30)
Birgit Starmanns (PR Manager) hosts the inaugural guest, Vaibhav Singh (District Director) on the “State of the District” talk. We answer a few member questions, and give you a little “trivia break” about the history of our name! (Run time 19:00)