Destination 101

Back by popular demand. Our popular podcast returns! 


Destination 101 Podcast

Take a ride with us down Highway 101 to hear from District 101 Toastmasters spanning from Santa Clara County to Monterey County, clustering along Highway 101 in California.

In past seasons, District 101 shared news, tips, and events related to communication, leadership, and even technology.

In Season 3, our host Solarzar will explore topics of interest to all Toastmasters and how to apply those skills in the real world. 

Destination 101 

with Solarzar

Our season will start with personal leadership, evaluations, membership, pocket speeches, passion, attitude, and people-smart skills.

Season 3

Episode S3.02: I Came, I Saw, I Evaluated

Solarzar Dellaporta, DTM, producer and host, shares insights on how Toastmasters improves member communication and builds Leadership skills through the practice of evaluation. Exploring the origin of evaluation, through various techniques, and focusing on the intent of an evaluation Solarzar provides a detailed journey of how to practice effective evaluation. (Runtime: 19 min)
About Solarzar

About Solarzar

Solarzar is a 28-year Toastmaster with 11 years of radio and podcast experience. He will share ideas to guide us to reach beyond during our Toastmasters journey.

Season 2

Episode S2.07: Should I Sit…or Stand? (pitstop edition)

This “pitstop edition” focuses on whether to sit or stand during a presentation, especially a virtual presentation. Join host Birgit Starmanns to hear what you may want to consider when deciding to sit or stand! (Runtime: 5:18)

Episode S2.06: Audience Participation (pitstop edition)

This “pitstop edition” focuses on techniques for audience participation, and to involve your audience in your presentations. Join host Birgit Starmanns to hear about tips you can use for both live and online audience interactions! (Runtime: 5:22)

Episode S2.05: Tips for Toasting (pitstop edition)

This “pitstop edition” focuses on tips for toasting! Yes, Toastmasters can help you with tips on how to toast your friends and colleagues, especially now that we are in the holiday season. Join host Birgit Starmanns to find out! (Runtime: 5:29)

Episode S2.04: Hybrid Meeting Considerations (pitstop edition)

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)

Episode S2.03: Zoom Backgrounds (pitstop edition)

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)

Episode S2.02: Eye Contact in Zoom (pitstop edition)

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)

Episode S2.01: Be a 101% Toastmaster

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)