#165: Aristotle was a Toastmaster – John Bowe

September 15, 2020Categories: Public Speaking, Personal Development, Communication, International Convention, Inspiration

The Toastmasters Podcast with Bo Bennett, Ryan Levesque, and Greg Gazin
The Toastmasters Podcast is like a radio talkshow featuring interviews with Toastmasters usually featured in the Toastmaster magazine. But unlike a radio show, a podcast is on the Internet, and available, for free, to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, and a connected device capable of playing audio.

[29:49] In today's stimulating episode, Greg & Ryan speak with John Bowe, author of I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection published by Random House last month, as follow-up to John's fascinating educational session at the 2020 Toastmasters International Convention and article in the August 2020 issue of The Toastmaster Magazine.

John provides insight into the history of public speaking, including the role of Aristotle's seminal work, Ars Rhetorica. John also shares his personal story of a lifetime of disappointment with his own spoken communication skills. His study of rhetoric combined with the skills he learned at Toastmasters made him not just a better communicator, but a better person. 

Today's conversation will not only inspire you, it might even remind you why you fell in love with Toastmasters in the first place!

John Bowe has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, McSweeney’s, This American Life, and many others. He is the co-editor of Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs (Crown, 1999); editor of Us: Americans Talk About Love (Faber USA, 2010), and author of Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy (Random House, 2007). He currently lives in New York City and can reached at JohnFBowe.com.

You can read John's article in the August 2020 issue of the Toastmaster: https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine/magazine-issues/2020/aug/i-have-something-to-say

Watch John's educational presentation at the Toastmasters International 2020 Virtual Convention: https://youtu.be/tO71ErH_wLM

You can also get John's book at the Toastmasters on-line store: https://www.toastmasters.org/shop/education/books/B80--I-Have-Something-to-Say


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