Toastmasters Podcast #141: Meet Keith Ferrazzi—2018 Golden Gavel Recipient

August 20, 2018Categories: International Convention, Golden Gavel, Networking, Relationships

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.

[26:24] Toastmasters’ most prestigious award is the Golden Gavel. Since 1959, the award has been given annually to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership.

Toastmasters International has named Keith Ferrazzi as its 2018 Golden Gavel recipient for his leadership in the field of networking and relationship-building. The award recognizes Ferrazzi's extensive influence in encouraging individuals and organizations to build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships. Ferrazzi will accept the award in August at the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

In this episode, Mr. Ferrazzi shares:

— the role speech and debate played in launching his college education and career

— how he connects with audiences even in high stakes speaking situations

— what it means that we are all hardwired for better relationships

— insightful perspective on the value of working positively with people with whom we may have very different perspectives and opinions

— why most people’s definition of integrity does not go far enough 

— suggestions on how a “Conference Commando” approach can help you extract the most value from your next conference or convention experience. 

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