Music on NPR

(Slightly off topic)

Here is something a little unusual. On Saturday. a song that I wrote using Garage Band on my IPAD was broadcast live as the opening song on Geek Speak, a radio show from KUSP (Central Coast Public Radio, Santa Cruz). It is syndicatd via the US National Public Radio podcasts. You can listen to the show here (but you have to wait until the end to hear the credits).

You can downoad the song off my photo-blog here: Geek Speak Theme

Podcast: Interview with the Times

I have received a copy of my recent interview with the times. This was recorded at the dinner at the Toastmasters conference in Johannesburg.  I discussed Toastmasters, the importance of communication and leadership skills, and why the Toastmasters programme is so important.

[podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/audio/CraigStrachanDistrictGovenorIinterview.mp3[/podcast]

Thanks to Ian and Michael Bratt, as well as the Times for the copy.

Toastmasters Induction Speech

On Saturday 4 July, we celebrated our incoming Toastmasters district leaders by holding a gala Induction Dinner.

I was installed as District Governor in a ceremony chaired by Past District Governor, Frances Boshoff, after which I presented my incoming address, where I spoke a little about what Toastmasters means to me, and I presented the district theme – Toastmasters, Growing People.

[podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/video/DistrictInductionCraig_4_July_2009.mp3[/podcast]

Toastmasters Induction Speech

On Saturday 4 July, we celebrated our incoming Toastmasters district leaders by holding a gala Induction Dinner.

I was installed as District Governor in a ceremony chaired by Past District Governor, Frances Boshoff, after which I presented my incoming address, where I spoke a little about what Toastmasters means to me, and I presented the district theme – Toastmasters, Growing People.

District Governor
District Governor

The outgoing officers were also released from their duties, allowing them to handover the leadership duties to a new set of officers, and Lois Strachan was installed as the IPDG (Immediate Past District Governor), which means that she will be chairing the PDG advisary committee for the next year.

Anyway, if you missed the dinner, it was a fantastic function, and judging by the noise level, was enjoyed by all. If you didn’t manage to get there, I have a video of my speech, you can watch it below. Anyway, keep talking, and remember that Toastmasters Grow people!

Toastmasters District Message

In this message, presented to District at Toastmasters Club Officer Training, held on 20 June, 2009 I discuss how the young average in Africa (19), and the troubling economic times provide a huge opportunity for Toastmasters in Africa, and in particular in Southern Africa. It is a message of growth for our organisation.

[podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/video/District Message.mp3[/podcast]

Toastmasters District Message

In this message, presented to District at Toastmasters Club Officer Training, held on 20 June, 2009 I discuss how the young average in Africa (19), and the troubling economic times provide a huge opportunity for Toastmasters in Africa, and in particular in Southern Africa. It is a message of growth for our organisation.


Excuse the background – the training was in a ballet hall! I guess I have spoken in strange venues. Anyway, the main thing is to listen to the message, and not to watch the background.

Interview with Dorian Haarhoff


I recently reviewed the book “The Halo and the Noose“, by Dorian Haarhoff and Graham Williams. Here is an interview with Dorian in which we discuss the book, storytelling and stories in business.

[podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/audio/Dorian Haarhof.MP3[/podcast]

If the book sounds interesting, you can order it here.

Interview with Cyndi Maxey

Speak upIn this interview with Cyndi Maxey, co-author of “Speak Up!  A woman’s guide to presenting like a pro”, she discusses the book, issues female presentors face and some  of the benefits that women have over men as speakers.

 [podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/audio/CyndiMaxey.mp3[/podcast]

I recently wrote a review of the book, which you can read here.

Finding free images on Flickr (legally!)

  • Are your presentations dull and boring?
  • Do you want to add spice to your images?
  • Are you looking for quality images that you can use for free?

If so, you need to watch this 4 1/2 minute long video. It shows a simple step by step process that you can follow to find quality royalty-free images for your next presentation!

It uses the photo-sharing website – www.flickr.com to find images that you can commercially use at no cost.

Cell Phones – Winning the humour hop-about contest

The humour-hopabout contest has been running since 1980 and it always draws fierce competition, a large audience, and lots of laughter. To compete, you need to present a 3-4 minute long humorous speech. I believe that the more you speak, the more you learn (stage time), so I entered the contest.

Well, imagine my surprise when I won the contest with my speech, which examined the lighter side of mobile phones. Clearly, I must be learning something from the Champions Edge. I also re-listened to Darren?s Make em Laugh set the week before the contest, which helped me to focus on and edit my speech.

[podcast]https://www.craigstrachan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/audio/CraigCellPhonesNov2008.mp3[/podcast]