iPod Playlist and PowerPoint Presentation for Toastmasters “All One People” Contest

When it comes to creating a vibe of unity and diversity, nothing can beat the combined power of music and images.  When asked to provide the music and visuals for the District One Tall Tales and International Speech Contest in Culver City, I got my inspiration from the theme: All One People.  I pulled a diversity of images from Google as well as my own collection and I chose songs that create and All One People feel.

If you’re a Toastmaster and would like to use this PowerPoint for your next presentation please feel free.  It’s available below as PowerPoint and PDF. I would like to ask that you keep the Agape Toastmasters group photo and the Get Galvanized photo in the mix but otherwise you can edit and add your own flair to it.

From Get Galvanized

“All One People” PowerPoint
“All One People” PDF

What I did was save the playlist to my iPod then took the iPod to the contest and plugged it into the sound board. The music played over the P.A. and created a festive, party-like feel. Some people spontaneously shook their hips and snapped their fingers and the overall vibe of the event was flowing and fun.

Get some of the songs I played at the contest on iTunes. Click on the links below. Here’s the playlist of the day:

Beautiful People (ft. Macy Gray) by Black Eyed Peas
Everyday People – Maroon 5 by Sly & The Family Stone off Different Strokes By Different Folks

If Everybody Looked The Same by Groove Armada

Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin by Sly & The Family Stone

Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas

Music to Galvanize Veterans

The Smashing Pumpkins just released a new music video for “Drum + Fife,” which serves as an allegory for veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s an issue that Corgan is clearly passionate about and he wants to make a difference.

Read More at fushion.net

As a bonus, here’s JP Cormier HOMETOWN BATTLEFIELD Official Video!! A montage video of people who are affected by PTSD. Have compassion and gratitude for veterans today and everyday. Win or lose, “right or wrong” their sacrifices are what make your freedom possible.

Music to Destress While Studying for Final Exams

Many experts and students alike agree that music can be a great way to get destressed. In an piece titled Relaxation tips to de-stress your life during finals, Madison McIntyre writes:

Get your jam on. Make a playlist of your favorite songs with a quick beat. The music will help you accomplish homework and get you in the zone. Some people recommend instrumental music, I recommend anything that won’t lead to hours of lip synching.

Maybe you have kids in school who are being tested. This article Anxiety: How can we support our youth? has some words of wisdom for youth and adults alike. Mary McPhail Gray writes:

(Youth) should as much as possible have a chance to be physically active in a positive way — going for a run/walk, climbing/jumping to increase their body’s natural serotonins and provide a stress-relieving “high.”

Mary McPhail Gray also writes:

Favorite music that takes their minds off worries and good nutrition are additional ways to combat anxiety.

Below, take your choice of the How to Take a Test: RAP for kids and for the adults a hypnosis MP3 for test anxiety.

This Test Anxiety MP3 was recorded at a workshop for Orange Coast College Re-entry Students. Enjoy it free here and look for additional Hypnosis MP3s by Sheri Zampelli at various outlets such as iTunes and CD Baby.

Listening = Building Associations

The Master Mind principle is based on the idea that we all share one mind and as more people share a similar belief, the cultural consciousness shifts. One of the places you can hear the direct relationship of influence is music.

Most music today is inspired by music from the past. Not everyone who listens to music knows this but people who produce it usually do and they often have a reason for being influenced by a certain artist.

Stevie Wonder has been an incredible source of influence for many hip-hop and R & B artists. Today when I was at the gym the song Rocket Love (1980) came on.

Starting at about 1:21 in the song and throughout the song is a lyric “Cold Cold World”. This same lyric and sound is a song by Genius GZA released in 1996. Today when I heard Rocket Love, I also heard Cold World in my mind which made me think of how and maybe why I discovered this song to begin with.

Do people unconsciously make their current music choices based on influences from the past? Are musicians consciously or unconsciously shaping our culture with their message? Does listening to old music keep you stuck?

As a person who’s been heavily influenced by music I try to make my selections consciously and as a DJ I also have a conscious intention to build unity and a family vibe.

DJ Gal VanIZed EPIC Summer Night 2013

And yes, a group of people in a room listening to the same music, laughing and dancing at the same time is probably one of the most powerful Master Mind groups there can be. Whatever you say or play today, do it consciously, pay attention and play wisely. The words you share will undoubtedly impact the future.

Warrior Woman Workout Playlist

Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated for your workout. Especially if you feel bad about your body or you’re in boring surroundings. I have a cure for you: The Warrior Woman Workout Playlist.

I’m warning you, this music is extremely high-energy and you will probably notice a difference in your body right away as you listen. Rather than drag your body unwillingly and lethargically through your 30 minute workout, why not glide like a gazelle or command your space like a warrior (or warrior princess).

This playlist will help set the tone for just that type of workout. I was on the treadmill at 3.0-5.0 miles for about 42 minutes with these tunes and I had a rockin’ good time. The majority of the time I was jogging, I only used the fast walk for warm up and cool down. All links go to iTunes.

Propellerheads Decksanddrumsandrockandroll I started off with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (feat. Propellerheads) – Shaken and Stirred – The David Arnold James Bond Project This really set the tone for feelin’ a little James Bond meets Samantha Stevens. I was ready to raise the roof after this one. The song is 9:20 so it’s almost ten minutes of total starpower. Here are the songs that followed. I was in the zone!

Demons by Fatboy Slim

In Britain – Punk and Disorderly (Deluxe Edition)

Bodhisattva Vow by Beastie Boys

You’ll Never Change Me by Chron Gen

Drop That Thing by Groove Armada


Teenage Kicks by The Undertones


Annalisa by Public Image Ltd.

Cool down song:
Believe it or not, Playpen by Social Distortion. This band is kinda “slow/fast” I imagined one of the slow mosh pits I used to see develop at their live shows.

As a side note, many of the samples that iTunes chooses for these songs is the set-up leading to the intensely fast part, don’t let that fool you.