Brinker breaks a little longer

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Eleven of our members defied the first snowfall of the year and held a terrific meeting on December 9. Common sense told us that most of us would not be available for a meeting on December 23, so we voted to cancel that meeting. With our best wishes for the holidays and the new year, we’ll see you again on January 13.

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About Brinker Toastmasters

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Brinker Toastmasters is a member of Toastmasters International, the world’s largest nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping men and women become more effective listeners, leaders, and speakers. We have been active in Vienna, Virginia, since 1998. Please use the links on this page to learn more about us and local Toastmasters organizations.

We meet at Navy Federal Credit Union, 820 Follin Lane, in Vienna, VA on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. (For exact directions to our meeting room see We’re Moving Again.) Our meetings begin at 9:30 am and end around 11:00 am. Guests are always welcome.

Take a look at this video to see how Toastmasters works; then use the form below to contact us to ask for more information about our club.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

I actually read about this selection in the morning papers. The New York Times suggests that the word has been around since the 1960s and points out the the short list for selection also included milkshake duck and broflake. Language certainly does change.

Seth Godin has a lesson for speakers

Seth Godin’s post today is titled “Different people hear differently.” Read it carefully.

What you say is not nearly as important as what we hear.

Which means that the words matter, and so does the way we say them. And how we say them. And what we do after we say them.

It takes two to be understood. Not just speaking clearly, but speaking in a way that you can be understood.

Empathy is not sufficient. Compassion is more useful, because it’s possible to talk to someone who is experiencing something that you’ve never experienced.

A surprising church sign

Twitter frequently publishes a collection of signs currently displayed in front of churches. This one is sure to get a grammarian’s attention. How about yours?

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