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.

District Election Results Posted

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Brinker member Isaac Sogunro during contestant interviews.

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Brinker member Anil Nair during contestant interviews.

The results of the District 29 election are now available at the District 29 web site.

District Director

 Amy Brener, DTM

Program Quality Director

 Dwight Yamada, DTM

Club Growth Director

 Dana Richard, DTM

Division A Director

 Rachel Grandpre, CC, ALB

Division B Director

 Matt Mertz, CC

Division C Director

 Carol Turner, ACB, ALB

Division D Director

 Wilson Rumble, DTM

Division E Director

 Gary Bisaga, ACS, ALB

Division F Director

 Greg Josephs, ACS, ALB

Division G Director

 Ingrid Thomas, ACS, ALB

Also posted are the photos of contest winners and a link to Edmond Joe’s photos of the event.

Uh-oh

From the linked article:

Are you preparing for a big event or want to become a better and more captivating communicator in general? Download the app, tap record and simply deliver your talk. The app uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to analyze your speech clarity, energy and pace, and recognizes filler words like “so,” “basically,” and “like.” In addition, the app also provides easy-to-use tips to help you instantly improve. For example, in order to increase your credibility and decrease the use of filler words, simply speak slower, as people tend to slip more “um’s” when they need their brains to catch up with their mouths.

Orai is free at the iTunes app store. Anyone want to give it a trial run with me?

Graduation Speeches

It’s time to watch for graduation speeches again. The first offering this year takes a look at 15 speeches by women. I can’t claim to be familiar with the speeches, but they do look  interesting—Viola Davis, Ariana Huffington, Nora Ephron, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama (does anyone remember Barack’s address at Howard a while ago?), Hillary Clinton, and more.

Another consideration for evaluators?

Most of you don’t yet have this to worry about, but here it is—

As adults without any neurological disease get older, the grammatical complexity of their sentences declines (people in their twenties use an average of 3 clauses per sentence; people in their seventies average about 1.4). The density of propositional content in their sentences declines, as do word-finding abilities (which explains, by the way, Trump’s restricted repertoire of, say, adjectives: “horrible,” “terrific,” “great,” “big,” “nice”). In studies of the coherence of a discourse, the older talkers are less able to stay on topic, even though sentence to sentence remain connected to each other. However, older speakers produce more coherent discourse when they’re talking with younger people — as Trump often is. The younger speaker — or the interviewer — “appears to scaffold the performance of their elderly partner by introducing ideas and phrases that can then be developed by the elderly individual,” wrote Lauren Saling and others in a 2014 research articlein The Journal of Gerontology.

Michael Erard via The Awl

(Michael Erard has been mentioned here before.)

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