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 last about two hours. 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.

 

 

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Your voice matters

Disclaimer—The author of this post has enrolled in the Visionary Communication path.

 

Good Advice

Seth Godin weighs in on presentations at his web site today. Here’s the gist of what he has to say—

  1. Make it shorter. No extra points for filling your time.

  2. Be really clear about what it’s for. If the presentation works, what will change? Who will be changed? Will people take a different course of action because of your work? If not, then why do you do a presentation?

  3. Don’t use slides as a teleprompter. If you have details, write them up in a short memo and give it to us after the presentation.

  4. Don’t sing, don’t dance, don’t tell jokes. If those three skills are foreign to you, this is not a good time to try them out.

  5. Be here now. The reason you’re giving a presentation and not sending us a memo is that your personal presence, your energy and your humanity add value. Don’t hide them. Don’t use a prescribed format if that format doesn’t match the best version of you.

Microsoft’s Slack competitor is now available at no cost

The Verge reports that Microsoft is taking on Slack with a no-cost version of its Teams software. I’m interested in using a product like this to simplify club communications and planning. Instead of having random messages appear in our inboxes, we should be able to keep planning messages and agendas for each meeting in separate folders. I suspect it would be much easier to maintain our roster, and officers might be able to create a separate group for their communications.

If you’ve had experience with software like this, please tell us about it in a comment, and be sure to mention advantages and disadvantages I haven’t anticipated. More on Teams from Microsoft here.

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